Reservation Dogs season 3: next episode, how to watch and everything we know about the comedy

Paulina Alexis , Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor and Elva Guerra in Reservation Dogs
Paulina Alexis , Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor and Elva Guerra in Reservation Dogs (Image credit: FX)

Reservation Dogs has been one of the most acclaimed series to come out in the last few years, picking up awards and "best of the year" citations left and right, so the return of Reservation Dogs season 3 is one to get excited for if you're in the need for some high-quality TV. And we've got everything you need to know before catching up with Elora, Bear, Willie Jack and Cheese.

Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs has raised the profile of indigenous people in front of and behind the camera. In addition to telling their stories as the main plot, every writer, director and series regular on the show has an indigenous heritage, while the series is also shot on location in Oklahoma. 

The authenticity and depth of storytelling has led to a Peabody Award, an AFI Television Program of the Year honor for both of its seasons and a special recognition from the Television Academy for fueling social change.

While the show has done a lot beyond the TV set, it is also pretty entertaining to watch in its own right. We can't wait to see more of the Rez Dogs and we're sure you can't either, so here’s everything you need to know about Reservation Dogs season 3.

When is the next Reservation Dogs season 3 episode?

After season critically acclaimed seasons, Reservation Dogs comes to an end with its series finale now available to stream on Hulu. The finale is titled "Dig" and has the simple synopsis of, "Love you, B*tch."

It is being reported that Reservation Dogs season 3 is going to premiere on Disney Plus for UK and other international subscribers on October 13.

Reservation Dogs season 3 plot

After the Rez Dogs finally made it out to California together to give a final goodbye to their friend Daniel, they now must adjust to life back on the reservation. Here is the official synopsis for Reservation Dogs season 3:

"This season, the Rez Dogs find themselves stranded in Cali and have to figure out their way back home. After making it back to Okern, Elora considers the idea of college, Bear comes across a conspiracy theorist named Maximus, Willie Jack grows more invested in healing her community and Cheese, well, he still lives with his grandmother who's not his grandmother. Meanwhile, the aunties, uncles and elders explore their pasts and try to heal old wounds. We learn more about tribal cop Big; cannabis-loving Brownie; physics-obsessed Bucky; the enigmatic Deer Lady; Bear's mom Rita and her cousin Teenie; Willie Jack's dad Leon; Daniel's mom Hokti; medicine man Old Man Fixico; junkyard prophet Kenny Boy; gum-smacking Bev; and ride-less rap duo Mose and Mekko.

"Season 3 is full of road trips, bathroom wisdom, unexpected fathers, boarding schools, Bigfoot, rumors, revenge and healing."

It was also revealed that season 3 is going to be the final one for Reservation Dogs, meaning another great TV show is ending in 2023.

FX officially released a statement about show creators Harjo and Waititi's decision to conclude the story:

"People throw around the words historic and groundbreaking far too often and without merit: Reservation Dogs is worthy of those superlatives.  Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi created one of the most important TV shows ever made. They gave the world a wholly unique, original and honest portrayal of Native people — one that has never before been seen in television or film.

"It's difficult to say goodbye to these indelible characters and to an award-winning series that The Hollywood ReporterThe New York TimesRolling Stone, Variety and Vulture named The Best Show of 2022. That said, we support Sterlin and Taika's decision to end the series in a way that will cement its legacy.

"We, along with our partners at Hulu, are forever grateful to the producers, writers, directors, cast, crew and the Native land and communities in eastern Oklahoma who collaborated to make this masterpiece. While we're sad to see the show come to an end, we're excited for Sterlin, Taika and Garrett Basch to continue to tell stories for FX. And Rez Dogs fans, we hope you share our excitement and anticipation for the coming season."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episodes

Here is the official synopses for the Reservation Dogs season 3 episodes that are currently available:

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 1, "BUSSIN"
"Teenie brings the Rez Dogs home."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 2, "Maximus"
"Bear is at a crossroads."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 3, "Deer Lady"
"Deer Lady sees glimpses of her past while helping Bear."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 4, "Friday"
"The Rez Dogs get punished for going to California."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 5, "House Made of Bongs"
"Dazed and confused."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 6, "Frankfurter Sandwich"
"Cheese goes camping."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 7, "Wahoo!"
"Rita gets an unexpected visit from an old friend."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 8, "Send It"
"The gang gets interrogated."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 9, "Elora's Dad"
"Elora meets her dad for the first time."

Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 10, "Dig"
"Love you, B*tch."

Reservation Dogs season 3 cast

We've gotten to know the Reservation Dogs cast over the last couple of seasons, and just about everyone is back for season 3, including the main quartet of Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear Smallhill, Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack and Lane Factor as Cheese.

But in addition to them, the group of elders and family members on the reservation have also become integral parts of the story. They include:

  • Elva Guerra (Dark Winds) as Jackie
  • Zahn McClarnon (Dark Winds) as Big
  • Gary Farmer (Our Flag Means Death) as Brownie
  • Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans) as Bucky
  • Kaniehtiio Horn (Letterkenny) as Deer Lady
  • Sarah Podemski (Resident Alien) as Rita
  • Tamara Podemski (Outer Range) as Teenie
  • Jon Proudstar (Jackrabbit Sly) as Leon
  • Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) as Hokti
  • Richard Ray Whitman (Drunktown's Finest) as Old Man Fixico
  • Kirk Fox (Jury Duty) as Kenny Boy
  • Jana Schmieding (Rutherford Falls) as Bev
  • Lil Mike (America's Got Talent) as Mose
  • FunnyBone (America's Got Talent) as Mekko

Also, new to the Reservation Dogs cast is Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, 1883), playing a conspiracy theorist named Maximus.

Though not listed in FX's press materials, Dallas Goldtooth (Rutherford Falls) is also expected to be back as Spirit.

Reservation Dogs season 3 trailer

Watch the trailer for Reservation Dogs season 3 right here:

How to watch Reservation Dogs

Reservation Dogs is an FX on Hulu exclusive, meaning it comes from the FX network team, but only streams on Hulu in the US. So a subscription to Hulu is needed to watch past or upcoming episodes of the series. There are a few options to get access to Hulu though, including a standalone subscription, a combo with live TV (Hulu with Live TV) or by bundling it with Disney Plus (and possibly ESPN Plus) via the Disney Bundle.

Outside of the US, Disney Plus carries the show.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.