Spoiler Alert: Unless you really, truly want to know these spoilers for season 3 I beg you . . . I implore you . . . don’t read any further.
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WonderCon 2016 gave us extraordinary video interviews with the cast and if you want to watch I’ve included them at the end. If you don’t have an extra few hours laying around, or a mountain of laundry to fold, that’s okay. I sat glued to my computer screen while Hank Steinberg threw out some juicy tidbits and the rest of the cast talked around the details. But after two seasons of watching The Last Ship, I think we can kinda sorta read between the lines.
1.) Dr. Scott is out, Sasha is in
I’m sorry if you are a hard core Rachel/Tom ‘shipper; I know you were planning on a passionate kiss followed by a long courtship with a big white wedding to wrap things up. Unfortunately, it appears that the writers have decided to dash all your hopes and dreams and give Tom a new prospective love interest. Sasha Cooper, played by Bridget Regan, has a past with Chandler and we’ll all be fuzzy on those details until the season begins. However, Sasha develops into a crucial character in this season and will take up residence on the Nathan James. As much as we all might be tempted to hate her, keep in mind that love is messy and, unless Dr. Scott dies from her injuries, there’s always hope.
But who is this Sasha character?
First, she’s a badass. This is no meek woman in need of saving. No, she’s been hanging out in Asia trying to keep peaceful relations between the surviving leadership of the Unites States and what is now called New China. We’ll first see her in a Dodge City/Tortuga setting surrounded by locals of questionable intent. She speaks Mandarin, has sniper training and she knows the players in the region better than anyone else. If the Nathan James hopes to be successful in Asia they need her and her guidance. Plus, she’s going to challenge Chandler on a personal and professional level in a way that no one else has.
2) Slattery gets promoted to Captain, Garnett is XO
While I’m not excited over the crew breaking up, I have always been in favor of Slattery getting his own command. As a fan of Adam Baldwin, I say it’s about darn time he get to captain his own vessel. But how long Slattery will keep this command is the million dollar question. From the season 3 trailer we know that Slattery and his crew get kidnapped and taken as prisoners. Oops! Rookie mistake, man, rookie mistake.
Baldwin himself gave us more clues as to what he and his subordinates will endure during this imprisonment. Profound hardships are coming for this part of the crew: they filmed in the dark, in a jungle setting and there’s lots of mud. Call times for filming were often at 4am and in remote locations to lend an air of authenticity not only to the visual elements of the show, but to also keep the actors from getting too comfortable. I interpret Baldwin’s comment about things getting ‘bloody’ as both a foreshadowing that some crew members may not live to get out of their predicament and that we’ll also get to see some good, old fashioned brawls. We already know that Slattery is hypersensitive about protecting his crew and I pity the fools that think they can keep him down.
3) Three stories in one
The season 2 finale hinted at this briefly, but our crew will be separated into three groups. President Michener has set up the new White House in St. Louis and takes with him Cdr. Chandler as his Chief of Naval Operations and Lt. Foster as a Senior Military Advisor. A rumor goes around that the virus has mutated in Japan and questions arise. Dr. Scott said that wasn’t a possibility but Chandler is sent to investigate.
Meanwhile, back on the home front, Foster has to deal emotionally with Green being deployed. She’s had the baby (Yeah! Baby Seal) and will now navigate the murky waters of home and work life. The United States is fractured, making rebuilding more problematic than they’d hoped. There are regions of the country under control of both the opportunistic and the honorable. How they nation build and negotiate foreign affairs will cause certain conflict.
Marissa indicates in her interview that trust becomes paramount as not everyone is being honest about their intentions. When asked about her favorite scene this season she couldn’t say much, just that she has to make a very difficult military decision where the right choice could impact her forever.
4) Odds and Ends
The world will be a dark place for certain parts of the population. After the devastation of the virus everyone will still need food harvested, trees cut down and minerals mined. There will be those that use their power – and likely their natural immunity – to force others to bend to their will. I’m guessing that slavery and issues of personal freedom will force the crew to decide if they take action or ignore the injustices they witness.
The CIC will be a crazy place. Burk’s brother will take over Lt. Foster’s job as TAO. Jocko mentioned that, like any siblings, rivalries and bickering are never outgrown. We can expect that what they will bicker over will be much more important and more deadly than your typical childhood issues.
While we get to stand and yell at our televisions each week, it is apparent from the interviews that the cast and crew has really put their all into this third season. I know we complain about the 10 month wait, but the quality of this show just can’t be rushed. I loved hearing how each person enjoyed the physicality of the job; the nitty gritty of pushing themselves to give us ‘movie quality work on a tv schedule’ (Bridget Regan). The added complexity is that this world is a post apocalyptic one and requires an attention to detail that most shows never need.
As I write this, there are (only) 73 days until the season premier and the anticipation makes me feel like I’m about to go on a blind date. What will this three story line show look like? Will I like it? Who are these new characters? What happens to Tex and Dr. Scott? And by all that is holy, someone get Slattery an axe. It is like a madhouse of emotions that only the Nathan James can calm.
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