Altered Carbon Season 3: Everything We Know About Its Cancellation or Renewal?


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Altered Carbon season 3 is based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel and the name of it same as the series. This is Netflix’s ambitious cyberpunk thriller which took years to bring to life. It is a two-season series and streaming on Netflix.

This is a cyberpunk science fiction series which bought in Marvel’s Anthony Mackie and replaced Joel Kinnaman in the second season.

A source told one reporter that “uncertainty” over air dates, and the complications of managing big casts in the current climate, signalled the end.

Well, the fate of Altered Carbon is not tied to the coronavirus. According to the Deadline report, the decision to the cancellation was made in April.

Netflix usually decides whether to renew or cancel the show within one month of its premiere on the platform. It allows the company enough time to check data and conclude whether the interest is there from its viewer’s base.

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The second season of the show arrived on 27th February 2022. So as of there should be an announcement regarding the third season of Altered Carbon.

Unfortunately, there is no announcement of season 3 of Altered Carbon as of now by Netflix. But as per the second season of Altered Carbon, there are plenty of questions remained unanswered.

What Will Be the Release Date of Altered Season 3?

The release date of this show is yet to be confirmed by Netflix. Netflix did not announce any official date as of now. But there are a few pieces of information available that we can put together as a jigsaw puzzle.

Netflix released season first of this series on 2nd February 2018. And the second season of the series was released on 27th February 2020. On 19th March 2020 an anime spin-off with the name Altered carbon: Resleeved was released.

Also, it is difficult to speculate about how Netflix decides the renewal of the show based on viewership and ratings. The only news we have regarding the cancellation of the show is the high production cost.

So the show needs some more amount of its viewership so that Netflix can take into consideration the renewal.

Still, we never know, Netflix may renew the show. Till then we need to wait and watch. So keep reading our articles for more such information.

By assuming Altered carbon season it won’t be available on Netflix until early 2022. So in the meantime, you can watch out for the second season again and also you can explore the spin-off universe.

What Will Be the Cast of Altered Carbon Season 3?

It’s too early to discuss who will be the cast for Altered Carbon season 3. As there is no announcement of season 3 by Netflix we can’t predict who will be there in the upcoming season of the show.

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Makers and Netflix did not hint anything about the show and its cast as of now so we cannot assume anything now. Though, the role of AI Edgar Poe will be played by Chris Conner which is implied in the series to get a backup copy of O.G. Kovacs before his stack gets destroyed.

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Interview With Showrunner –

Well, the showrunner Alison Schapker confirmed this news in an interview with IGN. His statement regarding this is as follows –

“We all loved the end of Season 1 when Kovacs gives [Elias] Ryker’s sleeve back to Ortega and then all you see is these boots walking out of the elevator and you’re like, ‘I think Kovacs is coming back, but in what sleeve?’” According to Schapker. “In season 2, we wanted to keep that promise to the audience. We also loved the idea of Poe, who has been fighting deterioration throughout the season, having his own moment of nobility in which he basically sacrifices himself while also copying Kovacs. So, there’s his stack, and there’s Takeshi Kovacs’ consciousness, and that’s our promise to the audience. But what’s up her sleeve… we’ll have to wait and see.”

Everybody is hoping that Anthony Mackie who played the role of Kovacs in season 2 will return back for season 3 of the show. Unfortunately, if authors decide to re-sleeve each season we doubt Mackie will return back. Mackie replaced Joel Kinnaman after the first season.

But there may be some flashbacks in an upcoming season where we can see Mackie. The further actor told more to the reporter which is as follows –

“I’m hoping to be able to bring Kovacs back next season. I’m not sure I’m ready [to end the series].”

Will Yun Lee, as “Kovacs Prime,” is expected to return as the other Takeshi Kovacs for season 3, along with Chris Conner as Poe, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer, Simone Missick as bounty hunter Trepp, and Dina Shihabi as Dig 301. It’s unclear whether Dichen Lachman, who plays Kovacs’ sister Reileen Kawahara, will return. Season 3 of Altered Carbon will feature new characters, including maybe a new Takeshi Kovacs.

What Will Be the Plot of Altered Carbon Season 3?

About the plot of the Altered Carbon season, 3 Schapker told to Hollywood reporter that – “I have certain wishes, but we’re waiting for official confirmation from Netflix. We don’t have a pickup truck. We’re just here for a season. I’m desperate for a third season. I have a lot of ideas for directions, but I’m not sure how much I can say about them. But we’re all set!”

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Of course, there are many unsolved mysteries which are remained from season 2 of Altered Carbon. The most crucial mystery in this show is what happened to Kovacs and his sister Reileen.

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Official Trailer

Check out the official trailer of the Altered carbon Resleeved trailer in the below video. You will get an idea of the plot of the show.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Be There Altered Carbon Season 3?

Netflix cancelled the series after two seasons on August 26, 2020. The decision was taken in April and was unrelated to COVID-19.

Why Netflix Has Cancelled Altered Carbon Season 3?

Unfortunately, the series is cancelled by Netflix. Though, Netflix did not reveal the reason behind the Altered Carbon Season 3 cancellation. But according to some reports, the main reason behind the cancellation decision is due to increased budget and difficulty filming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Well, there is bad news for the viewers and fans of Altered Carbon season 3 now because unfortunately it is cancelled by Netflix. The reason behind the cancellation of the show is the increased budget and difficulty in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will surely update all news regarding this new season as soon as we get it from Netflix and developers. Till then enjoy our articles and stay tuned with us.