Australians have been patient and are finally being rewarded with the third season of Lisa McGee’s beloved Derry Girls.
The comedy series, which is based on a group of friends experiencing the Troubles in Northern Ireland, was released in the UK in April – meaning Aussies spent six long months dodging spoilers on social media.
But the wait is almost over! Here’s what to expect from season three and a recap of season two:
Where can I watch season three of Derry Girls in Australia?
All seven episodes of season three of Derry Girls will appear on Netflix on Friday 7 October.
Seasons one and two are now also available to stream on Netflix.
What is Derry Girls about?
You’re not an eejit if you’ve already missed our Derry buddies.
Basically, the show revolves around a group of high school friends who live in Derry, Northern Ireland.
You have Erin, her eccentric cousin Orla, the ever-nervous Clare, the devilish Michelle and Michelle’s sadly English cousin James.
Around our core five revolves Erin’s parents Gerry and Mary, her aunt (and Orla’s mother) Sarah, and the hilariously despondent headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College, Sister George Michael.
The series is set in the ’90s, which not only allows for some absolutely delightful costumes, but also sets the group’s otherwise light-hearted high school antics against the backdrop of real war in the region.
Often referred to as The Troubles, as the second half of the 20th century, Northern Ireland was ravaged by violence between those who wanted the region to remain part of the UK and nationalists who wanted Northern Ireland to join a united Ireland.
Derry was a border town and therefore had a lot of trouble with the unrest.
Derry Girls has mentioned several real life events in its fictional story, including the 1994 IRA ceasefire announcement and the 1995 visit of then-US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton to Northern Ireland. .
Here’s a recap of what happened in season two
Of course there will be spoilers.
Season two saw our gang make all kinds of jokes. Ayyye, great craic that was!
They tried to bridge the gap between Catholics and Protestants by attending a Friends Across the Barricade camp, but were more interested in drinking with the Protestant boys.
They were inspired and then crushed by a new English teacher. They somehow managed to make it to the Take That concert in Belfast, despite reports of an escaped polar bear.
Michelle nearly reversed the wake of Erin’s great-aunt Bridie when her “funny” (read: drug-filled) scones are accidentally served to mourners.
But it was the last two episodes of the season that provided the most movement for characters with a particular highlight on James, the English transplant who is often the punching bag of the group.
In the penultimate episode, Erin is ecstatic after the beautiful but unwitting John Paul agrees to take her to the prom. But as she sits in her kitchen, immaculately dressed with her mom, watching the clock tick by, she realizes she’s been brutally resurrected.
It’s an absolutely heartbreaking scene to watch.
But! A knock on the door reveals James, who has ditched a Doctor Who convention to bring Erin to the dance himself, transforms from a dorky misfit into a white knight and opens a door to a possible romance with Erin.
The final episode of season two is set against the backdrop of former President Clinton’s visit to Derry after the Troubles ceasefire.
James’ estranged mother shows up to take him back to England and despite their frequent insults at him, the girls are stunned at James’ possible departure.
After an unusually sweet speech from his cousin, Michelle, James declares that he IS a Derry Girl and will stay with his friends in Northern Ireland.
What can we expect for season three?
It’s senior year of high school for our Derry Girls in season three and everyone is nervously waiting for their GCSE results.
Trailers show the group being accidentally overtaken by a bunch of robbers looting their school, giving Clare plenty of opportunity to let out some signature wails.
Fatboy Slim is in town for a special Halloween performance that the group plans to do much to the dismay of the parents.
And speaking of parents, sisters Mary and Sarah are getting their own flashback episode with fans across the UK clamoring for their own spin-off.
Season three also promises some high-profile cameos, including one from Northern Ireland native Liam Neeson.
Oh, and without spoiling anything, Erin-James’ romance gets some expansion…
It concludes with a 45-minute special taking place in 1998 as Northern Ireland prepares to vote on the Good Friday Agreement.
Of course, Erin and Orla are more concerned about how many people are showing up for their 18th birthday party!
In every way, season three is a fitting departure for a series hailed as a modern comedy classic.
It is currently 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and received a five-star review in The Guardian with writer Rebecca Nicholson saying, “It’s a rare comedy that bends at a height like this, but Derry Girls has been daring in its round of victory”.
Did Nicola Coughlan Leave Derry Girls?
No, but in season three, her role has been omitted a lot.
Nicola’s always-in-a-tizzy Clare became a fan favorite for two seasons because of her antics and her decision to come out as a lesbian in an environment where LGBTQIA+ people were not always accepted.
Sadly, Nicola is also obligated to another Netflix juggernaut – Bridgerton.
Nicola’s Bridgerton character Lady Featherington has a major storyline in season three of the romantic period drama. This, coupled with the fact that Derry Girls were forced to shift their shooting for season three due to the COVID-19 pandemic, means that Clare’s storyline was cut drastically.
But fear not, Clare fans! She appears in the third season…just not that much.
Is season three the final season of Derry Girls?
We wish it weren’t true, but in season three we’re leaving our Derry girls (and boy) behind, a move confirmed by creator McGee earlier this year.
McGee has expressed some interest in returning to Derry in the form of a movie, but nothing official has been confirmed.