A Discovery of Witches spoilers for season two and three follow from the outset.
The second season of A Discovery Of Witches picked up the story of historian (and witch-in-training) Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), as they fled through time to Elizabethan London to escape sinister witch Peter Knox (Owen Teale).
While Diana's aunts Sarah and Em (Alex Kingston and Valarie Pettiford) hid out at the de Clermont family mansion, Sept-Tours, Matthew's vampire son Marcus (Ed Bluemel) vowed to protect his daemon friends Nathaniel and pregnant Sophie from Knox and fellow scheming members of the Congregation, while also beginning a romance with auctioneer Phoebe (Adelle Leonce).
By the end of the season, Diana and Matthew were finishing their adventures in 16th century London and preparing to time-walk back to modern day Sept-Tours. Unfortunately, if and when they get there they will be met with tragedy – Peter Knox, fascinated by Sophie's newborn baby, who is a witch, has got there first.
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Phoebe, Sophie, baby Margaret, Nathaniel, his mother Agatha and Matthew's mother Ysabeau are safely inside the walls of Sept-Tours – but for how long?
Will Diana – now a very powerful witch – and Matthew return in time to protect them?
And has vampire Domenico (Gregg Chillin) uncovered the identity of the vampire, fuelled by blood rage, who has been chomping on Oxford's residents while Matthew has been away?
Here's everything you need to know about A Discovery Of Witches season three...
A Discovery Of Witches season 3 cast: Who's in it?
A third season of A Discovery Of Witches was confirmed at the same time as season two with many of the cast returning, including, of course, leads Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer.
As fans of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy – on which the series is based – know, the final instalment The Book Of Life is the basis of the third season, and the plot of the novel reunites Diana and Matthew with the modern-day residents of Sept Tours.
So even though he was struck down and left unconscious in the woods by Knox in the season two finale, expect Ed Bluemel to return as Marcus, alongside Adelle Leonce as his human girlfriend Phoebe.
They'll be joined by Lindsay Duncan (Ysabeau), Alex Kingston (Sarah) and Gregg Chillin (Domenico), as well as Owen Teale (Peter Knox), Trevor Eve (vampire Gerbert) and Jacob Ifan (the mysterious vampire Benjamin).
And although we only saw Matthew's nephew Gallowglass in Elizabethan times in season two, he reappears in present day France in the third book, so expect a return for the loveable vampire – and actor Steven Cree, who plays him – in season three, too.
A Discovery Of Witches season 3 release date: When will it air on Sky?
Season three of A Discovery Of Witches began filming in Wales in late 2020 under Covid restrictions, and continued in January 2021.
As season two took almost a year to go from filming to broadcast, it's unlikely Sky will air season three until the end of 2021 or early 2022.
A Discovery Of Witches season 3 plot: What will happen?
The cliffhanger season-two finale left lots of questions unanswered, but they should all be resolved in the third season as it is based on the final book in Deborah Harkness' trilogy.
"As far as the trilogy is concerned, the next [third] season is the last," star Matthew Goode confirmed to Digital Spy when he spoke to us during a break in filming season three at the end of 2020.
"There is a fourth book that is Marcus's book," added Teresa Palmer, "but we don't know. Maybe that would be developed into another season, but for right now, this is the end of the road."
So that means that the story of Diana and Matthew will be wrapped up in season three, and one thing we know for sure is that they will have at least one new addition to the family as Diana learned she was pregnant towards the end of season two.
Before they can settle down in marital bliss surrounded by nappies and cuddly toys, however, there are battles to be fought as much has happened in the present day while they have been trotting around 16th century Europe.
Witch Peter Knox's attack on Sept-Tours at the end of season two will have caused much emotional damage and left the witches, daemons and vampires there in danger, especially as both Knox and Gerbert are searching for pages of the Book Of Life they believe may be hidden there.
And, assuming they make it back to Sept-Tours, Diana and Matthew aren't safe, either – The Congregation, made up of vampires, witches (including Knox) and daemons, forbid inter-species relationships so are opposed to the couple's relationship. It may be up to Marcus – as head of the far friendlier Knights Of Lazarus – who believes that the Congregation's ideals are outdated, to come to their aid.
There may be new enemies, too, including the vampire Benjamin, who Diana met briefly in the 16th century Bohemian court and who turned out to be the sire of Andrew (Paul Rhys), the vampire who controlled Elizabethan London. Andrew himself may also be a threat – Diana gave him a drop of her blood in return for his pledge that he would protect young Jack, whom she and Matthew had adopted, and when he tasted it he saw intriguing visions of Diana's life – including glimpses of the future.
If that wasn't enough to be getting on with, there is the question of vampire blood rage, too. Matthew suffers from it and is finding it increasingly hard to control, and there is also a vampire killing humans in England who has the sickness. And while Domenico survived an attack by the blood-rage vampire in the season-two finale, there was someone else watching him from the shadows.
Could this person be yet another threat to Diana and Matthew's happiness?
A Discovery Of Witches: will there be season 4?
The three seasons of A Discovery Of Witches cover all the events of the All Souls trilogy (A Discovery Of Witches, Shadow Of Night, The Book Of Life), but Harkness has written another book, Time's Convert, that focuses on Marcus's story, detailing his history and how he became a vampire, as well as expanding on his relationship with Phoebe.
It's possible that a fourth season could focus on Time's Convert, but Ed Bluemel has no news as yet. "I don't have a clue," he exclusively told Digital Spy. "We are always the last to know as actors, so who knows! There may be the opportunity for it, and it would be so fun."
Adelle Leonce, who plays Phoebe, agreed. "We don’t know anything – the Diana/Matthew story is rounded up in season three and that is the main story, but where it goes after that, who knows…"
A Discovery Of Witches season 3 trailer: When can I watch it?
While much of season three has been filmed, Sky will be keeping footage of the final season (or is it?) under wraps until much later in 2021 at least.
All episodes of A Discovery of Witches season 2 are available on demand on Sky and NOW TV from January 8 and, for those that prefer linear viewing, A Discovery of Witches will also air on Sky One weekly.
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