'The Bear' Season 3: Everything We Know

The stellar 10-episode sophomore season ended with the titular restaurant's debut to the public.

jeremy allen white as carmy and ayo edebiri as sydney in the bear episode 201
(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

The Bear returned for its second season in June 2023, with the hit FX dramedy following the renovation process transforming the Original Beef of Chicagoland into chefs Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) and Sydney's (Ayo Edebiri) vision of fine dining. The stellar 10-episode sophomore season ended with the titular restaurant's debut to the public, and though "Friends and Family Night" went well, the staff of The Bear still have a lot of kinks to work out in both their business and personal lives. Though season 2 was released amid a tumultuous time for Hollywood, there was never any doubt that The Bear would get a highly-anticipated third season. Here's everything we know about season 3 of The Bear.

Has 'The Bear' been renewed for a third season?

Yes, chef! FX has officially renewed the hit dramedy for season 3, with the announcement coming five months after season 2's release (and a little over a month after the end of the writers' strike). Deadline reported last June that season 2's debut was the most-watched premiere of any FX series on Hulu, and was set to break season 1's record as the most-watched single season of a comedy series in FX history.

The Bear, which wowed audiences in its first season only to achieve even greater heights in season two, has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment. “We’re so proud to partner with Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Josh Senior, and the rest of the creative team, as well as the brilliant cast led by Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. What they and the crew have done is truly remarkable, and we and our partners at Hulu join fans in looking forward to the next chapter in the story of The Bear.”

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When will season 3 of 'The Bear' premiere?

The Bear will reopen its kitchen right on schedule. During an executive session at the Television Critics Association's 2024 Winter Tour, FX chairman John Landgraf confirmed that The Bear will return "exclusively to Hulu in June." This means that season 3 will follow the comedy's traditional June release calendar, after season 1 landed on Hulu on June 23, 2022, followed by season 2 on June 22, 2023.

Looking past season 3, creator Christopher Storer and showrunner Joanna Calo already have plans for the show's future in place. In a previous Variety profile, the duo said they have a roadmap for the entire series, but they "aren’t sharing just yet how long they see the show going."

It turns out that The Bear has been quickly moving along behind the scenes. On March 14, 2024, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that FX has already reportedly renewed the dramedy for season 4! Per the outlet's sources, The Bear will film seasons three and four will film back to back, "in a bid to keep the show on its annual release target as the cast and creatives continue to line their calendars with feature work as a result of the show’s widespread success." Seeing how booked and busy Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri have been since season 1's breakout success, super-charging The Bear's production would be a smart move. (FX declined to comment to THR.)

With no word from FX at the moment, season 4 is expected to premiere in summer 2025, after season 3 hits airwaves this June.

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Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) and Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) share a quiet moment in The Bear season 2.

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

Who will be in the cast of 'The Bear' season 3?

The cast members who portray the chefs and staff of The Bear (the restaurant) are very likely to return for the next season, including Jeremy Allen White (Carmy), Ayo Edebiri (Sydney), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Richie), Abby Elliott (Natalie), Lionel Boyce (Marcus), Liza Colón-Zayas (Tina), Matty Matheson (Neil Fak), and Edwin Lee Gibson (Ebra). Oliver Platt and Chris Witaske are also likely to reprise their roles of Uncle Jimmy Cicero and Natalie's husband, Pete, respectively.

There are other notable cast members from season 2 whose returns depend on where the story goes. Jon Bernthal is likely to pop in to play Carmy and Natalie's late brother Michael, who has appeared via flashbacks in both seasons. We have our fingers crossed that Jamie Lee Curtis comes back to play the siblings' mother, Donna. Also, season 2 addition Molly Gordon could return if Carmy tries to get back together with his girlfriend, Claire. 

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Carmy (White) and Sydney (Edebiri) standing in the Chicago streets admiring The Bear (the restaurant), in The Bear (the show) season 2.

(Image credit: Chuck Hodes/FX)

What will 'The Bear' season 3 be about?

After the season 2 finale's stressful-yet-successful opening night of the restaurant, season 3 will likely focus on the new dynamic now that The Bear is actually open for business and striving to build buzz in a turbulent post-pandemic culinary scene. Once they do turn a profit, Carmy and Sydney will need to work out how to pay back Uncle Jimmy's massive loan, while also figuring out profit sharing among themselves as partners. The show could also include the fallout of Carmy and Claire's breakup, as the chef (hopefully) tries to find some work/life balance and heal his relationship with his family (maybe coinciding with the birth of Natalie's baby). There's also the possibility of a romance between either Sydney and Marcus, who attempted to ask her out in season 2's final episodes, or maybe even Sydney and Carmy (anything's possible).

Quinci LeGardye
Contributing Culture Editor

Quinci LeGardye is a Contributing Culture Editor who covers TV, movies, Korean entertainment, books, and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.