It might officially be fall, but hope springs eternal for 'Atlanta' fans.
After a long dry spell for the lauded streaming drama, creator Donald Glover, otherwise known as Childish Gambino, released a minute-long trailer for the upcoming third season of the FX show via a “Happy Halloween” tweet featuring a link to the site Gilga.com.
Don’t go clicking on that right now if you want to see it. According to the cryptic site: WHILE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, GILGA IS A “NITE-SITE” OPERATIONAL HOURS ARE 8PM-3AM
But don’t worry, we got you.
The trailer is a succession of dark, still shots of mostly empty rooms that eventually hone in on a shot of Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) wearing a shirt reading “FAKE” in front of staff facing the wall as Sun Ra’s haunting tune, “It’s After the End of the World,” hovers over. The footage seemingly implies that the series might take some very surreal turns in the new round.
Fans always knew there’d be a third and fourth season. As Variety recalls, in September 2020, FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf said “Atlanta” faced a pandemic-forced production shutdown that pushed its release date back from 2021. The third and fourth seasons of “Atlanta” were shot and written together.
And all the way back to 2018, Glover spoke at an Emmys FYC panel event of his intention for a third season.
“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” he said. “I feel like this is our ‘Graduation.’ This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album. We were all on iMessage together and kind of talking about it, and I think people were really hungry to like beat ourselves, which is great.”
Even though COVID has sort of kind of calmed down, it's not surprising Glover hadn’t posted anything about the new "Atlanta" season yet as he’s been busy this year.
He signed an eight-figure developmental deal with Amazon in February; and released hid fourth studio album under the Childish Gambino moniker, “3.15.20,” in March.
No official release date for season three has been announced.
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