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Seeing Into the Future: Hopes and Fears For Season 3


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So, we're two episodes from the end of series 2. What are your feelings about a 3rd series? Let's make a case for or against. (Because we've learned so much about presenting a case from series 2. Ha! Ha!)

What are your hopes for the story line(s) if there is a 3rd series? What are your fears?

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I'd like for some of it to take place in a hospital. We've seen the liberties they've taken with both the courtroom stuff and also the detective/police stuff. It'd be nice to see how they'd handle the medical field next. Surgeons doing surgery barehanded? Inviting family members in to help? The possibilities are endless.

 

But seriously? Anything that gives me more Hardy and Miller snark/interaction I'm good with.

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For sure the key is Hardy/Miller (Tennant/Colman). I don't want this to go on unless both are in it. It would be like the X-files without Mulder if it was to go on with only one. And if Broadchurch ends, I really hope David and Olivia will work together on future projects because they've been magic together.

I don't want the lawyers in the third series. I haven't been enamoured with either of their stories and am happy to say goodbye to both at the end of series 2.I'd be happy if we were done with Sandbrook because I've not been interested in much more than the effect its failure had on Alec.

 

What I wouldn't mind is looking into Susan's story. Where's her younger daughter? Will she show up when Susan succumbs to the cancer? What effect will this have on Nige?

 

What's the real story of Vicar Paul's past? Is alcoholism his only vice? Is he more tied to Broadchurch than he's letting on?

 

And since Hardy brought it up, did something more than his parents bickering happen when Alec vacationed in Broadchurch as a child? Did he actually seek out the Broadchurch force because of his childhood experience? Did he cross paths with any of the townsfolk back then? Ellie and Beth both grew up there. Did he meet them as kids?

 

Those are the sort of things that would make me happy. I don't want a ton of new characters.

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OK, now that we know there will be a series 3 with Olivia and David, here's my new thought on it.

 

I still think it will be a delve into the past,

Joe's past. It makes real sense if Hardy gets fired up to find new evidence to bring Joe back to trial and sets out to Cardiff looking for clues in Joe's life there as to possible previous crimes. Hardy's also going to have to track Joe down to bring him to justice.

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"Details of other cast members, and filming dates, will be confirmed at a later date."

This sounds like they are not sure what the plot lines will be yet. I agree that Vicar Joe would be interesting to explore. He had decent screen time in the second season, yet is the character we know least about at this point. I'd like the show to take a break from the Latimers, just have them in scenes with Miller so that we see how they are doing, but not have them take center stage again.

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Three major cast members, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker (Beth) and Andrew Buchan (Mark) are awaiting babies in the next few months. For Jodie and Olivia, much will depend on how the births go, how they recover and when they feel like getting back to work. There's only so much filming they could do with David by himself before they'd need Olivia to be present. I'm sure that's controlling the filming schedule to some extent. Plus David's booked with Marvel Comics till June and with a film starting in October. It could be next year before there's an opportunity to make the next series.

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Now that Atlantis has been canceled, I'm all for adding the lovely Sarah Parish into the mix, mostly for how well she works with David Tennant (see: Recovery, Blackpool, Empress Racnoss in The Runaway Bride episode of Doctor Who).

 

I want Hardy to find some happiness somewhere. He spent two seasons with such a heavy weight on his shoulders, a ruined reputation, and near death. Whatever the A & B plots may be for S3, I want to see Ellie and Hardy rebuild themselves and be happy by the end. And for somebody to freaking hug them!

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I was thinking how to logically continue using the "Broadchurch" motif and characters when Danny's case is obstensibly wrapped up, and so far what I've come up with is the following:

 

Joe Miller is murdered.  Although he is murdered in whatever city he is living in, Hardy and Miller are part of the team assigned to the case because TPTB want to know whether or not his murder is a result of his connection to the Broadchurch murder or if he is killed because he's continued his nasty little habits.  Hardy & Miller are familiar with the Broadchurch case; hence their assignment.  But they end up working with 2 other officers from [the city Miller was living in/Scotland Yard/Special Task force/whatever] who respect/disrespect them ... aaand the story takes off from there.

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I sort of want the next case away from Broadchurch but Hardy wants to work with Miller again and she still needs to fix her professional rep. Despite Ellie's bravado Joe will still have rights to see his sons. And Tom needs to face school knowing his Dad is a killer. So Broadchurch will be a bit of a weight on Ellie still. There will always be whispers about what she knew. That's why Hardy makes a credible partner for her. And a healthy Hardy will be a lovely sight.

Ellie deserves someone fabulous. Rupert Graves maybe?

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And I think it would be possible to get him too.  He would fit this universe unlike say ...Clive Owen (although I wonder if he's gettable now given his film career is quiet).  Allen Leech could totally play Mark's unseen brother!  Hee.  Not that I approve of adding random family members at this point.  But it does seem odd that Joe and Ellie don't either parent.  A grandpa or grandma Miller couldn't muck up the works too, custody wise. 

 

Because I can see Joe submitting his medical records showing Ellie's beating of him during a custody hearing.  Couldn't a judge see her as an unfit parent too?  I don't know the rules in the UK.  In a custody hearing, would his confession be submittable? 

 

Part of me thinks given how much the show focuses on the personal, that it might go this route.  Ellie fighting for limited visitation rights for Joe.  It's tough because he was the primary caretaker.  That might have some weight.

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"What are your hopes for the story line(s) if there is a 3rd series? What are your fears?"

 

 

 

The one thing I fear is another murder in Broadchurch.  Season 2 worked so well because the other murder was from a different city.  So that's why I hope the Hardy/Miller show moves on to another area with Miller still living in Broadchurch.  What made the first season special was how rare murder was in a town like Broadchurch.  And since Hardy & Miller are still on  a professional rehabilitation story arc, move them 80 miles away and get some new beauty shots of a new town.

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Hmmm. I'm taking everything Chris Chibnall says with a large grain of salt. Supposedly they shot two endings to series 2 to throw off spoilers. So I can see him trying to misdirect the fans by saying "it won't be about Joe", "it will be a stand-alone case", etc.

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They could also find a cold case from years ago. That would be justifiable for a small town like Broadchurch. I still want to know if something dramatic happened when Alec and his parents stayed there when he was a child.

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According to a fan who talked to David Tennant after his last Richard II performance on Friday, Broadchurch 3 begins production tomorrow (May 2, 2016).

From the April 12th press release about new cast members, here's what we know about the story.

The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault. 

“This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” said Chris Chibnall. “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”

The series explores the consequences of a serious sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation. Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships. 

So, given this bit of info what do you hope might be some of the details. I still hope they are searching for evidence to nail Joe for good. Maybe it will come from a connection to this new case. I know many fans would like some answers to why Hardy recalls being at the Broadchurch beach as a boy and what may have happened when his family visited there. I would bet that Chibnall is going to put in more fall-out from Danny's murder for the Latimers and the rest of the town. Perhaps that will come in the form of Tom being bullied or suspected of a crime because he's Joe's son. I'm glad to see Adam Wilson is going to be back as the teen, but I wonder how much older he's going to look!

I doubt Susan Wright will be in it since she had "9 months to live" when we saw her in series 2. It would be fun to see either the psychic or Karen White come back from series 1.

What do you think?

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I'm excited for it. I have confidence in this writing staff, all things considered, so I will be watching. I'm anxious about the sexual assault angle of it and how that might relate to Hardy's history with Broadchurch. After seeing Olivia Coleman in The Night Manager as somewhat of a tide-over, I'm excited to see her again in Broadchurch.

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I'm really looking forward to it, but please for the love of everything do NOT hook up Hardy and Miller at the end.

I like the sound of the premise, and I'm glad it's not another murder case - sexual assault has the capacity to tear any community and family apart, in ways different to homicide but just as devastating. So we will hopefully see the families in a different light rather than rehashing what happened in Seasons 1 and 2 with a different case. I'm curious as to whose story is still unfinished, unless it's just Broadchurch as a whole.

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Photos that point to a huge spoiler for series 3 were posted on several UK news sites this morning. If you really want to be spoiled, then the quickest way to them is by doing a Google news or Twitter search for broadchurch.
I'm not sure how spoiled everyone wants to be in this thread. That's why I didn't state the spoiler.

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Well, the topic itself is tagged with spoiler announcement, so untagged spoilers for Broadchurch are ok here because it's a spoiler topic. Of course this could be the unspoiled speculation topic and a spoiler topic created but right now that's not how it's set up.

As far as tagging, type or paste the spoiler. Highlight and tap the eye icon at the top of the text box. (It's next to the numbered list button). Alternatively you can tap that first and type within the box that appears.

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I am actually quite suspicious that what got photographed by the papparazzi will make it to the broadcast. It seems like the production team were a little too obvious in announcing ahead of time when and where they'd be filming and for onlookers to stay away. It was like an invitation to photographers to come and try to get a picture.

Chris Chibnall and the crew went to great lengths to keep the surprises in the earlier series from leaking out. So why make such a blunder now with series 3? I think Chibnall's  a savvy writer with this trilogy and wouldn't put it past him for this to be a trick or one alternate storyline that doesn't come to pass.

I've recently become a big fan of Orphan Black and see on that show the things they can achieve with CGI. Sooooo, I'm wondering if they'll doctor what was filmed on location with extra filming in a studio to make it look very different from what was spoiled.

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