Here's Everything We Know About The 'Darker' And 'Raunchier' New Season Of Heartstopper

Prepare for yet another rollercoaster of emotion.
Joe Locke and Kit Connor in the second season of Heartstopper
Joe Locke and Kit Connor in the second season of Heartstopper

If you’re eagerly awaiting another season of the heartwarming loveliness that is teen drama Heartstopper, it might not be too long before it’s back on our screens.

Expected to drop sometime in 2024, the third season of Alice Oseman’s hit LGBTQ+ Netflix show is well underway, so before long, fans will be able to find out what’s next for Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie’s (Joe Locke) relationship.

After seasons one and two stole our hearts, we’re more than ready for some news about the third. Here’s everything we know so far…

For starters, Heartstopper season 3 might be released sooner than we think

After the huge success of Heartstopper’s debut in 2022, the next two seasons of the coming-of-age drama were confirmed at the same time.

Filming for season three started in October 2023, and was announced on social media with a picture of creator Alice Oseman holding the production clapper board with the caption: “AND ACTION!! Heartstopper season three is officially in production.”

By December, Alice posted that filming was officially wrapping up.

Now, Netflix has announced that season 3 – comprising eight episodes – will be arriving in October 2024.

The first episode of Hearstopper season 3 has a super sweet title

While there have been plenty of butterfly-inducing moments between Nick and Charlie throughout the first two seasons, the title of season three’s opener looks like things are about to reach a new level.

As revealed in a picture of the script shared by Netflix on social media, episode one of season three is called: “Love.”

As expected, fans absolutely lost it.

Season two ended with Charlie typing out “I love you” in a message to boyfriend Nick on his phone, but hesitates and decides not to send it.

Fans have been looking to the graphic novel for clues as to what might happen next, as volume four sees Charlie utter the L-word after walking in on Nick in the shower. Nick then chases Charlie into the street before saying it back.

Season 3 is set to explore ‘unchartered territory’ for Heartstopper

After wrapping on season three, Alice Oseman shared a candid Instagram post that gave fans a teeny sneak peak into season three.

“We have a few more hours of our final day to get through, but I wanted to express how deeply grateful I am to the cast and crew for their hard work, dedication, skill and endurance over the past 11 weeks, and for once again bringing a season of Heartstopper to life,” they wrote along with a snap of the cast and crew.

“Season three takes Heartstopper into uncharted territory and it presented a range of new challenges for our cast and crew, but everyone did the most incredible job and I am so excited to share what we’ve all been working on.”

The final picture in the carousel shows Nick and Charlie looking deep in conversation and holding each other close on the beach.

We already know a few locations where Heartstopper’s latest instalment was filmed

Fans will know that one filming location for the new season was Lyme Regis in Dorset, with behind-the-scenes photos benig shared here.

Another report mentions that some filming took place in Maidenhead.

Things are about to get ‘darker’ and ‘raunchier’

Joe Locke has teased that season three is set to take a more mature turn.

“Every season of our show, we grow up with the characters more and this season is definitely a bit raunchier,” he told the Today show while speaking about making his Broadway debut in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

“It’s still Heartstopper,” he added. “But it’s also that we deal with some darker issues.

“Charlie, my character – he deals with some quite severe mental health issues, which we tackle in this season, which I’m very excited for people to see.”

In a teaser video shared by Netflix in March, Kit Connor also spoke about how things have “started to get a bit more steamy” by episode eight, along with there being “sexual tension”.

We already have some idea of the plot

Netflix released a synopsis in March which gives fans an idea of what to expect in season 3: “Charlie would like to tell Nick that he loves him. Nick also has something important to say to Charlie.

As the summer holiday ends and the months race on, the friends begin to realise that the school year will come with both its joys and its challenges. As they learn more about each other and their relationships, plan social events and parties and start thinking about university choices, everyone must learn to lean on those they love when life doesn’t go to plan.

Alice Oseman also gave further insight into how the next season will explore some more personal issues between Nick and Charlie.

I cannot wait for the third season of Heartstopper to be released in October,” she shared in a press statement.

“Season two ended with Nick beginning to understand the extent of Charlie’s mental health issues, and it’s this that will drive the story through season three.

“While Heartstopper will always celebrate the joyful and point towards hope, I’m really excited that we are allowing the tone of the show to mature alongside our beloved characters growing up. Mental health, sex, university ambitions and more: Nick, Charlie, and the Heartstopper teens are getting older, learning more about themselves and each other, and experiencing new desires, new fears, and new joys as they approach adulthood.”

Charlie's eating disorder is expected to be further explored in the third season of Heartstopper
Charlie's eating disorder is expected to be further explored in the third season of Heartstopper
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However, Alice has also spoken about the “extra space around that to do whatever we want” around the plot.

“I feel very comfortable letting the show be its own thing,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “In my mind, the show and the comic feel very separate, although it’s quite a faithful adaptation. I feel excited to get to expand Heartstopper for the show.”

In the meantime, the novel synopsis for season four reads: “Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

“Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder. As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.”

Charlie and Nick share a kiss in Heartstopper season two
Charlie and Nick share a kiss in Heartstopper season two
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Alice also told Tudum of the next season’s plot: “People who have read the comics will know what’s going to happen, but I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t been reading the comics.”

She added: “I think [season two’s ending] just sets up that conversation for next season.

“We know that Charlie loves Nick, and I think we know that Nick loves Charlie as well. It’s just about when and how they’re going to say that to each other.”

We can expect to see the old gang back together again

Season two also fleshed out the romantic dynamics of the ensemble cast, including Elle (Yasmin Finney) and Tao (William Gao), and Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell). It also shed light on the lesser explored subject of asexuality through Tobie Donovan’s character Isaac. We can also expect to see Rhea Norwood back as Imogen Heaney.

The Heartstopper gang are all expected to make a return in season three
The Heartstopper gang are all expected to make a return in season three
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However, one character who will not be returning is Ben (Sebastian Croft), whose time on the show ended with Charlie confronting him for his toxic behaviour.

He explained to Tudum that he and Alice felt strongly about the character “not having a redemption arc”.

“Particularly as the aftershocks of Ben’s manipulation are still causing Charlie pain,” they said. “Ben can become a better person, but Charlie should not have to witness that, endorse it, or offer any forgiveness. And so he won’t.”

Get ready for a new addition, too

Alice Oseman revealed that another character from the graphic novels will be joining in season three, Michael Holden, who is played by Darragh Hand.

Alice has described the character as a “quirky, eccentric optimist with a sunshine disposition” (via Tudum). In the novels, Michael is the love interest of Charlie’s blunt but protective older sister, Tori (Jenny Walser).

Darragh Hand
Darragh Hand
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“I was very nervous and excited to begin the search for our Michael… It was a challenge to find someone who I felt truly channelled Michael from the books,” Oseman shared on Instagram.

“But then Darragh came along and warmed our hearts, made us all laugh so much, and perfectly complimented Jenny Walser’s Tori Spring.”

Sadly, though, not every member of the Heartstopper cast is returning for season 3?

Olivia Colman has revealed she didn’t have time in her (admittedly pretty stacked) schedule for Heartstopper this time around.

“I couldn’t do number three. I couldn’t fit it in. I feel awful about that,” she said during a new interview with Forbes.

“I feel like I was part of one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been part of.”

Olivia Colman, Kit Connor and a very cute dog
Olivia Colman, Kit Connor and a very cute dog

Is there a trailer for Heartstopper season 3 yet?

No just yet, but Netflix did drop this behind-the-scenes video to tide us over for the time being. In the video we also hear a bit more about what to expect from the extended cast’s storylines.

This article has been updated to include Olivia Colman’s announcement she will not be returning to Heartstopper.


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