After Life season 3 release: Ricky Gervais speaks out on possible 2021 premiere date

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The third season of After Life will bring Tony (played by Ricky Gervais) back to screens across the globe as he continues to deal with the grief of losing wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) alongside his array of quirky cohorts. And with almost 18 months passing since After Life fans were treated to new episodes on Netflix, the release date of season three has long been at the forefront of viewers’ minds. Now, creator and Golden Globe winner Gervais has shed new light on when the third series will arrive – admitting he “doubts” 2021 is possible.

The first season of After Life dropped on Netflix way back on March 8, 2019, as streamers were introduced to Tony for the very first time in six hilarious yet tear-jerking episodes.

A little over a year later, on April 24, 2020, Tony, Postman Pat (Joe Wilkinson), Kath (Diane Morgan), Sandy (Mandeep Dhillon) and the rest of the After Life crew returned for season two.

The second season ended with Tony at a devastating crossroads, just moments away from trying to take his own life before nurse Emma (Ashley Jensen) knocked on his door to provide him with hope for the future.

The gut-wrenching ending teed up an intriguing third season as fans eagerly await to see what the future holds for Emma and Tony but Gervais has admitted in an exchange on Twitter that 2022 will likely be when it’ll play out on-screen.

In a tweet to his 14.4 million Twitter followers, the BAFTA winner shared a snap of Tony with his dog Brandy on the beach.

He captioned the post with an update on season three, penning: “All episodes are edited now. Music recorded. 

“We start grading the picture tomorrow to make me look beautiful. So that takes f*****g ages.”

“The dog is perfect already. #AfterLife3,” he concluded before one follower asked about the possibility of it being ready before the end of the year.

“Impressive,” the fan began in response to the tweet. “So any chance of a 2021 release date then?” 

However, dampening hopes that Tony would be back before 2022, Gervais simply replied: “Doubt it.”

So it looks like fans will be waiting until next year until Gervais and the rest of the cast will be back on Netflix.

Needless to say, the update didn’t go down well with Gervais’ followers who are keens to see how Tony’s story progresses.

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“But we need it …..” one upset fan replied while a second suggested: “Not even for Xmas? Perfect Xmas viewing if it’s as good as the previous 2 series.”

A third echoed: “Can you not just throw a strop and make them release it for Christmas….. Try the do you know who I am.”

“Was really hoping for Christmas [prayer emoji] @NetflixUK,” added a fourth.

While the release update may not be the news fans had hoped for, Gervais did provide a more upbeat bombshell about one of the show’s favourite characters recently – Brandy the dog.

Back in August, Gervais tweeted: “In the studio all week recording the score for #AfterLife. It seems to be affecting me emotionally more than usual. 

“Not sure if that’s because the music is so beautiful, the menopause or all the s**t that’s happening in the world.”

However, he soon followed this up with an update on Brandy in season three: “Also, the dog does not die.”

After Life seasons 1-2 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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