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Quantico - Season 3



The third and final season of American drama thriller series Quantico premiered in the United States on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on April 26, 2018, and concluded on August 3, 2018. Produced by ABC Studios, Michael Seitzman served as the showrunner for the third and final season, subsequently replacing series creator Joshua Safran. Executive producers include Mark Gordon, Robert Sertner, Nicholas Pepper, and Jorge Zamacona.




Quantico - Season 3


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The third and final season consisted of thirteen episodes, down from the twenty-two episode count of the two previous seasons. The season aired on Thursdays in the United States at 10:00 pm. On May 11, 2018, after only three of the thirteen episodes in the season had aired, ABC announced that the series had canceled. On May 14, Deadline reported that the network would finish airing the remainder of the third season on Friday nights at 8:00 pm.[1]


In May 2017, ABC renewed the series for a third season of 13 episodes. As part of the renewal process, Safran stepped down as showrunner of the show but remained as a consultant.[30][31] The following month, it was announced that Michael Seitzman would be Quantico's showrunner and Safran would be credited as an executive producer.[32] The third season premiered on April 26, 2018.[33]


After the third season renewal announcement, it was reported that Yasmine Al Massri and Pearl Thusi would leave the series,[34][35] and in June 2017, it was reported that Ellis and Tovey would not return as part of a creative overhaul.[16] However, in August 2017, it was confirmed that Tovey would in fact be returning as a series regular.[17] In late July 2017, Marlee Matlin joined the show as a series regular in the third season. She will play the role of ex-FBI agent, Jocelyn Turner.[18] On November 21, 2017, it was announced that Alan Powell will join the show as a series regular in the third season. He will play Mike McQuigg, an undercover agent.[19] On December 6, 2017, it was announced that Amber Skye Noyes will join the third season in the recurring role of Celine Fox.[20] On January 17, 2018, it was announced that Vandit Bhatt will join the third season in the recurring role of Jagdeep Patel.[21] On February 16, 2018, it was confirmed that Aunjanue Ellis has exited the series.[36]


Certain scenes of the third-season premiere were shot on location in Italy.[37] Filming for the third season started on October 10, 2017.[38] In March 2018, it was confirmed by showrunner Michael Seitzman that the last few episodes of the third season would be shot on location in Ireland.[39][40] Filming for the third season ended on April 21, 2018.[41]


The third season received mixed feedback from critics, who were divided over its direction in comparison to its predecessors.[42] The season premiere was poorly received.[43][44][45] Despite praising the episode's action and pacing and its introduction of Marlee Matlin's character, Dishya Sharma of the International Business Times wrote that "it leaves you asking for more".[43] The Quint's Dipti Kharude said that "the briskness of the episode suffocates it".[44] Mark Perigard of the Boston Herald was critical of the season's new format and storylines, writing that it "doubles down on the dumb".[45] During a review of the series finale, TV Fanatic's Allison Nichols praised how the season "show[ed] the team putting the pieces together", but cited the relationship between Ryan and Shelby as unbelievable and "one of the more controversial parts".[46]


The fifth episode of the season, titled "The Blood of Romeo", was criticized by some Indian social media users for its alleged anti-Indian sentiment.[47][48] In the episode, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) uncovers a plot by Indian Hindu nationalists to commit a terrorist false flag attack with nuclear weapons in Manhattan, and have it blamed on Pakistan. Users had described the plotline as "ridiculous" and "unrealistic" and felt that it had damaged the image of Indians abroad.[49] In addition, they denounced Chopra's participation in the episode as her international profile had made her a "quasi-ambassador for India in the West".[50] Chopra apologised for any hurt caused by the episode and stated that she was a "proud Indian". ABC also apologised and defended Chopra from what they felt was unfairly aimed criticism commenting that she did not have a role in writing, directing or creating the show.[51]


The following five series regulars are all confirmed to be back for the upcoming season; Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy, Russell Tovey and Blair Underwood. The new series regulars for this season include; Marlee Matlin and Alan Powell.


On May 15, 2017, ABC renewed Quantico for a third season, which is set to consist of 13 episodes. As part of the renewal process, it was revealed that Joshua Safran will exit from his role as the primary showrunner of the show. He will be credited as a consultant in the upcoming season of Quantico.


On June 15, 2017, it was reported by Hollywood Reporter, that Yasmine Al Massri will be exiting the show in the third season of Quantico. The actress will not be reprising her roles as Raina and Nimah Amin in the upcoming season. On the same day, it was reported by TVLine that Pearl Thusi would also not be returning for the third season. On June 21, 2017, it was announced that Michael Seitzman was cast as the new show runner for the series.


On July 31, 2017, it was announced by Deadline that Marlee Matlin will join the show as a series regular in the third season of Quantico. She will star in the role of ex-FBI agent, Jocelyn Turner. On August 15, 2017, it was announced by Deadline that Russell Tovey is confirmed to reprise his role as Harry Doyle in the third season of Quantico. On October 1, 2017, it was confirmed by TVLine that certain scenes of the third season premiere, The Conscience Code will be shot on location in Italy. On October 24, 2017, it was confirmed via an Instagram post, that Jay Armstrong Johnson is set to reprise his role as Will Olsen in the third season of Quantico. On November 21, 2017, it was announced by Deadline that Alan Powell will join the show as a series regular in the third season of Quantico. He will star in the role of FBI undercover agent, Mike McQuigg. On December 6, 2017, it was announced by Deadline that Amber Skye Noyes will join the show in the third season of Quantico. She will star in the recurring role of Celine Fox.


On January 5, 2018, it was announced that ABC confirmed the official synopsis for the third season. On January 8, it was confirmed by Hollywood Reporter, that the first episode of the season will premiere on Thursday, April 26, 2018. On January 17, 2018, it was announced by Deadline that Vandit Bhatt will join the show in the third season of Quantico. He will star in the recurring role of Jagdeep Patel. On February 16, 2018, it was confirmed by TVLine that Aunjanue Ellis has exited the series.


First of all, the ABC drama made major changes behind the scenes between seasons; showrunner Josh Safran stepped down and will take on a consulting role as Code Black's Michael Seitzman will take over the reins. There were also a lot of cast shakeups: Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri and Pearl Thusi are out, but the show is bringing back Russell Tovey and adding Marlee Matlin into the fray.


When the series returns, it will pick up three years after the Season 2 finale, when Alex (Priyanka Chopra) and Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) ran off together and Owen (Blair Underwood) became the Deputy Director of the CIA. The new season will also ditch the flashback conceit and switch up the general feel of the show as the team regroups at the FBI to solve cases off the books for the government.


Can you tell us where we're going to find Alex and Ryan? They sort of just ran off into the sunset together at the end of last season, but obviously they're going to have some business to attend to when they come back.Michael Seitzman: We start with Alex three years later, living in Italy. She's not with Ryan. We don't know where Ryan is at this point. We find Alex living with somebody else -- a man named Andrea -- in the small town of Montepulciano, Italy where she works in a vineyard and she comes home to him in the evening and his daughter Isabella, who's a beautiful 7-year-old girl. They live in the Italian countryside together.


Then somebody finds her. Somebody bad finds her. That sort of brings her back into the world that she had left. As the episode progresses, we start to learn what happened. As the season progresses, we learn how she ended up in Italy, and we learn what has happened to Ryan, why she's not with Ryan at the moment. We learn what draws her back in and what she's coming back in to do.


Are flashbacks still going to be a very prevalent tool of the show?Seitzman: No, not at all. The tone of the show is completely different. In a lot of ways the season is a reboot of the show where we took the elements of the show that were working, the elements that I was interested in launching with, and leaving behind the elements that didn't fit into that paradigm.


Just trying to figure out how to make a show that felt like something that you both recognized as a loyal viewer but also felt like something brand new. That felt like a fresh start for the show where we have a series of villains over the course of the season that we vanquish. We put our team together in a different way. They interact with each other in a different way. They work out of a different kind of a home base. They move into a big downtown New York loft together. They don't live there, but they work out of it. They work as a black ops unit in the FBI, sort of off the books.


Sometimes we have villains that traverse several episodes. We have a character who traverses five episodes, for example. Then we have others who we figure out how to beat them or we get beaten by them in one episode. The idea of the show is that you should be able to start right here and it's not that we're ignoring the other two seasons, but we are saying that you can enter the show right here and it will tell you a really good story whether you've ever seen the show before or not. Or if you're a loyal viewer and you start here, I can promise you that we've taken really good care of the characters and you will recognize the show that you've been watching. You'll just enter a new phase. The show has evolved and has become a different version of itself. 041b061a72


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