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Previewing Mayor of Kingstown Season 3 

Previewing Mayor of Kingstown Season 3

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

You could be forgiven if last year you thought, as Mayor of KIngstown premiered its second season on the heels of a catastrophic injury with an unclear recovery for its star, that that would be all she wrote. Doubly so when months later, tandem WGA and SAG-ACTRA strikes shut down film and TV production for almost the remainder of the calendar year. And yet, here we are on the eve of the third season premiere as a recovered and rebuilt Jeremy Renner swaggers his way back into the hard-scrabble world of Mike McLusky, the weary and worn fixer for a Pennsylvania prison town fighting wars inside and outside that prison’s walls.

Mayor of Kingstown

As I watched the premiere, my primary emotion was just a stupid amount of joy. I smiled way too much, given the subject matter, at the absolute delight of watching Renner, who I have adored for a very, very long time (pre-MCU, kids), do his thing. As Season 3 begins, we pick up immediately after the closing moments of Season 2, which ended precariously for two of Mike’s inner circle, McLusky matriarch Miriam and police hothead Robert, just as he had seemingly finally won Iris her freedom from Milo.

Mayor of Kingstown

Season 2 also had Mike resetting the chess board for the warring factions incarcerated and otherwise, and those moves have started to blow back on him and the larger community, which has shifted into lockdown mode. With Milo no longer on scene, that brings a new player to town who’s not above testing loyalty to his predecessor in lethal ways. And there’s another new player at the prison, who’s rankled by a move Mike makes to protect Bunny. 

Mayor of Kingstown

On the family front, the McLuskys await the arrival of the new baby as Iris tries to figure out whether and where she might fit into their household, while Mike emphatically reiterates that line that he will not cross. Renner falls right back into it as Mike not-so-delicately balances the constant din of rage, grief, and exhaustion and just keeps grinding, and every now and again stops and asks, to what end? So glad he’s back in this role.

Mayor of Kingstown

He’s joined by the returning ensemble cast includes series regulars Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Nishi Munshi, Hamish Allan-Headley, and Michael Beach. If y’all follow me on social, you know I grouse when some episodes clock in under 40 minutes, so I’m happy to tell you the first episode, written by Dave Erickson and directed by Christoph Schrewe, is just over an hour long.

Mayor of Kingstown

Mayor of Kingstown Season 3 premieres at 3:01 am ET/2:01c Sunday, June 2nd, and airs linearly on Showtime Monday, June 3rd, at 9 pm ET/8c. Here’s a sneak peek.

Photos and video courtesy of Paramount+.

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