HBO has announced that they have renewed The Deuce for a third season, which will serve as the last. David Simon and George Pelecanos have previously stated that the hit series was always intended to be a three-season show, and they are thankful that HBO gave them the green light to finish what they started. The first two seasons take place in the 1970s New York City porn scene and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco. Much like Season 2, the third season will also see a time jump, but to the 1980s.
Season 2 of The Deuce recently premiered to universal acclaim and takes place in the late 1970s when punk and disco were all the rage in New York City. At the same time, the porn and sex industry started to rise as well. Maggie Gyllenhaal's Candy character is flourishing as an adult actress and filmmaker, looking to expand her artistic wings in the process. James Franco is back playing the role of two twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino.
While the late 1970s was a peak time for the adult industry in New York City, the 1980s saw the sharp decline. The AIDS epidemic and politicians brought the movement to a new reality, which wasn't expected. It's believed that Season 3 of The Deuce will tackle the inevitable fall from the height that the show currently portrays. David Simon and George Pelecanos have based much of the show on reality from interviews that they conducted from some of the people that were around at the time, and it already seems that the final season will have a dark cloud around it. Simon had this to say about the third season announcement.
"We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first. So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for The Deuce to tell its full story."
David Simon and George Pelecanos previously worked on classic HBO series The Wire, which also took its cues from real-life. Simon and Pelecanos have a way of writing intense shows that are based off of an ensemble cast, and The Deuce follows in that tradition. While the shows are completely different in terms of subject matter, the human themes remain the same and often put a mirror up to our current society in a gritty and realistic way.
The third season of The Deuce will premiere sometime in 2019. An official release date has not been announced at this time, but both of the previous seasons premiered in September, so a September release date isn't too much of a stretch. David Simon and George Pelecanos could decide to add some more episodes to properly end the story, but that remains to be seen as well. For now, fans can watch Season 2 of The Deuce and prepare for the final season. You can check out the Season 3 announcement below, thanks to David Simon's Twitter account.