Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding Netflix dramedy GLOW. Set in the sleazy underbelly of ‘80s Hollywood, a group of struggling actors and misfits decide to start a syndicated professional wrestling circuit, aptly named the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW for short). Led by the zealous Ruth (Alison Brie), slacker director Sam (Marc Maron), and frenemy Debbie (Betty Gilpin), together they discover the drama and delight of the world of women’s wrestling.
But, after season two’s cliff-hanger ending, which featured nothing less than bouquets, battle royales and bus trips to Las Vegas, season three has a lot of ground to cover. Here are just a few questions we want to be answered.
VIVA LAS VEGAS?
In the season two finale, after getting axed by K-DTV, the GLOW ladies are sure their time in tights is over. That is until Ray (Horatio Sanz) offers the team a chance to perform their show live at the Las Vegas Riviera. But if you think that means season three is going to be all glitter and glam, you’d be pretty mistaken.
Writer Carly Mensch told The Hollywood Reporter: “We didn’t think Vegas was a purely optimistic place. It’s a place that, at least for us, makes our hair go up on our arms as in, ‘Oh no, what’s going to happen there?’ It’s a place that makes us deeply, deeply uncomfortable and that was exciting for us to take the story, and the women, there to see what happens.”
WILL BASH FACE THOSE WEDDING BELL BLUES?
Another last-minute surprise of the finale was Bash (Chris Lowell) and Rhonda’s (Kate Nash) marriage. Faced with deportation, Rhonda was set to marry her biggest fan as a green card get-out, until producer Bash decided that rather than marry a stranger, she should marry him instead.
But the spur-of-the-moment decision won’t be a walk down the aisle if the cast has anything to say about it. After all, since losing his best friend, Florian, unexpectedly, it’s highly likely that season three will be an emotional rollercoaster for Bash.
As Nash told DigitalSpy: “It’s a very sensitive subject that I think he hasn’t really acknowledged.”
However, Nash also feels that Rhonda is the perfect person to go on this difficult journey with Bash. “I feel like Rhonda is such a go with the flow, live in the moment kind of person, it will be interesting to see what happens when she finds out about Bash’s sexuality.”
IS DEBBIE’S WORKING GIRL ACT UP?
While we’re glad that Ruth and Debbie’s friendship finally seems to be on the mend, Debbie herself is far from being the perfect southern belle her alter ego, Liberty Belle, is.
Season two sees Debbie not only become a producer but also face the realities of her life as a single working mum to son, Randy. And in the last episode, we see Debbie give Randy over to ex-husband Mark for split custody as she reluctantly leaves for Las Vegas.
When asked by Harper’s Bazaar about Debbie’s struggle between her personal and professional life in season two and onwards, actor Betty Gilpin stressed the significance of telling this storyline.
“You know, we’re all crying in our bathrooms! Even women with $200 lotion and perfect eyebrows are crying in their bathrooms. I love exploring that,” Gilpin said.
WILL SAM AND RUTH FINALLY FALL HEAD OVER HEELS?
Whether you love it or hate it, it was pretty clear at the end of season two that Ruth and Sam may become more than just co-workers in the near future. While Ruth and Sam’s relationship has always been one of love and hate, usually verging more on the hate side, things started changing after Sam tried to kiss Ruth at Justine’s prom.
Despite the fact that Ruth rejected Sam’s embrace and stumbled (quite literally) into the arms of cameraman Russell, we have a sneaking suspicion that things mightn’t last with their long-distance relationship.
But if actress Alison Brie has anything to say about it, it’s unlikely we’ll see a blossoming Ruth and Sam romance anytime soon either.
Brie said in an interview with ET Online: “It freaks me out for Ruth to have a real something with Sam. Bums me out a little, so I hope it doesn’t go too fast. But I love Marc Maron so much, so it’s a really fun dynamic to play onscreen.”
ARE ANY BIG NAMES SET TO ENTER THE RING?
While season two brought some fresh faces with the likes of Yolanda (Shakira Barrera) and the previously mentioned Russell (Victor Quinaz), the upcoming season is going all out with its guest stars.
Apart from Breeda Wool, who will enter as the dance captain of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, season three also has some huge surprises in store for fans of ‘90s feminist flicks.
That’s right! Geena Davis of Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own fame is set to join the cast as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, a former Vegas showgirl turned casino director.
And while not much is known about the role yet, Davis will be featured in five of the 10 scheduled episodes, meaning that whatever role she plays, it’s likely to be a pretty significant one.
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Oh umm…not sure if you’ve heard, but this total dreamboat, GEENA DAVIS is joining us in Vegas for Season 3 of GLOW!! I have always been a huge fan of Geena’s and she did not disappoint!! Tune in to see her and all our Glow gals August 9th – Viva Las Vegas indeed!! ✨✨✨ #glownetflix #geenadavis
GLOW season three premieres via Netflix on August 9.