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“Things have changed. It’s not the same department.” “It’s the same world.” That’s the sound of Titus Welliver in typically gruff form as hard-boiled LAPD detective Harry Bosch, who is still struggling to find integrity in an imperfect justice system.
Amazon’s crime thriller, based on Michael Connelly’s books, continues to delve into the grey moral areas between doing the right thing and understanding the mind of a killer. Now in its third season, though, Harry finds himself in the frame for a crime. The killing of a homeless veteran, the suicide of a serial killing suspect, and the high-profile murder trial of a Hollywood director pits Bosch against ruthless opponents who all threaten to destroy him.
Season 3 is based on Connelly’s The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night – the novel that brought Connelly’s characters Bosch and FBI profiler Terry McCaleb together. How the show will adapt the books for the screen is yet to be seen, but we know Season 3 will continue to explore Bosch’s backstory, with Jeffrey Pierce joining the cast as Trevor Dobbs, a former military lieutenant with ties to Anwar Province, which forms part of Harry’s updated history (in the books, his military past was in Vietnam). With Welliver as brooding as ever and him facing more opposition than we’ve seen before, though, Bosch’s new trailer promises what could be the show’s darkest season yet.
All episodes of Season 3 premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 21st April.
For more on Bosch, catch up with our reviews here – or watch the first two seasons now on Amazon Prime Video.
Bosch Season 3 will premiere this April
9th February 2017
Bosch Season 3 will premiere this April, Amazon has announced.
The cop drama, based on Michael Connelly’s novels, stars Titus Welliver as the eponymous detective. Developed for TV by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire) and executive produced by Overmyer, Henrik Bastin (The 100 Code) from Fabrik, Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat), and Connelly, the programme has been one of Amazon Studios’ more successful original series. In the month after Season 1’s premiere, it became the most-watched title on Amazon Prime Video – a title that would later be stolen by current record-holder The Man in the High Castle. Season 2 swiftly followed.
Now, we have a release date for the cop’s third outing: Friday 21st April. The show will be the last under showrunner Eric Overmyer, after Overmyer transferred to The Man in the High Castle for its third season. Bosch is still going strong, though, with Amazon already renewing the drama for a fourth run last year. Current Exec Producer Daniel Pyne will be the showrunner for future seasons. Here’s the teaser video for Season 3, which Amazon released on Twitter:
Jeffrey Pierce has joined the cast of Bosch Season 3.
Amazon’s original detective drama, which is based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, was renewed for a third run within a month of the show’s second season as fans of the books keep tuning in. There have been dramatic changes to the novels, though, in translating LA detective Harry Bosch (played by Titus Welliver) to the screen – and Pierce’s casting suggests we’ll see more of those changes in the coming run.
Pierce, who, alongside lots of stage work, starred in The Tomorrow People and has contributed voices to Call of Duty and The Last of Us, will play Trevor Dobbs. Deadline describes his character as: “Crisp, out of the military, but the military’s not out of him. He’s a former lieutenant with a tight knit Special Forces group in Anwar Province.”
The Anwar Province forms part of the updated back-story for Bosch, who, in the books, has history with Vietnam – but that conflict was shifted to Afghanistan to make the show’s setting fit with the modern-day.
“It was important to me and to everyone’s else that Harry’s military service is honoured because it has informed the man he has become,” Titus said in a Q&A with us back when Season 1 premiered. “Certainly the work he has done in the tunnels. In Afghanistan, the 10th group, the unit Harry served with, did a lot of the cave fighting against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, so that’s honoured and will be fleshed out to a certain degree.”
“We’re able to keep that in tact,” added Michael. “Just in the first season, the tunnel stuff, that theme of going through darkness towards light, really comes to the fore. It’s pretty cool, in fact, the way we do it.”
Indeed, Season 3 will be based on two of Connolly’s books: The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night.
The Black Echo, of course, is the first of the Bosch series, and Connelly’s debut novel. And tunnels and war are a central focus of the story. Here’s the official blurb for the book:
LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced.
To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.
A Darkness More Than Night, published in 2001, sees Bosch’s path cross with former FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, who is embroiled in the murder case of small-time criminal Edward Gunn.
Season 3 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2017. For more on Bosch, read our reviews here.
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