Rowan and Malakai in Heartbreak High season 2

When To Expect ‘Heartbreak High’s Third and Final Season on Netflix

The highly anticipated second season of Netflix’s critically acclaimed Heartbreak High arrived on April 11. After a particularly wild season finale, viewers will be anxious to know when season 3 might arrive.

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Heartbreak High is a soft reboot of the Australian TV series of the same name. It follows the lives of several students attending Hartley High, exploring their various experiences with romance, friendship, discrimination, and substance abuse. The show’s first season achieved high critical acclaim, garnering much attention for its nuanced depiction of modern teen experiences, as well as for its diversity and representation. Season 2 continues to tackle mature but relatable topics, including slut-shaming, overcoming trauma, and abortion. It also continued the show’s positive neurodivergent representation as Quinn (Chloé Hayden) continues on her journey of self-discovery.

Season 2 received more mixed reviews than the first season, which isn’t surprising as it was unlikely the new season could eclipse the nearly flawless original season. Additionally, there were some minor problems, including how overstuffed the season felt and the dialing down of the teen angst and thrilling suspense from the first season. Still, Heartbreak High season 2 garnered high viewership, making it to Netflix’s Top 10 global TV show chart with 2.3 million views within days of its release.

When does Heartbreak High season 3 come out?

Amerie, Darren, and Quinni standing at their lockers in Heartbreak High
(Netflix)

Heartbreak High season 3 does not yet have an official release date, but it is definitely on the way. On May 9, Netflix announced it had renewed the show for a third and final season. Que Minh Luu, Netflix’s director of content ANZ, said of the renewal:

Renewing ‘Heartbreak High’ for its final season is a major point of pride for us at Netflix. It has been a joy to work with the utterly cooked creative minds behind our favorite Aussie YA show and to bring our stories, our culture and our in-jokes to all the fans here at home and throughout the world. See you at muck-up day.

Although the season is officially on the way, it likely won’t debut until 2025. Some viewers may have hoped for the season to arrive sooner, as the show doesn’t have a very long production period.

Heartbreak High season 1 reportedly only spent four months filming and premiered within seven months of wrapping filming. Similarly, season 2 began filming on May 28, 2023, and arrived on Netflix in early April of the following year. So, it could be possible for the show to release two seasons in the same year if it releases one season at the very beginning of the year and secures a speedy renewal and production commencement date for the other season. However, even after the critically acclaimed first season dropped, Heartbreak High waited a month to receive a season 2 renewal and waited until the following year to begin filming. Hence, no matter how quickly season 3 production gets off the ground, it likely won’t be arriving anytime in 2024.

However, given Heartbreak High‘s speedy renewal, viewers shouldn’t have to much longer than 1–1.5 years for the new season to arrive for streaming.

(featured image: Netflix)


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