'The Bear' Is Already Heating Up Season 4

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'The Bear' Season 4: What We Know So FarCourtesy of FX

FX sure seems to have taken Chef Carmy Berzatto’s mantra, “Every second counts,” to heart. Not only did the network move up the season 3 premiere of The Bear—by a few hours, anyway—to land on June 26 at 9 p.m. EST, but the popular FX on Hulu comedy-drama already has a fourth season on the front burner.

According to reporting from Deadline earlier this year, the cast and crew filmed seasons 3 and 4 of The Bear back to back in Chicago, despite the fact that FX had yet to announce a season renewal. The network still hasn’t made that green light public knowledge—though that’s no indication to fret. Carmy will certainly don his famous white T-shirts again. Here’s what we know about that (and more) so far.

Will there be a season 4 of The Bear?

All signs point to “yes, chef.” Multiple sources have confirmed to both Variety and Deadline that The Bear will continue into season 4 (and possibly beyond). Now it’s simply a matter of when FX will deliver the news.

Who will be in the cast?

Because seasons 3 and 4 were filmed consecutively—and also thanks to the rising star power of the cast—we can anticipate many of our favorite characters will stick with the series into season 4. The expected talent would include Emmy winners Jeremy Allen White (Carmy), Ayo Edebiri (Sydney), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Richie), as well as Liza Colón-Zayas (Tina), Abby Elliott (Natalie/Sugar), Lionel Boyce (Marcus), and Matty Matheson (Neil Fak), among others. FX, however, has yet to confirm the cast list—nor have any guest stars been made public. We’re praying, as always, for more Jamie Lee Curtis.

What will season 4 be about?

Warning: spoilers below.

The season 3 finale ends with an ominous “to be continued” screen, meaning the loose ends from this chapter should get tied up in the next. That would have to include Sydney deciding whether she’ll stay at The Bear (and sign that partnership agreement) or take up former Ever chef Adam Shapiro’s offer to be his new chef de cuisine. The crew at The Bear restaurant will also have to endure the aftermath of The Chicago Tribune’s review. Though we don’t know the entirety of what was published, we do know that if it’s bad, Cicero will quit funding the place. The restaurant needs to start making profits soon too, but is that possible with Carmy’s high standards and list of non-negotiables? And what about their dreams of getting a Michelin star?

We’ve also yet to see whether Richie will attend his ex’s wedding (we’re hoping he RSVPs “yes” to allow for more Josh Hartnett cameos), and what magical, slight-of-hand dessert Marcus is working on. And, of course, there’s Carmy’s personal growth. Here’s to hoping the next season shows him finally apologizing and taking accountability.

Why were seasons 3 and 4 filmed back to back?

Per Deadline, the two-season filming schedule was owing, at least in part, to cast schedules. Since The Bear’s series premiere in 2022, White and Edebiri in particular have become bona fide stars, and “are said to be getting a ton of feature opportunities.” Filming seasons 3 and 4 together was one method to ensure their conflicting schedules wouldn’t prevent them from returning to set in the future. In other words: If you can’t force people to come back, just prevent them from leaving in the first place.

What that means for the storylines of seasons 3 and 4 remain to be seen. The one thing we do know for certain? The Bear won’t be leaving Chicago any time soon.

This story will be updated.

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