Élite season 3: Release date, cast, trailer, plot and everything you need to know

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From Digital Spy

School's already back in session for season three of Élite.

Back on August 29, Diego Avalos (the director of Spanish Netflix Originals) announced that the teen drama had been renewed before season two even aired (as reported by Variety).

This news probably didn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who's actually seen the hit Spanish export. Season 1 of Élite was watched by over 20 million household accounts in its first month of release last year and the hype for this show has only grown more in the time that's passed since.

Related: Was Elite the secret inspiration for 13 Reasons Why?

The first two seasons of Élite contained more drama than Gossip Girl and Riverdale combined, so join us as we head back to Las Encinas for season 3 and figure out what happens when Spain's brightest students venture even further into darkness.

Élite season 3 release date: When will it air?

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March! Netflix announced the news in a tweet on January 10 2020.

Just like the students of Las Encinas, Netflix is pretty good at keeping secrets, but they've finally revealed that school will reopen.

That's way earlier than we originally expected. Season 1 premiered on October 5, 2018 and season 2 dropped less than a year later on September 6, 2019, which initially led us to think that season 3 of Élite would appear around a similar time later on this year.

Thankfully, this earlier release date now means that fans worldwide can head on back to Spain to uncover new secrets even earlier than we hoped.

Élite season 3 cast: Who will be in it?

For a while there, it seemed like Élite season 2 would end in a similar fashion to season 1 — with the death of a major character. However, in a surprise twist that not even seasoned fans of Élite saw coming, the season 2 finale revealed that Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) is actually alive and well, unlike Marina (María Pedraza), who's still very much dead.

With that major revelation, it became clear that everyone from season 2 will probably return in season 3, including original cast members such as Lu (Danna Paola), Carla (Ester Expósito), Polo (Álvaro Rico), Nadia (Mina El Hammani), Ander (Arón Piper), Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) and Omar (Omar Ayuso).

Season 2 also introduced three new additions to the cast who will continue to play a vital role on the show moving forward: Cayetana (Georgina Amoros), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Valerio (Jorge Lopez). The season 2 finale hinted that Cayetana in particular will take centre stage in Élite's third season thanks to her involvement with Polo.

Élite season 3 trailer: When will it land?

Filming hasn't started yet for Élite season 3, but check back here regularly for the new trailer once it arrives.

In the meantime, enjoy watching the cast play "Never Have I Ever" in the clip above. Sure, it's less dramatic than the game played on screen in season 2, but let's face it: nothing's as dramatic as Élite itself.

Élite season 3 plot: What will happen?

The ramifications of Marina's murder were still felt throughout season 2 and they'll continue to cause waves when the show returns as well.

In the season 2 finale, everyone discovered that it was Polo who killed one of Spain's elite students, so it seems almost certain that the next instalment will focus on the school's reaction to this news and a renewed search for justice.

Guzmán and Samuel in particular will have a personal interest in this given their close connections to both Marina and Polo.

Whatever happens, let's just hope that Christian (Miguel Herrán) makes a full return in future episodes. While it sort of made sense that his character was sidelined last season for plotting reasons, it's about time that this original cast member was given his due once again moving forward.

One thing we can guarantee is that Ander and Omar — or #Omander, as they're known online — won't be leaving anytime soon. The fan-favourite couple worked through a lot of their issues in season two, and it seems likely that their relationship will continue to play a big, adorable role in season 3.

Élite seasons 1 and 2 are now available to watch worldwide on Netflix.

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