Prime Video’s TV series about novelist Tom Clancy’s most famous character appears to have been the victim of some of the usual behind-the-scenes issues. Season 3 underwent not one, but two showrunner shakeups and then the world went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Not only that, but right before Jack Ryan season 1 even premiered, its star John Krasinski proved himself to be a capable horror director with A Quiet Place and naturally had to return to helm its sequel.
Prime Video doled out an advance order for Jack Ryan Season 3 back in February 2019, before season 2 even premiered. And that was pretty much the last we heard of Jack Ryan season 3 for awhile, outside of some brief casting announcements. Now, however, Prime Video has finally announced a release date for the globe-trotting CIA analyst’s third outing.
Here is everything we know about Jack Ryan season 3.
Jack Ryan Season 3 Release Date
Jack Ryan season 3 finally has a release date! The third outing for the CIA’s golden boy will premiere all eight episodes on Wednesday, Dec. 21 on Prime Video.
Jack Ryan Season 3 Cast
Jack Ryan stars John Krasinski as the titular ex-Marine turned CIA analyst who tracks the finances of terrorist organizations. Wendell Pierce co-stars alongside Krasinski as CIA agent James Greer. Michael Kelly (House of Cards) will reprise his role as Mike November.
The officially announced new additions for season 3 include:
- Betty Gabriel (Get Out) as Elizabeth Wright
- James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) as Luca
- Peter Guinness (Chernobyl) as Petr
- Nina Hoss (Homeland) as Alena Kovac
- Alexej Mavelov (Undercover) as Alexei
- Michael Peña (Ant-Man) as Domingo “Ding” Chavez
Michael Peña’s “Ding” Chavez will return as a regular in Jack Ryan season 4 and then receive his own spinoff.
Jack Ryan Season 3 Story
Prime Video’s official synopsis for Jack Ryan season 3 reads:
Season Three of the action-thriller series finds Jack Ryan on the run and in a race against time. Jack is wrongly implicated in a larger conspiracy and suddenly finds himself a fugitive out in the cold. Now, wanted by both the CIA and an international rogue faction that he has uncovered, Jack is forced underground, crisscrossing Europe, trying to stay alive, while preventing a massive global conflict.
The character Jack Ryan was created by author Tom Clancy and first appeared in his 1984 novel The Hunt For Red October. To date, there are 32 novels (most penned by Clancy) that feature Jack Ryan or his friends in the “Ryanverse,” with more on the way. The character has been on the big screen five times, played over the years by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. Krasinski joined that fraternity with season one and is now the longest tenured Jack Ryan.
Jack Ryan‘s first two seasons featured domestic threats from Islamic extremists and a corrupt election in Venezuela.
Jack Ryan Season 3 Showrunner
David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) was set to be the new showrunner for Jack Ryan before leaving the show. Then Paul Scheuring, best known as the creator of Fox’s Prison Break, was set to step in for Scarpa, starting with the still-developing season 3. But he has since been replaced by Vaun Wilmott (Star Trek: Discovery) All these showrunner swaps finalize a process that saw the exit of Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel), who, after initially developing the Tom Clancy revival property for television with co-showrunner Graham Roland, stepped back from his day-to-day showrunner duties in 2019, as Deadline reported. Both Cuse and Roland remain on as executive producers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scheuring decided to step away from the showrunner position after discovering he wasn’t a good fit (also, somewhat fascinatingly: he opted to go to grad school rather than run an Amazon Prime Video streaming show.) The latest showrunner, Vaun Wimott, previously worked with Scheuring on the aforementioned Prison Break. He also created and produced Syfy’s Dominion.