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Jack Ryan Season 3 - What We Know So Far

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Tom Clancy's reluctant analyst is back once again. After years of waiting, Jack Ryan is back in action, gearing up for a third intense season. 

Since the series' bow back in 2018, the leading pair of Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and James Greer (Wendell Pierce) have foiled a bioterror plot targeting American leaders in a Washington hospital and beheaded a corrupt Venezuelan political machine indirectly responsible for the assassin of a U.S. senator. In other words, Ryan and Greer have been busy, but the action isn't stopping now.

This time around, Ryan will find himself up against a group of Russian baddies and the CIA itself. So who will accompany Ryan on his adventures? When will we get to see his latest mission? It's been a long time coming, but here's what we know so far about "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" Season 3.

When will Jack Ryan Season 3 be released?

"Jack Ryan" fans have been patiently waiting for a while. The second season premiered back on October 31, 2019, and the third season itself was announced months earlier in February. So why has it taken so long to get everybody's favorite CIA analyst back on the small screen?

Well, that's partly to do with the coronavirus pandemic. Like many Hollywood projects, "Jack Ryan" Season 3 was delayed by COVID-19. The behind-the-scenes drama didn't help either. Original showrunner Carlton Cuse stepped down after Season 2 and was replaced by screenwriter David Scarpa ("The Last Castle"). Soon though, Scarpa was replaced by Paul Scheuring of "Prison Break." But in January 2020, Deadline reported that Scheuring had walked away, with Vaun Wilmott of "Star Trek: Discovery" stepping in.

However, all that is behind us now, and we have a definitive release date for Season 3. Prepare to see Jack Ryan back in action on December 21, 2022, when the eight-episode season hits Amazon Prime Video.

What is the plot of Jack Ryan Season 3?

Each season of "Jack Ryan" has focused on a different mission, and Season 3 will follow in that tradition. 

This time around, a group of warhawk Russians who miss the glory days of the Soviet Union are planning on bringing back the Sokol Project, a decades-old plan that involves nuclear weapons and World War III. Needless to say, Ryan — who's working as a case officer over in Rome — can't stand by and let all this go down, even when the CIA tells him to stand down.

But Jack's insistence on saving the day backfires when, as the official synopsis reveals (via TVLine), "Jack is wrongly implicated ... 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."

With Russian assassins on one side and CIA agents on the other, Ryan must team up with old allies — like CIA officer James Greer and former agent Mike November (via Deadline) if he's going to clear his name and save the world from nuclear attack.

Who is starring in Jack Ryan Season 3?

After playing Jack Ryan in the first two seasons, John Krasinski is back to save some lives and beat up some bad guys. But he won't be the only familiar face returning for Season 3. According to Deadline, both Wendell Pierce and Michael Kelly are coming back to play the roles of James Greer and Mike November, respectively.

As for newcomers, we know that Betty Gabriel ("Get Out," "The Purge: Election Year") will play the role of CIA Rome Station Chief Elizabeth Wright and Nina Hoss ("Tár," "A Most Wanted Man") will play the part of Alena Kovac, the president of the Czech Republic. We can also expect to see Peter Guinness, James Cosmo, and Alexei Mavelov (via The Playlist).

It's also been said that the great Michael Peña may appear in Season 3 as Tom Clancy character Domingo "Ding" Chavez (via Empire). We know for a fact that Peña will appear in Season 4, and Deadline has reported that it seems likely he's getting his own spinoff series. Here's hoping Peña does indeed make his first appearance here in Season 3.

Who is the showrunner of Jack Ryan Season 3?

Best known for his work on "Lost," Carlton Cuse was the original showrunner for "Jack Ryan," working on the first two seasons. After he stepped down, the production entered a phase of showrunner musical chairs, with David Scarpa stepping in and leaving, Paul Scheuring stepping in and leaving, and finally, Vaun Wilmott getting the showrunning seat.

Wilmott was Scheuring's right-hand man on the project — the two had previously worked on "Prison Break" — and he's had experience producing "Star Trek: Discovery" and creating the series "Dominion." He's also written episodes for all three aforementioned shows, as well as "Sons of Anarchy."

Of course, he won't be doing this solo. As Deadline explains, lead star John Krasinski is very hands-on with "Jack Ryan." He's the executive producer and has been involved in making important decisions for the show's trajectory. With the dynamic duo of Wilmott and Krasinski in charge of things, we're sure "Jack Ryan" Season 3 will be just as exciting and action-packed as the previous two.

Is there a trailer for Jack Ryan Season 3?

The trailer for "Jack Ryan" Season 3 dropped on October 27, and it starts off with Jack Ryan on the run, pursued by the CIA. After warning his bosses about a group of Russian hardliners hoping to unleash nuclear chaos, Ryan is ordered to step down, but our hero has other intentions. "You're about to cross a line, and there may be no going back," he's warned. His response? "Because I'm trying to do the right thing."

With the fate of millions hanging in the balance, Ryan finds himself hunted in a market by a Russian assassin, escaping pursuers down a desolate highway, getting into deadly gunfights, and battling a bad guy on a train. At least he won't be alone, as he's teaming up with old friends. "What are the odds this is a one-way trip?" James Greer asks. "80, 90 percent?" Jack responds, before Mike November chimes in with, "At least my last flight won't be on coach." So our heroes are keeping up good spirits, even as the might of the world is chasing them down.

Where to watch Jack Ryan Season 3

Jack Ryan is back on December 21, but before the eight-episode series lands on Amazon Prime Video, you might want to go back and check out his previous adventures. So where can you watch the first and second seasons of "Jack Ryan?" Well, if you have Prime Video, you can watch all 16 episodes over on Amazon. And then get ready for Season 3 right before Christmas, and then prep yourself for the fourth and final season of the show, which is currently shooting.