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Warrior Season 3 - What We Know So Far

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The first two seasons of Warrior were produced by Cinemax as a network original. Unfortunately for Warrior fans at the time, Cinemax ultimately decided to withdraw entirely from producing new TV series following Warrior's second season. Thus, it was canceled simply by virtue of a shift in network strategy. In January 2021, however, the series found new life when it was added to HBO Max's streaming library, where it remains today.

Though Warrior premiered in 2019, its roots reach back decades earlier. The initial concept behind what ultimately became Warrior originated in the mind of none other than martial arts movie messiah Bruce Lee. When Lee died in 1973, his idea for a TV series remained merely conceptual. Warrior's two seasons as they exist today are the realization of ongoing efforts by Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee to bring that idea to life.

As per Bruce Lee's initial premise, Warrior's story begins when a Chinese martial artist immigrates to San Francisco in the late 1800s. He soon gets wrapped up in ongoing conflict between San Francisco's tongs, which are community centers of sorts for Chinese immigrants, sometimes tied to organized crime.

Thanks to HBO's addition of the series to its flagship streaming service, interest in Warrior rose to an all-time high, and as a result, HBO Max will now produce a third season. Here's everything we know about Warrior Season 3.

Updated February 16, 2022: This article has been updated following Season 3's confirmation.

When will Warrior season 3 be released?

Justin Lin, the director of multiple entries in the Fast & Furious franchise and producer of Warrior, was among the first to express hope for a third season. According to Lin, the creative team behind Warrior had "a lot more stories to tell." Actor Chen Tang, who played Yao in the live-action adaptation of Mulan and joined Warrior Season 2 as Hong, later stated in an interview that the show's producers had initially planned for four or five seasons in total. He, too, was among those publicly hoping for at least one more season after its cancellation. An inevitable change.org petition for a new season, meanwhile, reached its goal of more than 65,000 signatures prior to Season 3's confirmation.

Finally, in April of 2021, HBO Max shared a video to its Twitter account in which members of the Warrior crew confirmed that the series will indeed be back for more. Since then, HBO has yet to announce a premiere date, so given this relative lack of news — possibly complicated by the ongoing pandemic — Season 3 is unlikely to premiere until late 2022 at the earliest, or possibly even sometime in 2023.

Who will star in Warrior season 3?

Without its cast officially confirmed, it's technically unknown who will return upon Warrior's next outing. That said, a certain level of enthusiasm for the series seems to be shared among a number producers and cast members alike based on their public support for a third season in advance of its confirmation. It's likely, then, that the crew behind Season 3 will resemble that of its second.

Presuming that all of the show's principal players will be returning, then the central role of martial artist Ah Sahm will once again be portrayed by Andrew Koji. Also in its prior two seasons, Dianna Doan played Mai Ling, Sahm's sister, and leader of the Long Zii tong. Fighting alongside Sahm were brothel madam Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) and newly appointed Hop Wei tong leader Young Jun (Jason Tobin). 

Furthermore, in an interview with Pop Culture, Shannon Lee announced that she planned on appearing in a cameo role in what was then a hypothetical third season. In a model popularized by her father Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do martial arts philosophy, Shannon Lee is a cross-disciplinary student of Taekwondo, Wushu, and kickboxing. Therefore, her supposed cameo will likely make use of her real-life fighting experience.

What will be the plot of Warrior season 3?

Warrior's second season concluded with a two-pronged cliffhanger of sorts. Thus, those two particular lingering plot threads will be likely addressed upon the series' revival. On one front, the imprisoned Zing (Dustin Nguyen) appears to have broken out of his confines in the season's final moments. As the leader of the Fung Hai tong, his reintroduction should shake up the ongoing tong wars considerably. Meanwhile, the fact that Ah Sahm is Mai Ling's brother became public knowledge near the end of Season 2. Therefore, the effect that knowledge will inevitably have on inter-tong politics should come to a head in Season 3.

On another front, Mai Ling is blackmailing Samuel Blake (Christian McKay), the mayor of San Francisco, over knowledge of his past as a Confederate soldier. Their ongoing alliance, too, should only add fuel to the fire. Based on countless prior series developments, the inevitable outcome of each of these plot developments will be plenty of fighting and resultant bloodshed.