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Why Women Kill Season 3 - What We Know So Far

"Why Women Kill" has proved to be a delicious summer treat for Paramount+ subscribers for two years running. While the first season of the show focused on the murderous inhabitants of a certain Pasadena, California mansion over several decades, the second season changed things up in a big way, by taking place in a single town and time period, while focusing on the battle for control of a high-class California gardening club in the 1940s. Both seasons trafficked in that classic sense of Marc Cherry campiness, combined with familial drama, soap opera romances and glossy, well-dressed, high-camp black comedy. When you watch either season of "Why Women Kill," one is apt to either laugh about the characters' antics ... or shed a tear for their fumbling. Sometimes, you'll do both at the same time.

With the second season now drawing to a close, let's take a look at what we know about the possibility of a third season. First off, is it even happening? Second, given the massive shift between Season 1 and Season 2, what will Season 3 be about — and for that matter, who will star in it? Here's what we know so far.

When will the third season of Why Women Kill be released?

At this time of writing, "Why Women Kill" has not yet been renewed for its third season. Typically, Paramount+ usually renews or cancels its summer offerings within a few weeks of its final episode airing on the streaming platform. The show was picked up for a second season in mid-October of last year (via Variety) on the same day that its final episode of the season was posted, so it's likely there will be a decision soon. Hopefully, fans will be getting good news about "Why Women Kill" coming back for a third season shortly.

Last year, the show filmed through the winter months of 2020, and then into 2021, thanks to the many Covid-19 related restrictions which took place in California at the time the show was picked up. It's likely that if "Why Women Kill" is renewed in October, and if filming progresses without any hitches, the third season of the show will once again begin airing in the early summer of next year. The general time frame in which the second season aired — from June to July — seems to be the best bet for Season 3. 

It's also possible that Paramount+ could hold off on the show, and air it from late August to mid-October, as it did the first season. Until a renewal is officially announced, it'll be a guessing game.

Who will star in the third season of Why Women Kill be released?

Since the show's third season hasn't been greenlit, we don't yet have a cast announced for the third season of "Why Women Kill" — and now that Season 2 has setup a guideline wherein each new season will feature a fresh set of characters and a new premise, it's unlikely that the characters from either season of the show will carry over into the third.

It's easy to imagine a whole new crop of California divas taking center stage for this fresh season, with all-new dilemmas and all-new murders to clean up after. We'll reserve our speculation when it comes to plot and setting for the show for a little bit, but it would be lovely to see more theatre divas on the show – Patti LuPone, or Audra McDonald, for instance — on the show. At the moment, however, there are no stars who have attached themselves to the third season, so stay tuned for more information.

What will the third season of Why Women Kill be about?

Once again, due to the anthology nature of the overall series, and the intentional lack of an overarching storyline which connects previous seasons to the latest one, there have been no plot details announced for the third season of "Why Women Kill," and there's really no way to know what themes or characters it may tackle, at this time.

It's fun to speculate about what era the show might visit, instead. Since the subject matter that the show has centered itself around, thus far, has tended to be about housewives of the more desperate variety, perhaps single women will be Cherry's next province. We've explored the fifties, forties, eighties and present day thus far — what era will the show time-hop to next? The 1920s, perhaps? Will someone kill to become an easy and free flapper? Will we delve into cults and murder in the far-out 1960s? Will there be an adventure in the 1970s involving cocaine, cake, and glitter? 

All of this will be left up to the mind of Marc Cherry, and whatever twist he can throw toward his next set of murderous, fashionable, desperate divas will surely be a pleasure to watch.