Bloodline: Season 3 (2017)

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Muddled and unsatisfying, Bloodline's final season offers disappointing proof that a stellar cast can only carry a series for so long.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: May 26, 2017

John encounters a roadblock as he tries to flee; after a confessional meeting with Marco, Kevin must turn to a shady character for help.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Kevin finally gets in touch with John; Eric tells Ozzy about an opportunity; Kevin and Roy's man tries to set up a plausible scenario.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Kevin's account of his injury leads to more questions than answers; John tries to locate Eric before the cops or Roy's men can find him.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Belle and Kevin become parents; John is suspicious when Roy asks Kevin to sign a letter that supports Eric's petition.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

The Rayburns try to talk the Diazes into accepting a plea deal; Eric receives advice; Kevin falls in with an unsavory crowd.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

John testifies in court and is visited by someone from his past; Chelsea has info for the legal team.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Kevin is called as a witness; John looks for Meg; Sally is willing to testify against allegations that her family has a history of hiding the truth.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Kevin is in over his head; Sally plans out the future of the inn; John's suspicions are raised when a retired cop buddy visits.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Disoriented and in the hospital, John experiences a series of surreal encounters that meld the past and the present.

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Air date: May 26, 2017

Kevin makes a discovery; Sally receives devastating news; John faces what he has to do to put the matter of Danny to rest.

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Cast & Crew

Kyle Chandler
John Rayburn

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Sissy Spacek
Sally Rayburn

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Linda Cardellini
Meg Rayburn

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Norbert Leo Butz
Kevin Rayburn

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Todd A. Kessler
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Daniel Zelman
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Glenn Kessler
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Critic Reviews for Bloodline: Season 3

Audience Reviews for Bloodline: Season 3

  • Aug 20, 2022
    Danny's (Mendelson) magnetic acting was sorely missed. By season 3 I had had enough of watching John's (Chandler) repeated mannerisms and wanted to throw something at the tv everytime he appeared and he appeared 90% of the time. Thought the editing and directing were painfully bad.
  • May 27, 2022
    Unremittingly grim family drama/thriller set in beautiful Florida Keys. I think the writer of this 3-season drama must know Greek tragedy, which also traces family tragedy (e.g. Agamemnon) back to an original crime or murder and shows the family curse working itself out over the generations. At one point the mother of the family in this series, Sally, says she thinks the family is cursed. I'd say the whole thing is a kind of anti-thriller. The goodies turn into the baddies. The baddies become goodies in that they are unjustly punished/killed. There is no resolution to the plot in a thrilling court scene or police chase or anything similar. Rather, there is a court scene, but a (relatively) innocent man is sentenced to 30 years in prison, and the real killer is never identified. At the very end when the 'baddy' finally decides to end the saga by confessing to his guilt, the policeman colleague to whom he confesses merely pats him on the shoulder and says: people who have become paranoiac do not realize it themselves, but others around them do. In other words, nobody takes his confession seriously and there is no resolution to the plot at all. As I said, all thirty-odd episodes over three seasons are unrelentingly grim: there's not a laugh in the whole show, merely a grinding feeling of tension and frustration that the truth never comes out and the lies persist. This is psychologically very tiring for the viewer, although it may be more realistic than standard crime dramas which routinely come to a resolution with the triumph of good over evil. Here the opposite happens: a well-regarded, successful family grinds itself into the dust. It's not revealing too much to say that the 'original crime' which sets the whole thing off is the accidental drowning of one of Sally's children and the consequences of that. The crimes which follow on from that result from the fact that one of the brothers, Danny, goes to the bad when his father punishes him violently for the drowning of the sister. Danny, by the way, is one of the more engaging characters in the first series: but he's truly maddening as well, a real prodigal son returning and *not* making good. The script writer loves the technique of breaking off a dialogue or scene just when something important is about to be said or revealed, leaving the story hanging in the air. OK, it's a technique for creating suspense, but it's overused here and grates for that reason. Although there are some loopholes in the plot (for example, why is Sally allowed to tell her story from the past during the court hearing when the judge had previously ruled that the defence lawyer should not be allowed to bring in any extraneous material?) but on the whole the plot is meticulously constructed and the characters of the family members convincingly drawn. As I said, a Greek tragedy set in Florida Keys and dragged out depressingly long with no satisfying conclusion at all (what the ancients called catharsis). At the end everyone is broken (even the beautiful seaside resort itself, which is said to be going to be submerged under water in ten years' time) except possibly Danny's (one of the brothers) son Nolan, who might just possibly have found a way out of the family curse. Do not watch if you want to be entertained, but as anti-thriller or anti-family drama it's quite absorbing.
  • Feb 05, 2022
    Season 3 was more than a disappoint to end this series, it was downright confusing. The past & present not only blurred together but even what was actually happening was uncertain. Bad ending to an otherwise good series.
  • Sep 26, 2021
    It really was a great disappointment
  • Jun 22, 2021
    [*plot spoilers*] I recently re-watched this entire series. Having the time and attention to dive to its depths made me wonder where my head was the first time I watched it, on its original release. My feelings about it at that time were pretty much in line with the reviews here: the first season was taut and exciting, but the rest felt like and exercise in agony, watching a train wreck in slow motion. I thought it had become a teeth-grinder with no payoff. The series is really less about excitement, explosions, and suspense than it is the anatomy - or maybe more of a post-mortem dissection - of a family built on violence and untruths. It's watching how exactly the personalities raised on those two flimsy foundations undo themselves, and how the family as a whole undoes itself. The writing is psychologically right-on, never hitting a false note - and that, in itself, is a huge accomplishment in any cinematic offering, no less one that spans 33 episodes. The environmental parallel is wonderful: the house itself - the symbol of the family - is of no value by the end of the story, because it will be underwater in 10 years. In case we missed it, this locates the experience of this family as the average that it is, by placing it in the context of the real, crumbling culture and the real, dying world that is the casualty of that culture. Additionally, and reminiscent of Road to Perdition, John, who shoulders the family burdens, has the opportunity for redemption at the end, when he faces telling Danny's son the truth - that he killed Danny; that Danny's son was not responsible for his father's death. In this way he can end the cycle of lies, misplaced guilt, penance, and self-loathing that has plagued the family. It also shows its surrealist chops in the episode in which John keeps hallucinating; the astral otherness and plausibility-yet-slightly-nightmarish-offness rivals any trippy segment in existence. The writers show their prowess in manipulating, yet perfectly reflecting, 'Reality' in its kaleidoscope of possibilities, and through the inevitable filter of human fears. Yet, somehow, we are able to understand by the next episode what actually happened. Kyle Chandler (John) shows his versatility and intelligence as an actor here, too. This series may not be what most of us are looking for when we tune into a show at the end of the day. It's an in-depth study of characters, family, and the emotional foundation of each person and of the family as a whole. In its purity of story, and even in its juggling of existential truths, I would now place it in the same family as Alan Ball's Six Feet Under. This is highly emotionally intelligent TV, and deserves the same attention as our great novels.
  • Mar 13, 2021
    If this show was given time to finish its storylines this would have been on my top 10 Tv Shows of all time but instead we got a rushed confusing series finale. So much great storyline that is worth 5 years instead we got 3, very bittersweet.
  • Feb 28, 2021
    Kevin is the worst annoying actor I've ever seen what a baby
  • Feb 23, 2021
    Season 1 and 2 are moving along pretty well, with a fairly cohesive storyline. I don't know what heck happened with the writers. They must have been dropping acid while writing episodes 1 -7. It was so confusing and all over the place that we were making our own story up trying to construct something that made sense. The ending was hurried and beyond disappointing.
  • Nov 05, 2020
    A perfect example of what happens when scriptwriters write themselves into a tight corner. Expect some crazy Tennessee Williams moments amidst scenes of paranoid fumbling through the guilt-ridden mind of a once sympathetic character (John). Since no realistic conclusion is imaginable, we are invited to accept this in its stead. Is this our reward for seeing it through? I want my money back.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    Do not waste your time. We kept watching believing the implausible plot, characters and dialogue would somehow come together. Spoiler alert. IT DOESN'T. The writers should be embarrassed.

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