The Affair: Season 3 (2016 - 2017)


Season 3
The Affair

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The Affair adds to its cast of strong characters and deepens the mood, tension, and intrigue, even if the plot sometimes struggles to move forward.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 215

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Air date: Nov 20, 2016

Season 3 begins with Noah being haunted by a recent hardship and struggling to navigate the challenges of his old life while trying to adapt to a new one. A new love interest isn't enough to overcome a sense of dread. And someone is watching him.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2016

A stern request from Noah leaves Helen devastated. Meanwhile, various pressures cause Helen and Vik to reexamine their relationship; and Alison's worst fears are realized when she returns to Montauk following a crisis.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2016

Juliette, running from secrets she left in Paris, looks for adventure and romance in America. Noah is an alluring prospect but a terrifying event blasts her hopes of a carefree affair. Meanwhile, Noah must fight like never before and try to make sense of what just occurred.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2016

Alison's complicated return to Cole's life puts him in an increasingly impossible situation. Also, Alison must contend with Luisa Cole and the legal system, while attempting to reconnect with her daughter. But a dangerous passion threatens to jeopardize everything.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2016

Alison is motivated to spend a memorable day with Noah on Block Island for an unusual reason. The excursion results in a profound connection, but Noah is left wistful and the problems he was escaping return with shocking force.

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Air date: Jan 1, 2017

Noah's unexplained absence sends Helen on a journey of increasingly troublesome discoveries. Meanwhile, Noah is compelled to return to a place he's spent his life trying to escape and attempts to repair his relationship with Martin before it's too late.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2017

Helen gives Noah the help he needs, although the cost might be too high. At his absolute weakest, Noah's world has never seemed more hostile or bewildering. A vital moment of release turns suddenly into something that can't be undone.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2017

An unexpected event gives Alison reason to celebrate but it also provokes a sobering realization. Soon after, a startling warning leaves her pondering the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Cole's frustrations with Alison come to a head and reveal a radical truth.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2017

Helen's escape to Montauk exacerbates her guilt and hastens an identity crisis. Meanwhile, Noah's world collapses, leaving him to process something horrific.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2017

Season 3 ends with a chance encounter offering Noah a possibility for healing a relationship that is in desperate need of repair, and his visit to Paris provides Juliette with a distraction from unpleasant realities at home.

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Season 3 of the provocative drama about an extramarital affair between Noah Solloway (Dominic West), a Brooklyn author, and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson), a Long Island waitress

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Critic Reviews for The Affair Season 3

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Season 3 muddied the water in several ways, starting and ending with Noah (Dominic West) - the show's most frustrating character.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The Showtime series has just gotten unnecessarily odd.

Jan 5, 2017 | Full Review…

[It] didn't take a different narrative gaze so much as became a MUCH MORE HORRIFYING SHOW.

Nov 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Affair continues to keep us intrigued, which is always an accomplishment worth noting; we'll definitely be watching as Season 3 proceeds. If only because the show has built up a rich tapestry beyond its most problematic character.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Dark and thrilling, The Affair returns with a huge wallop - and glorious French star Irène Jacob is in the house.

Nov 16, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Even when I don't agree with all of the show's choices, it's a lot of fun to write about, just because there's so much there. And the performances are always spectacular.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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This new season proves that The Affair should have ended last season. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The riveting second half of this episode ushered The Affair into film noir, the director Jeffrey Reiner vividly using eerie deep-focus shots to externalize Noah's dread.

Jun 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Affair [Season 3] feels like a completely different series.

Jan 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's barely a single character here you don't want to throttle at some stage, yet such forces make them all utterly compelling, laid bare in their erotic drive, their self-delusions, justifications or gender biases.

Jan 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The strain of attempting to wrap an arty veneer around a pulpy sex show is starting to show.

Nov 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The most impressive part of The Affair remains its ability to juggle so many perspectives.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 3

  • Jul 14, 2019
    Just as with season 2, the characters are as unlikable as they've ever been. They continue to make the worst and most absurd choices anyone could make in the situations they're placed in. I can't figure out why I've stuck around through this. Maybe it's because season 4 has good reviews. It's a frustrating show. I find myself interested in it for a minute and then out of it for the next 4, then back in for a minute, etc. Though I hate all the characters in this season, I think I actually like Vick. He might be the only character I've ever liked on this show. Ever.
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Why did they ruin it. I Didt like the new characters what was that all about??? The french random story just to fill the gaps so annoying! Keep to the real storylines we all loved in season 2! The dark weird eerie plot really??? just ruined the actual stories for me. Bit disappointing but still enjoyed most the the season.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    Loved season 1 and 2 and wish it had ended on a high then. Wha a let down season 3 has been
  • Apr 11, 2017
    Season 3 was different and good until the last couple of episodes?? I was so disappointed and confused with the direction this show took.
  • Mar 08, 2017
    very exciting, well-built drama with many talented actress. good casting aswell
  • Feb 07, 2017
    Following in its path, the story continues, but streches far away from its earlier self, suddenly books and fame are long gone, now its psycho-time with schizo/benzo reality. Still good, but honestly somehow roadside.
  • Jan 30, 2017
    Due to stagnant momentum and some dips into abusrdity, The Affair's latest year is its weakest yet, but the show hasn't giving up its strong cards yet. Picking up after a two-year time jump after the second season's shocking finale, The Affair dispenses with the ascendent arc that it built over two years, and in many ways starts from scratch. The character's are all in different places this year, which lends itself to some fascinating developments, but the show lacks the quick-to-the-punch method that worked so well for it previously, and at times it can feel like the narrative is meandering. Where The Affair still excels though, is knowing how to get fucking dark! The Noah storyline is the most interesting one this season as expected, with Dominic West's character going into some dark territory, and dealing with a creepy stalker (played with aplomb by none other than Brenden Fraser!). Fortunately, The Affair doesn't follow the framework of other Showtime series by jumping the shark in its third season, but it's a bit disappointing after two preliminary seasons that were the closest on American television to feeling novel-esque.
  • Jan 29, 2017
    The Affair has lost its way. I don't like the dark turn it has taken. I can barely make it through an episode now.
  • Jan 12, 2017
    I'm hooked. Possible the best show on Television. Why had I not heard about this show before. Everyone should be watching. Gripping, Sexy, Sultry, Provocative, Erotic, Dramatic, Violent, Passionate.
  • Dec 19, 2016
    It's rare for a second or third series to attempt to go deeper down the psychological rabbit hole, rarer still for it to succeed so brilliantly AND avoid compromising the integrity of the show. Noah is still despicable but his attempts to sow the first fragile seeds of redemption are an interesting twist, although most of us probably hopes he fails and expect failure too.

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