As we prepare to enter Steinvember, or just November to those who don’t observe Hailee Steinfeld world-domination month, AppleTV+ gave us our final look at Dickinson’s third and final season before its first episode drops on November 5.
Over the past two seasons of Dickinson, AppleTV+’s comedy about the life of poet Emily Dickinson, the Civil War has been brewing in the background, and in the season 3 trailer, it’s finally here.
The Civil War was the most productive time in the poet’s life, but it complicated the lives of everyone around her, including her own, as she’s unable to release the poems floating around inside her head with all the conflict. Emily also seeks to heal the suffering of the country through her art, and questions if hope can truly save us all.
Despite the presence of the Civil War, it isn’t the only conflict of this third season, as Emily declares: “My family is in complete chaos.” Though the entire Dickinson clan is suffering in this trailer, which features a terrifying amount of funeral footage and a distinct lack of Mr. Dickinson, no one seems more unhappy than Austin. He calls the family a complete joke and seems very upset that his marriage with Sue has crumbled.
One man’s loss is our gain, though, as this trailer highlights Emily and Sue, dubbed Emisue, to their fullest potential. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the season 2 finale earlier this year, showrunner Alena Smith called Emily and Sue’s dynamic in this final season a “spiritual marriage,” and we see that clearly in the trailer.
In contrast to her feelings in season 2’s first episode, Sue now tells Emily: “I want the mess. I want you.” In addition to various scenes throughout, Emily and Sue have their own little section in the trailer, where Emily declares that she can’t breathe without Sue, and they share a kiss as well. The chemistry between Steinfeld and Ella Hunt jumps off the screen, even in the trailer, and I know this dynamic will continue to be a stand-out in the final season.
The trailer also gives us our first looks at Billy Eichner as Walt Whitman and Chloe Fineman as Sylvia Plath, who calls Emily “the original sad girl.” Returning guest stars Zosia Mamet as Louisa May Alcott, Wiz Khalifa as Death, and Will Pullen as Nobody appear as well.
In addition to the official trailer release, the official Dickinson account took to Instagram to share what is believed to be the episode titles; starting with “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” and ending with “This was a Poet.” Along with the episode titles, stills from the first three episodes were released, showing a funeral in the season premiere and a sewing party in episode 3.
When it was announced last month that Dickinson would be coming to an end with its third season, it marked the end of an era for AppleTV+. Dickinson premiered at launch for AppleTV+ when it debuted in 2019, with other originals like The Morning Show and See.
After the announcement, Alena Smith reassured fans that ending after 3 seasons was her own plan, one that she praised Apple for allowing her to see through to the end. As we learn more about Dickinson’s final outing, it’s clear that Emily is getting an ending worthy of her talents and infamy, and I’m beyond excited to watch.