The third season of Shrill provides much-needed closure, but it also encourages the audience to miss the characters — it’s a fine balance.
This review of the Hulu series Shrill season 3 contains no spoilers — the final season will be released on the streaming service on May 7, 2021.
The main selling point of Shrill, without disregarding the other delightful characters, is our main woman Annie Easton (played by Aidy Bryant). From the very beginning, this lead character has been a symbol of self-discovery and self-care. She has taught audiences many lessons, battling many social scenarios, and we have witnessed a character that has grown. I believe Annie resonates with us because she is “us” — she represents weird but normal — the character has never indicated braving the limelight of a horny YA series.
And season 3 seems a natural endpoint — Shrill was never sold as a story that would last for 10 installments — there was clearly going to be a narrative that runs its course. So we are happy that Hulu decided to give the audiences an ending and didn’t suffer the usual Netflix guillotine, with questions unanswered. You can tell the writers truly thought of “the ending” of season 3, and without spoiling it for fans, it’s certainly a welcome one.
The last season of Shrill paves the way for the next chapter of Annie’s life — it challenges her to find a settling point rather than navigate through the hectic lifestyle she had chosen. There’s a push for maturity, but not just by her but friends and acquaintances. Annie does not need fuckboys or s**t dates — she’s empowered; she’s done the hard part in accepting herself and placing her personality in society — it’s now time to rule her own world. And I believe that’s what season 3 represents — it proves that the lead character and her close circle can go from young adults to established adults, which does not mean not having fun, but it certainly means obtaining a spiritual shift.
And if season 3 proves anything, it shows how writing can get better — this is a series that has markedly improved since the first season, and now we are adhering to a complete third installment. The third season of Shrill provides much-needed closure, but it also encourages the audience to miss the characters — it’s a fine balance.