I know what you’re thinking — there’s already a Top Boy Season 3! Yes, technically, there is; Netflix’s reboot of the gritty UK-set crime drama was technically the third outing for Sully and Dushane. But thanks to Netflix’s acquisition of the property and needless rebranding of it, the first two seasons, that originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK and was canceled in 2014, are now known as Top Boy: Summerhouse. Netflix’s more expensive and expansive version is now known as simply Top Boy. It’s unnecessary and confusing, but when we speculate about Top Boy Season 3, we’re speculating about the third go-around for the recent version, and not including the original eight episodes (which you should nonetheless still watch since they’re important to the overarching story and they’re great.)
So, the question remains…
Renewed or cancelled status – Will there be a Top Boy Season 3?
At the time of writing, there is no official confirmation that Top Boy has been renewed. The second season only just dropped today, so it’s early days yet.
However, given the massive cliffhanger at the end of the latest outing, and the show’s success with both critics and audiences, there’s a very good chance that we’ll receive word of a renewal sooner rather than later. After all, Drake didn’t endeavor to get this show back off the ground just to abandon it at the peak of its powers.
What is Top Boy?
For those unaware, Top Boy is basically the English answer to The Wire. It’s a grounded, complex crime drama about career criminals and the impoverished neighborhoods they aspire to be kingpins of, with a particular focus on the social and economic factors that conspire to make the criminal lifestyle seem like the only attainable one to disenfranchised youth. It was a big hit in the UK and has received a second jolt of global popularity thanks to Drake’s association with the show and Netflix’s renewal of it.
Who is in it?
Top Boy primarily revolves around Dushane (Ashley Walters ) and Sully (Kane “Kano” Robinson), two long-time friends who run a drug-dealing operation out of the Summerhouse estate in Hackney. The first season — or third, depending on who you ask — introduced Michael Ward as Jamie, a revelatory character who was as much a father figure to his younger brothers as he was a ruthless killer and criminal. Regulars include Jasmine Jobson as Dushane’s right-hand woman Jaq, Little Simz as Dushane’s girlfriend Shelley, Hope Ikpoku Jnr and Araloyin Oshunremi as Jamie’s brothers Aaron and Stef, Kadeem Ramsay as Jamie’s best friend Kit, and Lisa Dwan as Dushane’s Irish drug supplier, Lizzie.
No spoilers here, but most of these characters could and would return for a third season — though not all!
What do we know about the third season so far?
As yet, very little. However, we’ll be sure to update this page with more information as we get it.
Plot-wise, things aren’t exactly resolved, and a very last-minute cliffhanger massively shook up the established status quo and character dynamics. With that in mind, and the chances of a renewal high, best to keep an eye on things here to see how they develop.