To keep up the title of the best Amazon series, ‘Homecoming’ season 3 will see the return of Julia Roberts in the new anthology format.
To repeat the same success that the first season of ‘Homecoming’ received, Sam Esmail wants Julia Roberts back in season 3. Julia left the show after season 1 to create space for the anthology format in season 2. The question is what role will she play in ‘Homecoming’ season 3? Will she appear as the same old Heidi Bergman or play a new character in the anthology format? Let’s find out.
- Why Julia Roberts left ‘Homecoming’ season 1?
- What compels Julia Roberts to return on ‘Homecoming’ season 3?
- What role will Julia Roberts play in ‘Homecoming’ season 3?
- Release dates of ‘Homecoming’ Season 3
Why Julia Roberts left ‘Homecoming’ season 1?
Amazon gave a chance for us to see the megawatt Hollywood star, America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts on ‘Homecoming’ season 1. We saw her playing the role of a counsellor for the veterans of war, Heidi Bergman at the Homecoming Transitional Support Centre. Based on the podcast of the same name, ‘Homecoming’ tells the story of this sinister government facility which supposedly helps soldiers reintegrate into civilian life.
Season 1 alternates between two timelines—2018 when Heidi is working with a personable young veteran, Walter Cruz (Stephan James), and 2022 when Heidi is working as a waitress. When Thomas Carrasco (Shea Whigham) from the Department of Defence, investigating a complaint, asks Heidi about her work at the Homecoming facility, she realises she has no memory of it.
What compels Julia Roberts to return in ‘Homecoming’ season 3?
‘Homecoming’ Season 1 is, by all means, a solid, suspenseful, old fashioned thriller, and Julia Roberts was excellent in it. She is undimmed and still maintains the spark she is known for. And, of course, her megawatt smile that humanizes her character. She nailed scene after scene and made television her forte. But then, why did she choose to leave ‘Homecoming’ after season 1? And why is she returning for ‘Homecoming’ season 3?
Well, the answer is simpler than you think. She left ‘Homecoming’ to let Sam Esmail follow an anthology format in season 2, where the story of Heidi was unnecessary. The team decided to go with an anthology from season 2 because only then the story could have continued further. Julia’s character got her closure in season 1. Julia continues to be the producer of the ‘Homecoming’ series. At that time, she thought that she was parting for good.
But the plummeting viewership of ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 and, of course, the fans’ demand, has compelled her to wear the actor’s cap once again. News has it that Julia Roberts will return on ‘Homecoming’ season 3 to recreate the success season 1 received.
What role will Julia Roberts play in Homecoming season 3?
It is really difficult to predict at this moment how Julia will make her space in ‘Homecoming’ Season 3. She might return as Heidi once again but that will only serve as a cake to please the fans. There is not much left to say about Heidi unless some new mystery pops up in her life.
But that does not mean Julia doesn’t stand a chance and her appearance will only be an add-on. Of course, an actress of her calibre will not fetch a role just to flash her precious smile. If she returns on ‘Homecoming’ Season 3, it would be only for playing a rock-solid character. Since ‘Homecoming’ season 3 will be an anthology, we can expect her to play an entirely new character, in a completely new avatar. By any means, fans will recognize her from her famous smile.
Release dates of ‘Homecoming’ Season 3
‘Homecoming’ hasn’t received a green signal from Amazon yet but the show writers are ready with their ideas and Julia Roberts, of course. So we don’t have an official release date for ‘Homecoming’ Season 3 as of now. The show doesn’t follow a strict release pattern so it is hard to pinpoint a release date for ‘Homecoming’ season 3. We have no option but to wait for the official announcement from Amazon and the creators of the show.
Till then keep scratching your heads and create some fan theories on the third season of ‘Homecoming’. How do you think Julia Roberts will return on season 3? Pen down your ideas in the comments box below.