‘Sweet Magnolias’ Season 3 review: A powerful, impactful, and surprising outing.

of Netflix Sweet Magnolias Follow the citizens of the small town of Serenity, South Carolina, as they face the hardships and blessings that come from living in a close-knit community. After two seasons, the life of the sweet Magnolias is greatly changed by their exploration around the city. Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher(Justin Bruening). After deciding to move forward with plans to have children, Helen (Heather Headley) called things closed with a long love, in and out again Ryan (Michael Shenefelt) before finally living with Erik (Dion Johnstone), who is ready to support her as she vies for motherhood through IVF treatment. Meanwhile, Dana Sue (S.Brooke Elliott) finally decided to give Ronnie her husband (Brandon Quinn) for the second time, but this time they are working with Pastor June (Tracey Bonner) for a new start on both sides.


Sweet Magnolias Season 2 leaves off on two big cliffhangers. The first is a confrontation at Sullivan’s, where Cal – trying to protect Maddie – punches a man in the face for overstepping the boundaries and creating a scene. This ended with him being handcuffed and kicked out of the restaurant by the police. The second is the appearance of a mysterious unnamed blonde, who has an interesting relationship with Annie (Judge Anneliese) where she disparages Dana Sue. Later, a video of the woman tricking Sullivan’s van goes around, causing the trio of Sweet Magnolias to pause about this familiar face from returning to town. The last one is Ryan – who returns to town after the death of his aunt, Miss Frances (Cindy Karr), finally ready to have a baby – offered to Helen on the procedure of the Corner Spa. Oh, and Frances left Dana Sue a big check when she died. Why, and for what? That’s just one of the many things the characters are dealing with in this fantastic new season.

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‘Sweet Magnolias’ season 3 is a masterclass in character (and relationship) development

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After watching all of the Sweet Magnolias Season 3, I’m all happy. For those, like me, who weren’t the biggest fans of season 2 – it was good, but nowhere near the first – the new season is a step up and almost Equal to the first season. In fact, it is better in many ways. Also, it’s very clear how the events of the second season were necessary to build into the story we see developing here, which is a beautiful journey to witness. This is a season full of delicious character-driven drama, and it almost takes each of our beloved characters on a path full of major, serious, and anxiety-filled 10 episodes. Their lives have been upturned by unnecessary forces in their control, so now the character must look hard in the mirror to not only figure out what they want in the future, but who they want to be. Adults or teenagers, it’s a path that everyone is on, which leads to unexpected and rewarding places. That said, the journey there is more difficult, as well, putting different pressures on the characters than we’ve seen before.

Of course, in order to make a thorough examination, the characters also consider their relationship very seriously. Cal and Maddie, after he struggled with his anger throughout last season, decide to take a break from their romance to focus on their friendship, hoping to strengthen their bond as they become more successful with themselves. Helen is in a pickle, caught between the two men in her life. While I won’t lose her choice, it was a necessary decision for Helen to make as she had to face the reality that her future might not be what she had envisioned for herself. Dana Sue and Ronnie are still on the road to repairing things, and the mysterious new woman complicates things in unexpected ways, but the series does not lose its importance to the important things, as Ronnie starts to have as much a voice as Dana Sue in their relationship. The emphasis is on how they work Together To move forward in their relationship and life. It’s an amazing point about growth, evolution, new beginnings, and second chances—one that most TV shows can’t pull off.

In addition to these important romances for Sweet Magnolias, season 3 also delves into other relationships – both familiar and unfamiliar. Annie and Ty (Carson Rowland) are both on separate paths as they prepare for adulthood, but where their lives overlap are some of the season’s most heartfelt moments. Maddie develops a fun new friendship with Pastor June that helps us explore this little-known character even more, while also helping Maddie tremendously in her mission to grow. CeCe (Harlan Drum) returned to the show after her breakup with Ty, and her relationship with Helen became another cute one. There was some development between CeCe and Annie, too, which was another surprising aspect of the season that was unpredictable but worked incredibly well. (Seriously, if you’d told me I wanted CeCe so much before, I wouldn’t have believed you.) In short, Sweet Magnolias Season 3 knows what’s important and what people are watching, giving nearly every character a chance to develop in some significant way.

‘Sweet Magnolias Season 3 has a rough start, but there are bright spots

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While season 3 got off to a bit of a rocky start, I have to say that episode 3, “The Searchers,” was my favorite episode of the series. The town gathers for an urban scavenger hunt called the “Forager Festival”, which brings out the other side of the relationship between the sweet Magnolias. Each team must have three people, and the sweet Magnolias are No in the same team. The episode is fun, exciting, and, once again, puts old and new relationships in the spotlight. It perfectly captures the love of these small town shows, e.g. Gilmore GirlsThat fans can not get enough of.

In fact, the most difficult aspect Sweet Magnolias Season 3 will be behind a mysterious newcomer, Kathy (Wynn Everett), and — to no one’s surprise — Bill (Chris Klein). The former feels like a cheap attempt at drama, producing very little necessary development for the characters to help them on their journey. Meanwhile, Bill felt useless as a main character in Season 2. He had no real role in the lives of his five children, which was only a burden as the show was forced to include him in several episodes throughout the season due to his series regular status.

‘Sweet Magnolias’ season 3 should not be the last show

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Overall, Season 3 was well written and a lot of fun. While fans may not be the biggest fans of the direction of the story for some of these characters, it was worth the journey at the end of the season. We see different sides of the friendship between the sweet Magnolias, which are both difficult and fascinating to see in life and expand the friendship between these women. The series takes a deep look at how relationships develop and actually fall apart or become stronger as individuals change. at the end of the day, Sweet Magnolias Proving itself as one of the best shows on stream/television with a powerful, impactful and emotional third season.

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 definitely doesn’t close the Serenity books or these beloved characters – not really. There are many stories to tell, including developments from this season with excellent potential for the future. After so much growth for the characters, it’s a shame not to see how their lives progress after their evaluation of what’s important and how their lives should move forward. Should Netflix vaguely decide to call it quits, however, the ending is sweet and satisfying enough that the journey is still worth it.

score: A-

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.

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