Snowpiercer season 3: Showrunner confirms time-jump in next series in hunt for Melanie

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In the last moments of the season two finale of Snowpiercer, viewers found out that Melanie Cavill (played by Jennifer Connelly) was supposedly dead. If the news had come at the end of season one, when she was seemingly the villain of the story, controlling the train, faking Wilford’s (Sean Bean) leadership and keeping the Taillies in poverty, fans would have undoubtedly rejoiced. But as her character evolved last season, TNT and Netflix viewers are worried about what the show will be like without her. 

As the season two premiere brought the real Wilford to the screen, he firmly took up the mantle of villain. 

Melanie, now dethroned, teamed up with an initially reluctant Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) to fight back Wilford. 

But after a brief expedition outside the train, Melanie developed a theory that the Earth is actually warming up after the Freeze that caused a few thousand survivors to board the Snowpiercer. 

Motivated by the reunion with her long-lost daughter Alex (Rowan Blanchard), Melanie decided to embark on a suicide mission to an old research station to collect data on the changing temperatures. 

In episode nine of the two-part finale, Wilford announces his intentions to not have the train return for Melanie. 

However, engineers Bennet (Iddo Goldberg) and Javi (Roberto Urbina) conspire to get the train to the agreed meeting point.

They manage to get in contact with Melanie over the radio and have the plan go forward as discussed and as Melanie trudges through the snow, she sees Snowpiercer approaching. 

But at the last minute, Wilford interferes with the engine controls and causes a fire to break out on the tracks and the train speeds past Melanie.

In the last episode, Layton devises a new plan that will allow him to retrieve Melanie. 

He plans to extract a “10-car pirate train” from the weak point between Snowpiercer and Big Alice and drive that to Melanie’s research station. 

There, however, Melanie is nowhere to be found and they assume she died.

She left a note though alongside the date, which proves her theory and would ultimately allow everyone to be freed from Wilford. 

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Many fans though believe that Melanie isn’t actually dead.

It wouldn’t be the first time they made viewers believe a major character died since, in season two, Josie (Katie McGuinness) was also presumed dead until she made a surprising return. 

Speaking about what to expect when the show will return for season three, series showrunner Becky Clements teased that it might not pick up where it left off: “Everyone is trying to find their place in their new world. 

“There’ll be a bit of a time jump in season three—not significant, but enough to really show the audience, in an efficient and interesting way, what the new world order looks like.”

Could the time jump involve the world warming up and Melanie’s survival?

Clements also added: “It’s a lot of fun in season three, how we have new alliances and new foes. It’s been fun to watch the scene work, putting new people together.”

At the end of season two, Wilford lost most of his allies except for his paramour Miss Audrey (Lena Hall)

Who will betray Layton and join Wilford in his plan to keep the Snowpiercer travelling around the world?

Snowpiercer aired on TNT in the US and is available to watch on Netflix in the UK.

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