Foundation is a science fiction TV series produced for Apple TV+. It is loosely based on Isaac Asimov's award-winning book series of the same name.
The show is set in a distant future where humans have colonised the galaxy and established a vast civilisation known as the Galactic Empire.
The story follows a group of exiles on their epic journey to save humanity after a prophecy predicts the imminent collapse of the empire.
Released in September 2021, Foundation was created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. It stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Leah Harvey and Lou Llobell.
With stunning visuals, a gripping storyline, and excellent performances from the cast, Apple quickly renewed the show for a second season.
That began airing in July 2023 and while there was no ‘official' announcement, at the time, we knew that Foundation season 3 was in the pipeline.
So now that we know we're getting another instalment, when can we expect to see Foundation season 3 on Apple TV+?
Foundation 3 Release Date
We have good news. Foundation season 3 has officially been green lit.
Not only that but it looks like filming for the new episodes has also nearly been completed.
It was originally scheduled to finish on October 26, 2023, but then it was halted on July 14, 2023, due to the 2023 Writers and Actors strikes in the US.
We also know that it takes roughly a year from the end of filming for the show to make its way to our screens.
So the release date for season 3 will depend entirely on when filming and post-production has ended.
And as always, as soon as we know, you'll know!
Foundation Season 1 Recap
Before we delve into what's in store for season 3, let's take a little look at season 1.
400 years ago, the ruling Emperor Cleon decided that he was the only person fit lead the Galactic Empire. So from then on, identical DNA clones of him would go on to rule.
At any given stage there are three. The oldest is Brother Dusk, the middle Cleon is Brother Day (Lee Pace, Halt and Catch Fire) and the youngest is Brother Dawn. As each dusk ages and dies, the others move up the pecking order and another baby Cleon is born.
However, when a mathematician named Hari Seldon (Jared Harris, Chernobyl) predicts the imminent collapse of the empire group, Cleon allows him and his followers to create a foundation of all knowledge.
But to do so they must head to the furthest planet in the galaxy. So the exiles led by Dr. Hari Seldon attempting to save humanity away from the corrupt remnants of the previous empire.
Throughout the season, Foundation follows both Seldon's followers and Brother Day as their objectives grow further and further apart.
A war is coming and Cleon will do anything to stay in power.
Foundation Season 2 Recap
In Foundation's second season, Hari Seldon's consciousness tries to escape from the Prime Radiant.
As a plot to destabilise the empire takes shape, Brother Day survives an assassination attempt, becoming suspicious of his counterparts, Brothers Dawn and Dusk.
Meanwhile, Gaal and Salvor work to activate the Beggar ship on Synnax. Hari, Gaal, and Salvor's adventures lead them to an ocean planet and later to a desert world, where Hari's consciousness transfers to an organic body.
Concurrently, political machinations between the Empire and the Cloud Dominion, represented by Queen Sareth, intensify, with tensions escalating after revelations about past assassination attempts.
The plot thickens as Gaal, Salvor, and Hari travel to Ignis. There, they meet a group of telepaths led by Tellem Bond. She knows about their plans for a Second Foundation and seems opposed to them.
As Hari's past gets unravelled, back on Trantor, Sareth confronts Brother Day over his family's murder, setting off a chain of events that endanger the Foundation and the empire's stability.
Flashbacks reveal Demerzel's entrapment by Cleon, her eventual release, and the modifications done to her, ensuring her loyalty to the empire.
As Foundation and Empire come to a head, Brother Day descends on Terminus, and a confrontation ensues.
Brother Day's growing desperation as his decisions become more erratic and destructive. This leads to an intense battle between the Foundation and the Empire.
Foundation Season 3 What Will Happen?
Let's be honest here, there are tonnes of directions that the Foundation season 3 could go in. It all depends on how closely the showrunners and writers stick to the original books.
The series could further delve into the challenges faced by the Foundation as it tries to minimise the period of chaos forecasted by Hari Seldon's psychohistory.
Brother Day is undoubtedly going to try to reclaim their lost power and stature from his crumbling Empire.
And as the Foundation's influence grows, there might be new interactions and alliances with outer planets. These alliances could play a pivotal role in the Foundation's efforts to build a new galactic order.
If the series follows the novels closely, there might be the introduction of the Mule, a character who significantly disrupts the Seldon Plan due to his unique abilities.
Basically, we are going to have to wait until we at least get a trailer to figure out what will happen!
Where Is Foundation Filmed?
Foundation was filmed in multiple locations around the world, including Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the deserts of Malta, the snow fields of Iceland, studios in Ireland, and even Berlin.
Some specific filming locations for the series include Troy Studios in Castletroy, County Limerick, Ireland, and Fort Manoel in Gżira, Malta.
The show also used facilities at Malta Film Studios and The National Technology Park in Castletroy, Ireland.
Specifically, the library scenes were filmed in The Long Room and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Who Wrote Foundation?
Foundation was created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman for Apple TV+ and is loosely based on the series of stories by Isaac Asimov.
He first published them as a series of short stories and novellas in 1942–50, turning them into a trilogy series a few years later. Foundation; Foundation and Empire; and Second Foundation stood on their own for nearly 30 years until Asimov later added new volumes.
There are two sequels: Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation.
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