Season 1 began with a flashback to Mary Magdalene’s childhood. Season 2 began with a flash-forward to writing the Gospel of John. And now we know how season 3 of The chosen one – the popular streaming series about Jesus and his disciples – will begin.
Series creator Dallas Jenkins released a short video yesterday in which he revealed that the next season will begin with a glimpse into Matthew’s life as a tax collector, a few years before the main action of the series does not take place.
Jenkins said he and his co-writers had two reasons for writing this scene: First, they wanted to “connect Matthew to what Jesus was preaching at the Sermon on the Mount,” which was the big climactic event at the end of the season. 2; and two, they wanted to remind the viewer Why some of the other disciples are still hostile to Matthew.
You can watch this video here:
Interestingly, Jenkins says the season almost began with a scene focusing on an entirely different character, namely Joanna, a disciple and patroness of Jesus who happened to be married to “the steward of Herod’s household” (Luke 8:3). Joanna was also one of the women who discovered the angels at the empty tomb (Luke 24:1-10).
Given the tensions between Jesus and Herod Antipas – tensions particularly pronounced in the Gospel of Luke – the fact that one of Jesus’ closest disciples had close ties to Herod’s palace is more than a little intriguing, and seems like the sort of thing that would be ripe for drama, but very few movies have explored that connection.
(The only two I know of are kill jesus and AD The Bible Continues — both of which came out within weeks of each other in early 2015 — and only one of those shows actually takes place during Jesus’ ministry. I wrote about this at the time.)
Incidentally, when I interviewed Jenkins in December 2019, shortly after the release of the second half of Season 1, I asked if we would see Joanna and any of the other female followers of Jesus in future seasons, and he said “we’re absolutely going to feature Joanna and the other Marys. So it’s good to have confirmation of that here.
As for Season 3 as a whole, Jenkins announced in a livestream on January 23 that the season will start filming on April 18 or 25, and will hopefully release in the fall; the producers have yet to determine the release model, but they hope to release the entire season before Christmas, and they might even show an episode or two in theaters, as they did last year for Christmas with the elect: the messengers.
You can watch this livestream here; Jenkins starts talking about plans for Season 3 around 18 minutes: