When primetime soap opera king Darren Star took off Emily in Paris in October 2020 this was not without controversy. Although the show was relatively harmless, it still caused a stir because the protagonist confronted all of Carrie Bradshaw with a country where she didn’t even speak the language. And the show, which is largely insubstantial, landed Golden Globe nominations while deserving the more i can destroy you was left out in the cold.
It turns out that criticism was valid, but Emily (Lily Collins) at least tried to learn some French. She’s now in the middle of her career and her second season ended on a cliffhanger, on both the personal and professional fronts. Admittedly, those stakes aren’t huge here, but the show nonetheless keeps us captivating and a sugar cookie confection of escapist delight. Apparently Peyton Manning is into it too, and it’s best not to think about it too much. As such, this show ended with quick Netflix refreshes, and we’re now moving into Season 3, which will arrive on December 21st with a whole host of returning cast members.
Let’s give a quick overview of where the main players stand.
– Emily’s love life: The love life of our protagonist is surprisingly complicated. She left that Chicago boyfriend a long time ago and fell in love with Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) and his frying pan. They danced around their apparent mutual attraction, and Gabriel’s long-suffering, almost willfully blind friend Camille (Camille Rabat) freaked out over this massive skillet discovery. Those two ended up on the rocks, and then Emily ended up in a loose thing with ^^ Alfie (Lucien Laviscount) ^^ that turned out to be a little more than loose. However, Emily and Gabriel previously fell into bed together, but then that Cad got back together with Camille, and that’s how the second season ended. However, there’s plenty of Alfie in Season 3, so maybe the love quartet will continue. Theatre!
– Gabriel remained both cook and hot: It’s impossible to understand why Gabriel is so poorly written, but the man can cook, so that’s it. He’s saved Emily’s butt on a professional level, and it’s clear the show aims to bring these two together at some point, but Camille remains a pushover, so they’re keeping her around. Meanwhile, Gabriel’s ambition means he needs a real marketing machine at his side to make his dreams come true. So expect him to be in Emily’s life while still smoldering and pretending this is all for work, which is about 15% true. We know better.
– Office riots abound: By the end of Season 2, it seemed like Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Miranda Priestly/Anna Winter-esque boss) was leaving Savoir, and it really begs the question if Emily is and/or will be staying with the company Paris or back to the United States. We can guess she’s staying in Europe because nobody wants to watch Emily in Chicago. Luc (Bruno Gouery) and Julien (Samuel Arnold) continue to be loudmouths, and no one knows if they’ll stick with Sylvie or (for whatever reason) stick with Savoir. In the meantime, expect a return from Madeline Wheeler (Kate Walsh), which is supposed to be Madeleine in Paris before she got pregnant.
Meanwhile, Mindy (Ashley Park, pictured left in the photo at the top of this post) keeps doing the lounge singer thing, and she’s more entertaining and talented than this show will ever allow her to. Expect this next season to be as light and breezy as its predecessors, and there will also be a fourth season. In other words, Emily will bring ridiculous fashion vibes to the world while earning a billion Instagram likes without any effort. Put on berets and baguettes, but never take this show seriously.