Well, everyone, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series just began airing all-new episodes from season 2, and let’s be honest: we’re pretty invested in the teen drama! If you’re not into it for the catchy original tunes throughout the season (have you even heard the adorable new duet between music’s newest superstar Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett?), It’s for all the shenanigans these high schoolers are engaging in.
Let’s do a recap on what’s happening with our fellow Wildcats. School is back for a brand-new semester, and Beauty and the Beast is the newest musical on schedule for the drama club. Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders) wants to enter her students into an elite musical theater competition… until she realizes she’s about to go up against her ex, who’s conveniently the new advisor for a rivaling theater club. Not to mention our dear Nini (Rodrigo) just got accepted to her dream drama program, leaving behind all she knows — including Ricky, who she just got back together with.
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TL: DR — there’s a lot of drama to unpack, and now that we’re done bingeing the entire season, we want more. So is a third season already in the works? Here’s what we know so far, and whether this is the start of something new (you’re welcome for the pun).
First things first. Has Disney + confirmed there will be a season 3?
Not exactly. We just got season 2 on our queues — we need to give the new episodes a little bit of time. But chances are, given how many people are deeply in love with the show (or maybe it’s the ongoing drama between Olivia and Joshua …), it won’t be long before the Disney + school bell rings for an all-new season.
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Well then, who’s expected to come back?
Honestly, that’s TBD. We all hope for a re-appearance by our fave East High students (at least for another semester), and the adults supervising them aren’t half bad either.
There is one thing we know for certain though: Don’t expect any drama to get in the way of the HSM: TM: TS cast making the TV show. In fact, creator / executive producer Tim Federle actually confirmed this in an interview with Decider, saying how after all the drama with “Driver’s License,” it didn’t affect Olivia and Josh being professionals on set.
“I did not feel the material impact anything other than everybody, including Josh, being exceptionally excited for Olivia with this crazy rocket ride,” he told the publication. Well, thank goodness for that — we need more Nini and Ricky in our lives, STAT.
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Do we know what we can expect from season 3?
Again, this is up for the writers of the show to determine. But we do know the show is not going to be following its film predecessor anymore, and instead go off on its own tangent. I mean, if they were going to use the blueprints set by the HSM films, it would’ve been obvious which play they would’ve done next. But nope — instead the characters are going their own way (so not sorry for this pun) and making voices for themselves outside of the hit Disney franchise.
“The characters are going on this journey of self discovery, figuring out the things that make them happy, and what they love and what their passions are,” HSM: TM: TS star Larry Saperstein told Decider about the Wildcats’ new journey. “They bring out the best in each other and see the best in each other, which is really important for where they’re at in their lives.”
Oh, and let’s not forget the relationships budding throughout season 2. Olivia Rodrigo teased to People some potential romance drama going down between certain characters, so maybe the third season will pick up with the aftermath of that? We can’t necessarily confirm if the drama is good or bad, but if Disney + greenlights another season, there’s sure to be more to come.
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