Viva Las Vegas! If there was ever a more perfect fit for the world of GLOW, it's Sin City. But ’80s-style Vegas is not the Vegas of today, and a Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling residency is way different than Lady Gaga's. Actually, one look at the fictional Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino and it's more Happiness Hotel from The Great Muppet Caper than the Bellagio.
When Netflix premieres season three of the Emmy-nominated series today, August 9, the location might be different, but the characters are the same, trying to find their place in work and in life. There's also the arrival of Oscar winner Geena Davis, who joins the cast as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, a former showgirl turned entertainment director of the hotel. But even with Sandy's zest for the dramatic, Ruth's passion for the show slowly starts to dim, while Debbie is racked with the guilt of not being there for her son.
There's so much to unpack in the season three trailer. Take a look:
Here's everything we know about GLOW season three:
Ruth may have unresolved feelings for Sam. A sexy gold dress? A hot tub moment? What is this, The Bachelor? At one point Sam asks Ruth what she wants and she says, "I don't want to ruin what we have." She's also clearly not telling him the truth about how she actually feels about Las Vegas. I mean, he says he was wrong about her hating Vegas, but does she really feel that way? And let's not forget what she told Debbie: that she has a job and a boyfriend (Russell) but still feels lost.
Geena Davis plays a major role in season three. Davis is in five of the 10 episodes, and she's giving off full Renata Klein vibes. As entertainment director of the hotel, she tells the ladies she wants to extend their contract through the end of the year…but they don't exactly seemed thrilled with that idea.
Tamme/Welfare Queen is in trouble. Yikes. The veteran wrestler and mama bear of the group hurts herself (in the ring?) and turns to pills to get through the pain. This can't end well.
Ruth as Liberty Belle? This is Vegas after all, and in one brief moment in the trailer, we see Ruth dressed as Debbie's alter ego. Kinda makes you wonder if we'll see Debbie as Zoya, and if any of the other characters follow suit. (Who else noticed Sheila not in full Sheila the She-Wolf costume?)
Life as newlyweds is complicated for Bash and Rhonda. They got married in the finale, and we'll continue to see them together in their show within a show. But what's really going on? The trailer shows them making out, but we all know Bash is harboring a secret. Even Carmen says to Rhonda, "You're happy, right?" which usually means one thing: nope. On the positive side of things, Bash says business is going well, and the show is sold out for two weeks.
At least Arthie and Yolanda seem happy. The two struck up an attraction toward the end of last season, and it appears they're picking up right where they left off. Anyone else catch that passionate kiss?
No surprise here: Season three picks up shortly after the season-two finale. Betty Gilpin tells Glamour that the first episode of season three begins a few weeks after season two concluded, with the ladies on a bus to Las Vegas. "It's the perfect city for these outrageous people, these circus Muppets to be in," she says.
Ruth and Russell's relationship won't be smooth sailing. Forget Sam for a moment, and let's focus on just Ruth and Russell. She and her cameraman boyfriend started dating at the end of season two, but now that the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is a live show and not televised, Russell technically won't need to make the move to Vegas. "How does one deal with that long-distance, even when it's only a few hours of distance?" producer and writer Sascha Rothchild asks. "When anyone moves to another city for a little while, there's going to be pros and cons to any relationship."
Each character will get their chance to shine. Although Ruth, Debbie, and Sam get the most airtime, GLOW at its core is an ensemble show with plenty of fascinating personalities. Rothchild tells Glamour that season three will devote more time to supporting characters: "Vegas plays on all of them in a way we're not expecting, so they shine in different ways. We [wanted] to give every character her due."
Carmen's move to Vegas is like a crash course in going off to college. Our beloved Carmen ("Machu Picchu") has led somewhat of a sheltered life (growing up in an all-wrestling family with a bunch of protective brothers will do that to you), which is why Vegas will bring out a different side to her. "She very much leans into the Vegas lifestyle, which is so against her character," Britney Young says. "She is partying, going out with the girls, and thinking she is having a good time. But as the season goes on, she starts to realize that just because she is in Vegas doesn't mean she needs to change herself or stop giving her passion of wrestling 100% of her focus. Its an interesting switch we see her go through."
Sam's daughter, Justine, isn't just the teenage girl with a crush on the pizza boy anymore. "You'll see her in a new light," Britt Baron says. "In the first two seasons she was that kid that's shy and awkward and going through puberty. In season three she comes into her own. She's a young, strong, independent woman who's an amazing role model…. I'm really proud of this story arc in season three."
Will the real Mel-Rose please stand up? Jackie Tohn, who plays the characters, says we'll learn a lot more about who Mel-Rose is this season, including "where she's coming from and why she covers up everything with jokes": "We're in Vegas, and it's Vegas-y as hell, ’80s Vegas. And there's that thing for Mel-Rose where she was always kind of Vegas, and then she gets to Vegas and is like, 'Why are all these people acting like me? I thought that was my thing.'"
GLOW season three is now streaming on Netflix.
Originally Appeared on Glamour