There’s going to be a lot of new faces appearing in Season 3 of Showtime’s “The Affair.” Along with the returning main stars, the show added a slew of new characters including a love interest for Noah and Whitney Solloway.
The new episodes pick up three years after Noah Solloway (Dominic West) was convicted of murdering Scotty Lockhart (Colin Donnell), although he didn’t commit the crime. Noah has served his time in prison, and is trying to get his life back. He’s no longer with Alison (Ruth Wilson) and is teaching at a local University.
To help Noah come to terms with his past is a character named Juliette Le Gall (Irene Jacob). Based on a trailer for the new season, it appears that Noah and Juliette meet at the new school he’s teaching at. According to Variety, Juliette is also hiding a few dark secrets about her past.
Another new character fans will meet in Season 3 is Furkat, a Brooklyn-based photographer, played by “Desperate Housewives” alum Jonathan Cake. Furkat will be Whitney’s (Julia Goldani Telles) boss, but also becomes her new beau. TV Line described Furkat as someone “whose brashness is polarizing.”
In Season 3, Noah will also cross paths with newbie Mike Cornwall (Guy Burnet), a graduate student presumably at the University Noah is teaching at. Mike is described as a campus flirt. Given how Noah hasn’t always been faithful in the past, we have a feeling that him linking up with Mike can’t be a good thing.
The last new character announced to appear in Season 3 is a security guard named Gunther, played by Brendan Fraser. TV Guide previously reported that Gunther causes Noah some post-traumatic stress disorder, and once Noah is released from prison, he’s worried Gunther may be stalking him.
In an interview with TV Guide Thursday, creator Sarah Treem teased that the new season is going to focus on the characters trying to pick up the pieces following Noah’s conviction. “Season 3 is basically about the characters taking stock of what’s happened and figuring out how they themselves are accountable,” she said. “I personally think that it’s a pretty redemptive season, but I have a dark aesthetic. It’s definitely not going to be sunshine and rainbows, but its redemptive for ‘The Affair.’”
She added: “The fallout of Noah’s confession is a central engine for Season 3, for sure, in different extents for different characters. It’s a major part of Noah and Helen’s storyline. It’s a little bit of a less intense part of Alison’s storyline.”
“The Affair” Season 3 premieres Sunday, Nov. 20, at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime.