Gentleman Jack Season 3 Updates: Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) is clearly bent on making an entry from the first beat of Gentleman Jack Season 2. She turns to address the camera directly (in what will become the first of several fourthwall breaks that the show cheekily likes to employ) and greets us as if we were returning to an old friend in the middle of her decisive strides across a dirt road, cane in hand and top hat perched jauntily on her head: “That’s it. Good.” It’s as if we’d never been apart from her before.
About Gentleman Jack Season 3
The first season of HBO’s Gentleman Jack has been on the air for three years. To refresh your memory, the 1830sset British historical drama — based on Lister’s reallife diaries — ended off with Miss Lister and her paramour Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) exchanging intimate vows to one other in church, in what is basically an unofficial marriage ceremony.
With such a lovely conclusion and such a long wait, fans may have become accustomed to the Season 1 finale as a permanent conclusion. Season 2 rapidly demonstrates, however, that Miss Lister and Miss Walker’s romance is a fascinating topic about which we have just scratched the surface.
Miss Lister prepares for Miss Walker to move into Shibden Hall weeks after the wedding, following a period in which Miss Walker finally received the mental health treatment she required following her suicide attempt last season. Miss Walker’s family, who object to what they regard as a “unnatural” relationship, are more concerned about Miss Walker’s money.
Gentleman Jack thrives in all the messy subtleties of romance, and what happens when two people who haven’t worked through all of their underlying issues (or perhaps dealt with every single ghost from their past) opt to embark on something new and, by extension, terrifying for them both. Rundle’s Ann Walker is even more confident in her own views this time around, while she remains a contemplative counterpoint to her new partner’s extroverted personality, the soft energy that contrasts Anne’s vibrant presence on-screen.
Despite her family’s worries that Anne Lister is thinking for her or making decisions for her, sequences in which the two women furiously butt heads couldn’t be clearer, with Ann not just willing to express her own beliefs but also freely disagreeing with Anne if she feels the need to. That’s not to say the two of them aren’t on the verge of breaking up, far from it, but Season 2 shows that these ladies still need to talk to one another, particularly about family, a topic on which they may not totally agree.