Big Sky has proven time and time again that it’s exceptionally good at cliffhangers.
There were plenty of solid ones during Big Sky Season 1, and only four episodes into the second season, and it continues to be the most compelling mystery on television.
One thing is clear — Jenny and Cassie make a hell of a team. Even when they aren’t working together, they manage to crack the case and make more progress than the whole police force.
When Tonya walked in through those doors, she immediately pointed the finger at Harvey. While we know Harvey isn’t the one that kidnapped her, he’s not entirely blameless either considering he is working for the cartel and involved in the kidnapping of a child.
Ren’s whole plan was to incriminate Harvey and then take him out before he could tell the cops anything, but what she underestimated just how good Cassie and Jenny are at their jobs.
They’re perceptive as hell. Ren put on her best act to get them off her scent, but they both found the coincidence of the “new woman” too good to be true.
They can’t be fooled.
Ren also didn’t anticipate that the group of kids would once again thwart their plans.
When Ren showed up, the whole place was crawling with potential witnesses.
And Cassie and Jenny are right there, too, albeit, dodging quite a handful of bullets.
Donno really took it to heart that no one is allowed to make it down that road.
It’s unclear how this is all going to unfold, but let’s just say that Harvey didn’t anticipate all these visitors when he kidnapped poor Bridger.
You have to hand it to the teens for holding their own against two drug syndicates. This is a whole drug war, and the people messing everything up are a couple of teens that were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s impressive.
At this point, Ren is also not really playing it safe. She’s crossed paths with every single person, so if they really wanted to, they could connect the dots and place her as the leader of the cartel.
She’s not exactly lying low and remaining incognito.
To top it off, Trevor would be able to confirm her involvement. The perks of remaining undercover, I guess.
This is definitely one of the more exciting mysteries that Cassie and Jenny have stumbled upon. And why is it that they always have to go against the grain and fight Tubb on what to do?
After everything that went down with Ronald, he should trust their judgment. He wanted Jenny back on the force only to continuously ignore her gut instinct and tell her to follow protocol. Why would he hire her if he knows that isn’t her thing?
Admittedly, they are being fooled by Tonya, so Tubb is technically right in not making any accusations without all the facts, but Harvey is still dirty. Would it kill him to at least investigate the claims without raising any flags?
The latest mystery makes the whole Ronald Pergman storyline less interesting.
Jerrie and Lindor are continuing to pursue leads, but I wonder if the cabin they checked out was the actual place where Ronald is being held by Wolf.
What if they actually found him and simply missed him?
Why else would this cabin be so important? And there was so much emphasis on the cereal!
Jerrie was made aware of Wolf Legarski, so you would think that would be one of the first places they’d check out.
Personally, I’m not really invested in the Wolf storyline. He’s trying to avenge the Legarski name by rehabilitating Ronald? Why? It doesn’t seem believable in the slightest.
Jerrie and Lindor have gotten close, but I hope that the kiss was just a friendly “thank you” on her part. He’s been there for her, he’s looked out for her, and he’s been a good friend.
Let’s keep it at that.
It would be pretty shady of her if she moved in on Lindor considering she knows how he feels about Cassie. We all know Cassie likes Lindor too but due to her past trauma, she’s taking it slow.
How do you think this will all unfold? Will they make some big breakthrough on Ronald?
Will Cassie and Jenny crack the case of the missing drugs and drug money?
Big Sky: Deadly Trails Season 3 Premiere Review – Do You Love an Apple
Big Sky: Deadly Trails is entering a new era and living up to its new name!
After dealing with two murderous truckers and a drug syndicate, Helena finally got a break for a few months before danger crept back into town disguised as a glamping experience of all things.
Sunny Day Excursions, run by Sunny Barnes and her husband, Buck, seems like a fun nature escape, but what’s lurking in the shadows, er, trails, is much more sinister.
The episode kicked off with a death on Deadman’s Drop. The curious hiker, Mark Woodman, was ambushed by a hunter, who lured him in with a cassette player. While Mark initially managed to get away, when he reached the top of the cliff, he heard the same song playing, and when he turned around, Walter was standing right behind him. As fear washed over him, he backed away slowly and fell to his death.
Mark’s disappearance hit the desk of Dewell and Hoyt, and they immediately jumped on the case. Cassie visited Sunny Day because has a personal relationship with Sunny Barnes, which is what threw everything for a loop. Cassie has a good feel for people, so if she thinks that Sunny is a great person, the kind of person she’d trust to go camping with her son, I’m inclined to believe her.
Except that Sunny is hiding a very dark secret. After all of her glamping guests went to sleep, she threw the missing person’s poster into the fire, made some smores, and walked into the woods while singing the exact song that is played on the cassette player. She then called out to the man, Walter, who is revealed to be her son. I’m not entirely shocked since that was my guess from the very beginning, but when they introduced Cormac, I figured maybe I was wrong in my assumption. Now, I’m just bummed that Sunny’s friendly tour guide act is a total fake.
It’s unclear why her son is a man of the woods, but we’ll just peel back the layers as the season progresses. Is he responsible for the murders and the hushed-up missing glampers? Or is he a witness to the killings? How is Walter involved?
It’ll be quite a shock to Cassie once she realizes that Sunny isn’t the woman she thought she was.
The campers are all in danger, particularly Emily, who arrived with her stepdad Avery. Initially, they seem like just another random group of glampers, but by the end, the connection between Emily and Beau is made apparent. He’s concerned about his daughter and jealous that she spends so much time with her stepdad, Avery, who Beau hates and has on his punch list.
This also explains why Beau’s ex-wife, Carla, was brought up so many times. We haven’t met her yet, and she didn’t come glamping with Avery and Emily because of work, but I’m sure that she’ll show up eventually. Will Avery and Emily’s dangerous glamping trip bring her to Montana and reconnect her with Beau? And will she really hate Jenny as Beau said?
Sunny’s business and overall plan, however shady it may be, is in danger now that both Beau and Cassie are somehow involved. They won’t stop until they get to the truth.
While it’s not entirely clear if Sunny’s husband and son, Cormac, know what she’s really up to, my guess is that they have to be aware. Buck questioned why Cassie visited them before the guest’s arrived, and he seemed worried that maybe the whole operation was going to unravel before it even began.
The mystery of Sunny Day excursions and the hiking trails was only just beginning as Beau and Jenny Hoyt tackled another case involving a nearly-naked man that flagged them down on the side of the road. The man, a cop, was seduced by a prisoner named Faith, who then robbed a small store at gunpoint and took the manager, Bill, as a hostage. Beau or Jenny couldn’t figure out why someone who just wanted cash would take a hostage, and when they checked out the manager’s house, his body dropped right onto the hood of their car.
Jenny threw caution to the wind and ran up to check the apartment without backup (Beau should expect this behavior from her at this point), and figured out that the case may involve a child. When they tracked down Faith, sure enough, she risked everything for a little girl that she helped raise like a daughter. The scene that unfolded was heartbreaking as Maddie ran into her mother’s arms to save her from the guns that Beau and Jenny pointed at her. Eventually, Faith surrendered, and they allowed her to say goodbye to her daughter one last time before she was locked up for good.
This was definitely a one-off case that didn’t tie into the overall mystery of the season, but it was necessary to help us get a deeper understanding of Beau and Jenny’s partnership. They work well together, even if they’re roasting each other half the time.
These two may still be figuring each other out, but Beau and Cassie are the kind of BFFS that have movie nights together. If you’re thinking they are probably more than friends, well, so did Jenny, and Beau shot that right down. He’s clearly still hung up on his ex, while Cassie is getting over a breakup with Lindor. Honestly, I hate that. I know the series wasn’t able to get Lindor back this season because of a scheduling conflict, but I don’t buy the “we’re better as friends” and “he and Jeri are a great match” excuses at all. He was such a promising love interest for Cassie, so it hurts. However, there was definitely some sexual tension between her and Cormac, and I’m not opposed to giving him a shot, as long as he’s not involved in any shady business with his mom and man of the woods brother.
Cassie also purchased the ranch that was previously owned by the Bashrani cartel, and she managed to get it at a good price by playing Tonya at her own game. Tonya truly got off easy considering everything she did. She’s only a “legitimate business owner” because she worked her way up to acquiring land and property by working for a gang. Therefore, there’s nothing legitimate about it. I hope that at some point, Cassie and Jenny destroy her and Donno once and for all. Much like Ronald last season, these two are the lingering characters that keep the series grounded for longtime viewers, but it also means that their storyline isn’t over. Why did they stick around when the cartel operations clearly folded?
What did you think of the Big Sky: Deadly Trails Season 3 premiere? Have all your glamping dreams fizzled out? Maybe Luke was onto something when he complained that they weren’t at an all-inclusive 5-star hotel.
Everything We Know About ‘Big Sky’ Season 3
ABC’s Big Sky was a breakout hit when it first premiered in 2020, but since then, it’s become a fan-favorite drama as we follow the brilliant detective work and crime solving of Jenny Hoyt (Katherine Winnick) and Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury).
The serial has found success with its mystery-of-the-season format. It’s not entirely a procedural, but adding a new case each season allows the series to capitalize on the familiarity of old characters while enticing fans with brand-new cases and a rotating cast of players that bring mischief and chaos to the otherwise picturesque town.
Season 3, specifically, is getting quite an upgrade with some heavy Hollywood hitters!
And as the premiere date inches closer, we’re breaking down everything there is to know about Big Sky Season 3.
What Will the Show Be Titled?
Big Sky is being dubbed Big Sky: Deadly Trails to reflect the season’s theme!
Who Will Appear on Big Sky Season 3?
The season will see the regular cast return.
- Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, an ex-cop turned deputy detective
- Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, the private detective running the show at Dewell & Hoyt investigation agency
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, an employee of D&H that provides comedic relief mostly
- Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, an employee of D&H and Ronald Pergman’s previous victim
- Omar Metwally as Mark Lindor, a deputy marshal and Cassie’s significant other
- J. Anthony Pena as Deputy Poppernak, Jenny’s partner in the sheriff’s office who also serves as the right-hand/comedic relief. He was upped to series regular this season
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya, a local waitress-turned-crime associate (and Ren’s right-hand woman) who has been upped to series regular this season
- Logan Marshall-Green as Travis Stone, Jenny’s on-again-off-again working undercover to avenge his former lover
- Janina Gavankar as Ren Bhullar, the daughter of a drug lord who is expanding business into Montana. Her storyline wrapped up but it’s possible she’ll be around considering Jamie-Lynn Sigler was upper to series regular for the season
- Anja Savcic as Scarlet Leyendecker, Ronald Pergman’s girlfriend who did the right thing by giving Phoebe over. Her storyline felt wrapped up, but Scarlet has a way of popping up again and again as a recurring mystery
Any New Faces Coming to Town?
Helena, Montana definitely seems like a popular place to spend your time as this season will welcome some famous stars who will be involved in the deadly new mystery occupying Jenny and Cassie’s time.
Reba McEntire as Sunny Barnes, a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”
Jensen Ackles as Beau, the freshly appointed sheriff after sheriff Tubbs’ shooting. We met him in the Big Sky Season 2 finale
Henry Ian Cusack as a tech exec named Avery
Luke Mitchell as play Sunny’s son Cormac
Anirudh Pisharody comes on vacation from New York with his girlfriend looking for a wilderness adventure
Madalyn Horcher the other half of the young couple from NY looking for a good time in the wild
Seth Gabel as Walter, a recluse living in the woods
Rosanna Arquette as Virginia “Gigi” Cessna, Jenny Hoy’s charismatic and fast-talking mother. “She’s a world-class scam artist who used childhood Jenny in her grifts, much to present-day Jenny’s resentment. Gigi has an uncanny ability to charm her way into people’s lives and then disappear without a trace. When she returns to Helena to pull her latest con, Jenny catches onto her and mother-daughter must work through their difficult relationship.”
What Can We Expect?
The official description via the ABC press site notes: Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles step into the world of “Big Sky” on its new night, bringing with them a new mystery to unravel as the mercurial matriarch of an established local family and the new sheriff in town, respectively.
Big Sky Season 3 Trailer
When Does Big Sky Season 3 Premiere?
The crime thriller will be moving to a new night — Wednesday. It will premiere on September 21, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Catch a Few Fish (2×18)
The Big Sky season 2 finale was — and I hate to say this — uneventful.
There were some high moments, but overall, it was a bit of an anticlimactic outcome to a seriously twisted and dark season.
Why is that?
Most of the major storylines were wrapped up, but it was too neat for the magnitude of the storylines delivered over the course of 18 episodes.
I’ll start with Scarlett as she’s been the overarching connection to Ronald Pergman for two seasons.
She may have been a sociopath, but there’s no denying that Scarlett was a mother that cared deeply about her daughter. She would’ve done anything for Phoebe.
So, when it became abundantly clear that Cassie was right — she’d never outrun the syndicate and be “safe” — she dropped Phoebe off at Cassie’s apartment, along with the drive detailing all the info on the sex trafficking ring.
It’s the smoking gun as that drive is the exact reason that the syndicate is after her.
Of course, the fact that Scarlett witnessed the dangers that this lifestyle poses to Phoebe firsthand likely impacted her decision to give up her daughter, along with Phoebe’s declaration that she no longer wants to live life on the run.
After everything she’s been through and witnessed — including her mother killing a man with her bare hands — Phoebe was strangely okay when she was handed over to Cassie and Lindor. Scared and unsure? Yes. But she was already thriving in a home setting more than she ever was around her mother and Ronald. The poor girl just needs stability and a hot meal. Scarlett never could’ve provided her with that, so good on her for doing the right thing by her baby even if it completely broke her. Over the course of the season, she lost the only two people she ever cared about, so on some human level, I feel bad for the girl.
We’ve seen the dangers the syndicate poses firsthand as they’ve come after Ronald, Scarlett, and Wolf, so it’s only a matter of time before they set their sights on Dewell and Hoyt. After all, they unlocked the drive, which means that they already know too much.
I was genuinely expecting something to come of that drive — at least a warning to the detective agency from the syndicate member or something. They are clearly tying up loose ends, so why wouldn’t they be more careful about trying to open encrypted files?
Again, it felt anticlimactic, though, I know we’ll explore this more in season 3.
The Bhullar storyline also came to a close, and with it, Travis’s quest for answers and revenge. Well, sort of.
Veer Bhullar wasn’t just a problem for Travis. It turns out that a lot of people wanted him dead, including his own girlfriend and children.
Alicia was right when she predicted that he would die at the hands of his son, but she failed to mention that Ren would be stoking the flames. After his father seemed all too comfortable with having his son killed, Jag returned the favor and mustered up the courage that his father never believed he possessed.
Truthfully, Veer did this to himself. He pushed his own children away, and he pushed them towards hatred and wanting to steal the family business away from him.
Once Ren realized that her father was pretty much a monster, she allowed Travis to get his hands on Veer. It’s the very reason why she kept him around because she knew he had what it took to eliminate him if it came to it.
Travis seemed promising throughout the season. I mean, I know that he got in way over his head, but it always seemed like he had some kind of plan if the moment ever arrived.
And then, when it finally did, Travis was a complete mess. He took Veer to where he previously kept T-Lock locked up and just laid in the punches until Veer got to talking. There was no strategy at play, which was disappointing.
Like what if Veer didn’t talk? Would he just kill him and destroy the possibility of getting answers?
Veer ended up confessing that Kate Garza was still alive, but he’s a deceptive man who stares down danger and doesn’t flinch, so who knows if he’s telling the truth.
Jenny and her new partner, Beau (Jensen Ackles), arrived on the scene just in time to stop Travis from actually killing Veer.
Of course, that allowed Jag to deliver the final blows via a hospital pillow.
Veer never saw it coming, but he almost asked for it with all the gaslighting and instigating that he did. I mean, how many times did he put Jag down and basically deny giving Mason the A-ok to shoot his son? It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to him.
And it surely didn’t to Alicia. She was plotting and making moves for this very outcome from Day 1.
The “insurance” paperwork that she had Veer sign actually gave her power of attorney over the business, so she was able to make off with a huge chunk of cash.
Alicia was always in it for the hustle, and it just goes to show you how much Veer’s ego blindsided him.
I genuinely enjoyed the moment between Alicia and Tonya. They are, in a way, kindred spirits, and the advice not to die on Montana is sound.
Tonya has always been in over her head, but she’s now addicted to this lifestyle, so I don’t see her breaking away from Ren ever.
It definitely seemed like a curtain call on the Bhullar siblings, but it’s unclear if we’ll see their operation become a problem in the future.
Big Sky has a tendency to reinvent itself and the mysteries with each season, so my guess is that even if they are in the picture still, they’ll be in the background.
It’s also unclear how Travis plans to find Kate with zero information and resources. Ren and Jag have no idea where she is, and the only person who had any intel is dead.
What’s his plan?
Though, it was big of Jenny to take the empathetic approach and give Travis the chance to finish what he started. He was so passionate and dedicated, that if his whole life is about to wither away in prison, at the very least, it should all mean something.
Do you think Kate’s actually alive?
I wasn’t exactly digging Beau’s energy when he first showed up — his Texas was showing, and it was a lot.
But by the end of the episode, he definitely grew on me. It honestly feels like he’s Cordell Walker’s counterpart/brother, which is fitting considering the renovated Walker is Ackles’ Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki.
Beau is a nice addition to the two-woman show that is Jenny and Cassie. He seems to be a buffer between their personalities. Plus, he definitely knew exactly what to expect for Jenny, and he trusts her enough to believe that she knows what she’s doing when she makes her calls.
Tubb was a bit of a hardass on her and was constantly pushing back, so Beau’s approach of letting her do her thing and having her back is refreshing. Admittedly, Jenny does need to be reigned in sometimes, so I hope that he’ll be the checks and balances that she needs from a partner.
With Denise, Jerrie, Lindor, and Beau to complete the squad, D&J has a pretty solid lineup going into next season.
And that’s not even including Reba McEntire, who is joining the cast!
If there’s one thing Big Sky knows how to do, it’s build out the squad.
To sum it all up: Phoebe is safe, Scarlett is on the run, the syndicate is after her and likely after J&D+ team for having access to the drive, Travis has gone rogue to find Kate, Veer is dead, the Bhullar siblings are closer than ever and running the cartel show, and Beau is Hoyt’s new partner. And he can throw a punch that can knock the wind out of Donno, so for that, he’s impressive.
What did you think of the finale? It wasn’t terrible because everything that happened made sense, but it simply wasn’t the jaw-dropping, OMG-moment-inducing finale that I expected either.
Do you have any hopes for season 3? Share them in the comments below!
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