There's only a few days left to go until Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 3 finally premieres on Fox this Sunday the 27th September.
After Season 2's cliffhanger ending we were left with a lot of questions. Who's the new captain? What will happen to Holt and Gina? And does this mean that Amy and Jake are finally sorting their shit out and admitting that they want to be together? All will be revealed next season, but here's what we know so far...
The New Captain
"Obviously [the squad] loved Captain Holt, and they do not get along as well with the new captain. He has a different set of expectations that makes life at the precinct much harder." - Dan Goor
We recently had our first look at Bill Hader's new character, Captain Seth Dozerman, and the accompanying promo video show us that the new captain is going to be a bit left of centre, off the rails or just outright insane.
We also saw that Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) isn't enjoying his new position as Head of Public Relations, but the challenges he'll be facing there seem ripe for being played to comedic effect:
"We will see Captain Holt and Gina in their new environment in the public relations department at the NYPD. This version of public relations is not like interviews and stuff like that. It's more sort of a community relations: doing posters, outreach to schools, sort of the lame non-police work that would drive Captain Holt crazy." - Dan Goor
Until now I never thought Captain Holt in a pigeon costume was something I needed in my life, but there you go.
Less Comedy, More Drama?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of those comedies that actually has a lot of heart but without too much pressure given to personal drama, and Season 2 chronicled this well. It's a very physical, situational comedy and most of the time it coasts along well on this dynamic; it chooses its dramatic moments carefully, making them all the more pertinent when they come.
It looks like Season 3 is going to be edging a little bit more towards the drama though, according to Forbes, seemingly primarily in the form of romance.
Jake and Amy
Goor has promised a lot of romance in Season 3, the most pertinent of all being that of Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero).
In a recent People Now interview Fumero promised "a couple of surprises in the first episode and early in the season" and said that "at the very beginning [Jake & Amy's relationship] is complicated", which implies that though it's going to be awkward at the beginning - picking up right where Season 2 left off - there is scope for resolution on this issue further down the season line. This ties in with Goor's comments on their relationship:
"Amy and Jake have just kissed, and they're trying to figure out what that means for their relationship. What sort of relationship do they need to have or should have going forward? The pressure of a new captain definitely weighs on that decision and all of the actions they take together."
Boyle and Lt. Singh
Meanwhile, Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) has his own new interest in the form of guest star Archie Panjabi who plays Lt. Singh. Introduced in the second episode of Season 3, Goor says that Boyle and Singh met and flirted previously at several police funerals (cheery) and have a very strong chemistry together.
"She has taken an interest in Charles, and they seem like a really funny couple. We think their chemistry will be really fun to play."
But she's not the only one catching Boyle's eye this season, with Mary Lynn Rajskub guest starring in episode 3 as art gallery owner Genevieve. According to the episode synopsis, Jake tries to set the two up after deciding that Genevieve is Boyle's soulmate. Rajskub is only set to appear in one episode, but could she come back as a reoccurring love interest?
Rosa and Marcus
"Rosa is still seeing Marcus and that is the most serious intimate relationship of her life, which is scary. We'll see if she can handle that."
Finally, Goor has confirmed that Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) will still be romantically involved with Capt. Holt's nephew Marcus (Nick Cannon) in Season 3, but that won't change her abrasive demeanour any - she'll still be the terrifying badass with an anger problem that we all know and love.
Hopefully this means we'll get to see some more of her and Holt interacting outside of work, which was brilliant in Season 2.