It's tough being a fan of Steven Universe. We're in the biggest hiatus between episodes yet — and just when the Crystal Gems were starting to make headway on their quest to reach the the Cluster, too! Recently it was announced this break marked the end of Season 2 and beginning of Season 3, which would air sometime in June. The exact date was a mystery — until now!
The European airdates have leaked online, and from these we can get a rough idea as to when they'll premiere in the US.
These dates were published on Reddit and later shared by the Facebook group The World Of Steven Universe.
But is this legit? Probably! Scenes from both "Super Watermelon Island" and "Barn Mates" were leaked online over a month ago, so we know these episode titles are correct. As for the veracity of the information itself, this originated from the Dutch Cartoon Network feed, which often gets airdate information before anyone else.
If you're really interested in fact-checking this, there are screenshots of the schedule here and here. However, the order is not necessarily correct. The European networks often air the episodes out of order. They also skip over some episodes and air them later: "Say Uncle" and "Sadie's Song" still haven't aired in the Netherlands.
As for the US airdates, usually the episodes air about a week before the European broadcasts, although of course that can change. So we can assume that the first episode of Steven Universe Season 3 will air around June 10, and the subsequent five or so episodes will air in the StephenBomb format.
So What Can We Expect?
Well, we already know that "Super Watermelon Island" will feature the Gems discovering the island all of Steven's watermelon clones went off to.
This episode also features the return of Malachite, who the Crystal Gems will battle while they are fused together as Alexandrite. "Barn Mates" sees the return of Lapis Lazuli. Although we're still unsure whether she'll become a Crystal Gem, she seems to be their tentative ally for now, destroying Yellow Diamond's probe sent to destroy Peridot.
As for the other episodes, we can only draw conclusions from the titles themselves. "Gem Drill" will presumably see the Gems complete the drill they're constructing to reach the Cluster, and might even feature their mission down through the crust of the Earth. If they drill via the ocean, this could be when they retrieve Lapis.
Of the remaining episode titles, "Hit the Diamond" really stands out. This could be when Yellow Diamond finally arrives on Earth — or it could be a baseball episode. Knowing creator Rebecca Sugar's predilection for misleading episode titles, there's a strong chance that the latter is true. However, "Steven Floats" could hint at Steven abandoned in the ocean after a battle. I guess we'll just have to wait until June to find out!
What do you want to happen in Season 3? Tell us in the comments!