Angered by the truth of his mother’s murder, LAPD detective Harry Bosch struggles to find integrity in an imperfect justice system. The killing of a homeless veteran, the suicide of a serial killing suspect, and the high-profile murder trial of a Hollywood director pits Bosch against ruthless opponents who all threaten to destroy him. Bosch season 3 promises to be the most compelling yet.
Question: Season 2 of Bosch ended with Harry solving his mother’s murder. When or where does season 3 begin? (Note: the sneak peek shows it picks up 16 months after the events in season 2.)
Michael Connelly: Yes, we thought we should try to catch up to contemporary Los Angeles so the show actually begins on election night and viewers will be able to find out who won the race for mayor. There are a few other strings from season 2 we tie up. One is the Veronica Allen case. When last seen she was under arrest for killing her husband. She goes to trial in season 3. You mentioned that he solved his mother’s murder in season 2. Did he solve it or did he think he solved it? They are two different things.
Question: Season 3 pulls plots elements from two of your books: The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night. Can you tell us a little bit about what to expect?
Michael: What I love about this season is that we draw from two books that show off different angles on Bosch. In The Black Echo, he is driven and feels duty bound in finding the killer of a fellow Special Forces soldier. He also connects to a young runaway named Sharkey. Then with A Darkness More Than Night you see a more desperate Bosch, a man who thinks the system is broken and doesn’t protect the vulnerable. It gets to him and makes others question if he is okay.
Question: What can you tell us about the new characters and cast members we’ll meet in season 3?
Michael: We have many in both big and small parts and casting has been off the wall great. I should mention a few, like Paul Calderon, who plays a very competent and ambitious detective who butts heads at times with Bosch and at other times works side by side with him. We also have John Getz, who plays the president of the police commission and is a political operative that is a building threat. We also have Paola Turbay, who plays a prosecutor on one of the cases and . . . wait for it . . . Harry’s love interest.
Question: Will Maddie Bosch, Harry’s daughter, be a part of this season?
Michael: Yes! I am really excited about this because Madison Lintz is so good as Maddie and the scenes with Harry are some of my favorites. Her screen time has been amped up because as we begin the season we quickly find out that she is living with Harry now as her mother and stepfather have moved temporarily to Hong Kong to pursue business interests. That leaves Harry to interact with his daughter on a daily basis and do things like teach her how to drive and watch her on the school volleyball team. Yes, Harry Bosch as a dad. But its not all domestic bliss. Maddie is her father’s daughter and she is just as strong-willed and uncompromising. In other words, some times Harry gets the silent treatment at dinner.
Question: How do you think season 3 compares to the first two?
Michael: I think we keep raising the bar in terms of digging into character. Harry is definitely more conflicted in season 3 because he has come to question the very system he is a part of. He carries a gun and a badge and is a representative of the state. But he questions the validity of the state.
Question: When do you begin working on season 4?
Michael: The writing room has already commenced. That is always the first step. So for now it is six writers in a room trying to figure out how to adapt and update Angels Flight and raise the bar once again.
Bosch season 3 will be streaming on April 21, 2017 on Amazon Prime Video. Watch the trailer.