But in the end? The future looks bright for our sweet magnolias and the residents of Serenity: Helen, Dana Sue and Maddie’s friendship is stronger than ever, Bill is trying to change his life for the better, Kyle is starting to move on from the accident, Tyler is exploring new passions and so much more.
And this is only the beginning.
Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Ending Explained
Let’s recap: In the Sweet Magnolias season three finale, the residents of Serenity came together to celebrate Ronnie and Dana Sue’s vow renewal. And there are definitely some surprises. Bill and Kathy (Wynn Everett) show up to the celebration to make amends and ultimately leave town together to search for a fresh start. We also saw sparks fly between old and new lovers (looking at you two, Helen and Erik). And most importantly, we finally saw our favorite magnolias rekindle their friendship after being at odds with each other for most of the season.
Back in July 2023, Heather Headley (who plays Helen) revealed to Netflix’s TUDUM that filming the scenes where the three friends didn’t talk were the hardest days on set. “I remember us all being in our separate spaces. When I read it the first time, I was like, ‘No, no. Please no.’ I kind of felt it was coming at some point, but I didn’t want to be a catalyst for it,” said Headley. “It was really hard to film because we like each other so much. And then we didn’t have margarita nights for a week.”
There were also some side characters who had a moment to shine in season three, from Peggy becoming more comfortable with being a mother (and future mayor of Serenity?) to Noreen getting hired at the spa daycare.
And with season three ending on a positive note, longtime fans (like ourselves) are beyond excited to see what’s next for the three sweet magnolias and the rest of Serenity in the upcoming season. (Because Helen and Erik will get back together right…right?!)
PureWow Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Sweet Magnolias season three made us feel so many emotions, making it such a great watch from beginning to end. The third installment brought us solid performances from a talented ensemble cast, drama-filled answers to those season two cliffhangers, lots more Helen (thank goodness) and more complications in our favorite relationships. And we can’t wait to see what’s next for Helen, Dana Sue, Maddie and the rest of Serenity.