The pandemic not only delayed the release of Mayans MC Season 3, but it also completely changed its narrative dynamic. So in addition to Kurt Sutter’s departure, the series was forced to adapt its plots to limit social interactions. For a show that talks about community, it does not come smoothly.
When we meet the bikers from Santo Padre, the border with Mexico was closed and it cut a lot of their business. As EZ (JD Pardo) sees his relationship with Gaby (Sulem Calderon) become serious and his place at the club asserting itself, his father (Edward James Olmos) falls into depression following the deaths of Dita Galindo and Angel (Clayton Cardenas). ) manages the imprisonment of Adelita (Carla Baratta) in its own way. The tension between the various factions of Mayans mounts and the Reyes brothers is propelled into the heart of a war.
The first two seasons of Mayans MC explored the story around the death of EZ and Angel’s mother. This was the common thread that kept the issues alive as the world of the show developed. This plot is not fully completed, as the death of Dita Galindo prompts Miguel (Danny Pino) to take an interest in it. The problem is, the character is more isolated than ever and he’s not the only one.
Emily (Sarah Bolger) crosses EZ twice but spends most of her time locked up at home with her sister (Holland Roden), while Miguel has a few encounters with Governor Sederica Palomo (Mía Maestro) or in the desert with his collaborators. Nonetheless, all of this is disconnected from the Mayans, even if the stakes end up being about EZ… from afar.
Ditto for Felipe who will not leave his home or Coco (Richard Cabral) who falls into drugs and has the right to a storyline far from the club. She is so distant that hardly anyone will realize that something is happening to her. After two seasons of seeing him so close to his brothers in arms, the isolation of his plot seems forced. It’s the same with Adelita, who is quickly released, but still does not find her place.
To compensate, an internal war within the Mayans is taking shape in a way that alienates the bikers from the rest of their world. They are isolated but in a group. This does not prevent individual developments. We learn more about Bishop (Michael Irby) and Taza (Raoul Trujillo), while other members of the club – and the latest prospect – have the opportunity to assert their presence in a more notable way.
EZ naturally remains the heart of the series. His ambitions, his relationship with Gaby, and his family form a whole that should help him realize what a man he is and what he can become. He discovers things about himself that he sometimes has trouble dealing with.
All of this is interesting, as is the conflict between Mayans and the developments of certain members of the club. Despite everything, this season 3 often seems too disjointed with its subplots that seem to evolve in other universes. It shows a lack of cohesion which seriously attacks the rhythm of certain episodes, especially during the second part of the season.
We can therefore hope that the shooting conditions will have improved for season 4 because this season 3 of Mayans MC bears the stigmata of this year like no other and this decreases his ability to fully exploit his universe. Interesting things are being achieved anyway, but the dynamics of the whole are frustrating at times. Fortunately, the series had developed characters strong enough to survive all of this.