Want to know about the current status of Raising Dion Season 3. Continue reading to find out.
Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband, Mark. The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities.
Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat and protect Dion from people out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
Season 1 of Raising Dion premiered in 2019, which seems like a long time considering that other Netflix series usually return with a new season within a year or two. As a result, speculations about the series’ uncertain future arose, especially if new seasons took as long to broadcast as Raising Dion Season 2 did finally in February 2022.
The fans were happy to watch the next chapter, but the wait and journey to finally binge-watch the series appeared to be short-lived and underwhelming, as rumors of the series’ likely cancellation circulated, which turned out to be true.
Here is all the information we’ve learned concerning the status of Raising Dion Season 3.
Will there be Season 3 of Raising Dion?
Another devastating bit of news for Netflix subscribers. We regret to inform the Raising Dion fandom that the series has been canceled by Netflix for another season, despite it becoming an instant hit after its first launch of Season 1 in 2019, followed by Season 2 this year in February. The cancellation was officially confirmed on April 26, 2022.
Cast member Sammi Haney, who played Esperanza, took to Instagram to inform her fans about the cancellation.
She quoted, “Sad to say that Raising Dion is CANCELED. Thank you for all of the amazing support we got from all of our wonderful fans! Season 2 was a success, equal to Season 1, even if just looking at how many people watched all of it and wanted a season 3! The only “silver lining” is that this does free me up to pursue other roles. My Netflix contract kept me from accepting other major roles offered to me (1 actually written with me in mind) on other tv shows! So if you work for a major studio, hit me up again, I’m ready!”
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In addition, Alisha Wainwright, who played Nicole Reese on the show, took to Twitter to inform fans about the cancellation of Raising Dion Season 3.
Check out the post below:
— Alisha Wainwright (@WainwrightAE) April 26, 2022
The decision by Netflix to cancel the series, for which the viewers have invested so much of their time and adored these characters and storyline, despite its popularity, has upset the fans. Moreover, until now, Netflix has not stated the exact reasons why the show is canceled.
Was there ever going to be Raising Dion Season 3?
This American superhero drama streaming TV series debuted on Netflix on October 4, 2019. Raising Dion is based on Dennis Liu’s 2015 comic book and the short film adaptation of the same name by Dennis Liu.
So, the story did have the potential to continue for another season to explore the characters and more plotlines as it is based on a comic book.
While Raising Dion Season 3 was undoubtedly in the works looking at the direction the story was leading. The series definitely had the potential to work and improve the plot for another season.
However, due to Netflix’s decision not to extend the show, Raising Dion was canceled after two seasons. So, even if the show’s creators were ready to move the tale further, the series’ faith for renewal or future installments is unfortunately finished for the time being.
Take a look at some fan’s reactions to the cancellation of Raising Dion Season 3 below:
So @Netflixhelps cancel yet another popular show and they wonder why people are leaving?
Raising Dion cancelled by Netflix.
— LegendKiller2k ⚪ (@legendkiller2k8) April 26, 2022
I'm disappointed @Netflix. #RaisingDion was such a great family show, and we don't have too many for middle schoolers to choose from on TV. My daughters loved watching it as a family; the show entertained even my husband. Please bring back a season 3 of Raising Dion. https://t.co/5WBqZ2XMgd
— Elle Cole (She/her) (@Cleverlychangin) April 26, 2022
NETFLIX HAS CANCELED A THIRD SEASON OF RAISING DION! NETFLIX LOSING SUBSCRIBERS AND MONEY. So they cancelled the most popular show they had. Idiots!
— Kieve (@RoblinVicki) April 26, 2022
Why did Netflix cancel Raising Dion Season 3?
Though the exact reasons why Netflix canceled the series are not revealed, many people have speculated the viewership of the series might have been lower than what the creators anticipated, which eventually led to its cancelation.
The show was as successful as it was in season one. However, we can’t confirm that because Netflix currently utilizes different measurements than they used in 2019. In its first 26 days on the platform, the second season was reportedly watched for 108.75 million hours.
The year gap between seasons 1 and 2 undoubtedly resulted in a significant decline in viewing. Another reason that might not be going well for the show in the future was the lack of posting and interaction with fans in terms of marketing of the series on Raising Dion’s social media accounts. Even before Season 2 premiered, the social media presence was lacking, which might have led to a lack of awareness about the show to the audience and attract new viewers.
Furthermore, everyone is aware that Netflix tends to terminate a lot of series after two or three seasons, so it’s possible that Raising Dion’s inclusion on Netflix’s list of canceled shows was simply due to a turn of events and not in favor of renewal.
What did the fans expect from Raising Dion Season 3?
Some of the important plotlines of the series, which are now left unanswered, were being speculated by the fans on social media. In a Collider report, the following questions were highlighted and expected to be seen and addressed in the upcoming season.
- Is Mark Still Alive?
- How did Pat survive?
- What happens to Brayden now?
- What is the meaning of the End-Credits Scene?
Moreover, in the finale of Raising Dion Season 2, Dion and Nicole face up against a “familiar” enemy and his army of followers. Moreover, the final episode of Raising Dion Season 2 did leave the series on a cliffhanger, and the end-credits scene indicated a huge time jump.
What could have been the plot of Raising Dion Season 3?
Raising Dion Season 3 might possibly have gone more into Nicole’s work on energy at the Biona research lab, and Dion might have his own army, given that Biona has a training facility for powered people. Dion’s journey into pre-teen/teen life was most likely to be depicted and explored more. The fans were looking forward to this theme in Raising Dion Season 3, which now stands canceled.
The series could have revolved around the joining of the wicked energy, Pat, the wicked David, and the formation of an army of supercharged criminals. The Season 2 post-credits scene, which suggested a future clash between Pat and Dion, is a hint of this. This could have answered some of the highlighted questions mentioned above and could have left the fans somewhat satisfied with the conclusion.
Raising Dion Season 1 and Season 2: A quick recap
Raising Dion Season 1: The official synopsis
Nicole’s life is quite tumultuous at the start of Season 1. After her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan) dies, she is forced to pick up the pieces in order to raise their son, Dion. She plainly struggles to balance her career and making sure Dion gets to school on time, and it’s taking its toll on her.
Raising Dion Season 1: Episode Guide
- S1E1: “ISSUE #101: How Do You Raise a Superhero?”
- S1E2: “ISSUE #102: Fortress of Solitude”
- S1E3: “ISSUE #103: Watch Man”
- S1E4: “ISSUE #104: Welcome to BIONA. Hope You Survive the Experience”
- S1E5: “ISSUE #105: Days of Mark’s Future Past”
- S1E6: “ISSUE #106: Super Friends”
- S1E7: “ISSUE #107: Why So Vomity?”
- S1E8: “ISSUE #108: You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry”
- S1E9: “ISSUE #109: Storm Killer”
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Raising Dion Season 2: The official synopsis
In Season Two, the crooked energy takes overpowered orphan Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner), and it is once again up to Dion, his family, and his friends to prevent it from harming anyone else. Dion and Nicole are able to take on the twisted energy once more, separating it from Brayden.
Raising Dion Season 2: Episode Guide
- S2E1:”ISSUE #201: A Hero Returns”
- S2E2: “ISSUE #202: Sankofa”
- S2E3: “ISSUE #203: Monster Problem”
- S2E4: “ISSUE #204: With Friends Like These”
- S2E5: “ISSUE #205: You vs. Me”
- S2E6: “ISSUE #206: 36 Good Hours”
- S2E7: “ISSUE #207: World Without Mom”
- S2E8: “ISSUE #208: Who You Are”
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Raising Dion Cast
The main cast members of the series include:
- Alisha Wainwright as Nicole Warren
- Ja’Siah Young as Dion Warren
- Jazmyn Simon as Kat Neese
- Sammi Haney as Esperanza Jimenez
- Jason Ritter as Pat Rollins
- Griffin Robert Faulkner as Brayden Mills
- Ali Ahn as Suzanne Wu
The recurring cast members of the series include:
- Michael B. Jordan as Mark Warren
- Gavin Munn as Jonathan King
- Donald Paul as Mr. Anthony Fry
- Matt Lewis as Mr. Campbell
- Marc Menchaca as Walter Mills
- Moriah Brown as Willa
- Diana Chiritescu as Jill Noonan
- Kylen Davis as Malik
- Dana Gourrier as Tessa
- J. Harrison Ghee as Kwame
- Deirdre Lovejoy as Charlotte Tuck
- Josh Ventura as David Marsh
- Rome Flynn as Tevin Wakefield
- Aubriana Davis as Janelle Carr
- Michael Anthony as Gary Stafford
- Tracey Bonner as Simone Carr
Raising Dion: The overall reception
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating for the series, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “While its family drama and superhero aspirations don’t quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great”.
Kenneth Seward Jr. from IGN Movies stated, “Raising Dion Season 2 improves on what came prior. It continues to tell a decent superhero story, with the most compelling bits still being the show’s family dynamic.”
The second season was watched for over 108.75 million hours in its first 26 days on the platform, according to Netflix’s top 10s.
On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series was assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
You can watch Raising Dion Season 1 and Season 2, currently available to stream exclusively on Netflix.