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‘The Chosen’ director says viewers may be ‘shocked’ at what’s coming in season 3

Director Dallas Jenkins talks with the actor playing Simon Peter.
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To the excitement of many, The Chosen season three has begun filming. And from the looks of it, it’s going to be big.

“This season has a lot of really intense moments, a lot of setups for future seasons, a lot of payoffs for previous seasons, this is a real hinge point of the [series] for sure,” director Dallas Jenkins said in behind-the-scenes video shared on YouTube.

The Chosen has released two new behind-the-scenes videos so far—one for each week of filming, which began at the end of April. Each video hinted at some surprising twists and turns in the plotline.

“We don’t do surprises just for the sake of being shocking,” Jenkins said, referring to an upcoming unexpected change in a familiar character. “The viewer is watching, going, ‘Oh, I’m shocked by that. Oh my goodness.’ But then also thinking, ‘Huh, I can see why that happened, I can see … why they felt the way they that they did. I might have felt the same way.’ And that’s what the show is about.”

Several actors in the show also expressed that they think season three is going to make a deep, personal impression on fans. Jordan Ross, who plays Little James, thinks it will cause viewers to really look inside themselves and examine their faith.

“This season is going to impact fans by forcing them to ask some tough questions [of] themselves. I think art, but specifically faith-based art, challenges the viewer. There are certainly feel-good moments of the season, but there are also a lot of moments where it will force people to look in the mirror and be like, ‘Oh, have I done that? Have I thought that? Have I felt that way?’” he said.

Season three will also bring the introduction of new characters and further development with familiar ones. Luke Dimyan, who plays Judas Iscariot, says the cast is working together better than ever.

“I think [with] the previous seasons we were getting to know everybody and putting the crew together—now the crew is together. It’s go time,” Dimyan says. “Everything you loved about the past seasons is just bigger, better, and stronger. You’re in for a real treat.”

Season three has been filming at locations in Texas, including Benbrook Lake, a reservoir that is apparently standing in as the Sea of Galilee.

Jenkins says the season will likely premiere later this year. Similar to the first two seasons, there will be eight episodes with a running time of 52 minutes each. You can watch seasons one and two for free on The Chosen app or find the DVDs at Deseret Book stores and

“We are now officially a three-season show—that’s something,” Jenkins said. “Only four more to go.”

▶ You may also like: How the hit television series ‘The Chosen’ ended up being filmed on the Church’s Goshen film set

The Chosen is the first-ever-multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus. Created outside of the Hollywood system, The Chosen allows us to see Him through the eyes of those who knew him. No matter where you are at in your journey with Jesus Christ, this TV show is for you. Available at Deseret Book.

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