The seventh episode of DuckTales season 3, “The Rumble for Ragnarok!”, premiered one week ago today. This week was the first week of what we are anticipating to be a lengthy hiatus. I’ve seen a lot of discussion online over how long this hiatus may be, and I thought I would add my two-cent to that discussion.
What we KNOW so far!
All that we know is that DuckTales had a planned hiatus after episode seven. Co-Producer, Frank Angones, shared this detail with fans on Twitter last week. We know that the season has been in development for sometime now.
We also know that the hiatus planned was not going to be very long. When it was announced that DuckTales was moving back to DisneyXD for season 3, Frank let fans know that we would experience far less “episode bombs” and more of a weekly release schedule. He also indicated there would be a few breaks a long the way.
So more weekly releases and shorter breaks was to be expected from DuckTales third season, but that was before a global pandemic broke out and changed everything. If you read this previous blog, DuckTales Is Back On Hiatus!, or if you read Frank’s tweets during that time you already know that the break after episode 7 will be longer than planned.
BUT, we also know that two episodes of the series were completed before any of the episodes that we have already seen. DuckTales season 3 was original going to premiere in 2019. We do not know exactly what pushed the premiere into 2020, but my guess is that the show moving back to DisneyXD could have been a factor. This means we have a Halloween and Christmas episode ready to premiere.
So… When Is DuckTales Returning?!
Full disclosure, we do not know. Honestly, we are just thankful that the creators of the show were allowed to disclose that we have a lengthy break ahead of us. In the past all we were told was that they didn’t know when the show would return. Knowing that we are in a hiatus is better than assuming we are.
I believe we will not get new episodes this summer. Covid-19 has changed so much about our world that every business is trying to determine how to continue producing products and content without endangering their employees. We are grateful that Disney Television Animation is taking care of the cast and crew, and we plan on remaining supportive during this break.
The crew is working from home, and season 3 is still in production. We have not heard how far they are into the season. We’ve seem many say they thought season 3 was completed, but that does not appear to be the case based on this tweet from Frank;
I hope it is possible we see new episodes either at the end of the summer or the beginning of fall. My guess is that we could get another month of episodes with the same release format as the last eight. I could see four more episodes in August or September followed by another break until October. But I do believe we get the Halloween episode in October, whether we see other episode releases around the same time or not.
At the VERY least I would expect the Halloween episode to premiere in October and that would be the latest we would wait for a new episode. Frank has said the Halloween and Christmas episodes are stand-alones and they can be released at anytime in the season.
I want to stress that these are just my opinions based on what we have seen. I do not have any inside information or knowledge about how much of the season has been completed. Like you, I hope the show returns soon, but I will gladly wait on new episodes while DTV takes care of their employees.
When do you think the show will be back? Do you think there is a chance we get new episodes sometime this summer? Do you expect the show back in the fall? Do you think we get “Trick or Treat” references in the Halloween episode? Join the conversation in the comments below or on Twitter @DuckTalks.
My guess was they originally planned to come back in July. Since there are 52 weeks in a year and typically 25 episodes in a season, that means being on hiatus just a little more than half the time. So I was thinking, month and a half on (early April to mid-May), month and a half off (mid-May to early July).
It’s encouraging that Frank described the hiatus as being “just a little longer” than they originally thought. And it makes sense. If they’re still working on the episodes from home, but at a slower pace because of covid-19, that means the amount of time the hiatus will be lengthened can’t be longer than the shutdown itself. I’m thinking an extra month or two tops will be all they need, so I’m also thinking August or September. And compared to the hiatus between Seasons 2 and 3, that sounds manageable. It’s crazy to think though that, if it returns in September, we’ll have only gotten seven episodes in one year.
I dont know about Trick or Treat references but we do get Donald’s Better Self references with Donald and Della’s costumes.
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I love when the show does something wildly unlike anything we’ve had in the past, but includes a deep cut like those costumes. I can’t wait for the Halloween episode.
To be fair, I don’t think this show’s current hiatus will be any longer than the one that Milo Murphy’s Law suffered between its two seasons.
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How long was that hiatus?
The first season of Milo Murphy’s Law technically ended with the Christmas episode on December 2, 2017, and the Season 2 premiere, “The Phineas and Ferb Effect”, aired on January 5, 2019. However, the intended Season 1 finale, “Fungus Among Us” (which ends on a cliffhanger leading directly into “The Phineas and Ferb Effect”), aired on September 30, 2017. Either way, Disney basically made us wait over a whole year to see that cliffhanger resolved (though they did air the second season several months earlier in Japan). Compared to that, DuckTales’ hiatuses have been a breeze.
DuckTales must return!
Soon, September 21st!