“Dickinson” Season 3 Review: This Final Season Ensures the Show's Legacy Will Live On — Forevermore!

Hailee Steinfeld in “Dickinson” season three, premiering November 5, 2021 on Apple TV+. Photo Courtesy: Apple TV+

Rating: 9/10

Created by Alena Smith, Dickinson is a subversive — and wholly inventive — retelling of lauded American poet Emily Dickinson’s (Hailee Steinfeld) coming of age. As you might expect, Dickinson tells the truth — but tells it slant.

Since the show’s first season, this approach has fashioned space for the unreal, from anachronistic slang and needle drops to Emily’s conversations with Death (the always great Wiz Khalifa) and a human-sized bee (Jason Mantzoukas) to the poet’s fully-realized wanderings through her own imagination. The balance here — between pining, humor, reveries and more — has always been striking, but season three might just be Dickinson’s best.

Not to mention, writing about writing is always a challenge, but Smith and her fellow writers, along with Steinfeld’s consistently wonderful performance, have always been able to make the meta work well. Whether Steinfeld is reciting a poem over a scene or the lines are appearing on screen, ephemerally, as Emily pens (or pencils) them, Dickinson has always made the poems feel necessary — both intimate and urgent. The third season not only carries on this defining aspect, but cements a legacy for Dickinson the show, all while reaffirming the legacy of the poet.

The first three episodes of Dickinson’s third season premiere on Friday, November 5, 2021 on Apple TV+. The seven subsequent episodes will debut weekly — and one at a time — on Fridays through December.