Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series: Spies Fight For Survival

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Slow Horses spies fight for survival in the third season of this espionage drama. These MI5 spies are not only battling the enemies who are inside MI5 but also those who are outside.

Before we get ahead with the third season of this British espionage series, check out our article about the first and second seasons of the Slow Horses on the FM.

Now, let us talk about the third season of the Slow Horses series, which is based on the Real Tigers book (Slough House #3) by Mick Herron. As, once again, for the third time, we follow this British spy drama with a dark comedic touch. And, no doubt with each of its seasons, this British intelligence drama is getting edgier and tense spy show to watch.

Synopsis [official] of the Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series

It is a darkly funny espionage drama that follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes.

In season three, a romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. When Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman) and his team of misfits are dragged into the fight, they find themselves caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not just of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

Spoiler Free Review of the Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series

The introduction

So far, we have seen this dysfunctional team of MI5 agents called Slow Horses stationed at the Slough House do well enough to win our hearts and support. These (spies) rejects are led by their obnoxious boss, the notorious Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), who is deadly with his acidic (one-liner) tongue. Even then, despite all kinds of shortcomings, these (spies) misfits continue to navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England as well as themselves from the deadly conspiracies.

The basic storyline (official) of the third season

This season is based on the Real Tigers book (Slough House #3) by Mick Herron.

This story goes like this. These disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper at Slough House in London. But when one of these “slow horses” is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must act soon to save their colleague. However, the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg, as the game of cat and mouse is set afloat. These slow horses fight back to survive, but do they win?

Great acting backed by a strong and intelligent script

We learnt that it is the television series regular debut of the veteran actor Gary Oldman. And no doubt, Gary (as Jackson Lamb) is at his best playing the role of leader of the washed-up spies. He plays the role of Lamb, who has a filthy hygienic lifestyle, acerbic style of conversation, no-nonsense mannerisms and the brilliant mind of an old spy with aplomb.

Thus, Gary leads the ensemble cast of well-etched characters played by a bunch of good actors, like, Kristin Scott Thomas (Diana Taverner), Jack Lowden (River Cartwright), Saskia Reeves (Catherine Standish), Rosalind Eleazar (Louisa Guy), Christopher Chung (Roddy Ho), Sophie Okonedo (Ingrid Tearney), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Shirley Dander), Kadiff Kirwan (Marcus Longridge), Sope Dirisu (Sean Donovan), Katherine Waterston (Alison Dunn), etc.

Besides, the Lamb, most of the characters (especially the slow horses’ spies) are very well-written. They have their flaws, yet they can charm you with their funny and eccentric acts.

We know that this show is based on the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning British espionage series called the Slough House book series. So, they already have good content for the series. Still, we must praise its writers and directors. They have done very well to adapt these books to churn out strong and intelligent scripts for the screen.

The conclusion

In this age of speed, we liked the fact that this spy show has only six episodes in each season. Therefore, it is easy to consume in one sitting. Or should we admit that we watched its third season on a binge recently? To be honest, we thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns, the ups and downs in this rollercoaster of the ride in this espionage show.

We loved the comedic touch to this spy thriller, where the group of so-called losers become the ultimate winners. We are cheering for these slow horses, any day, in fact, any time.

Rating of the Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series

FM rating4.25/5
FM short commentsThis British spy series has a lot of positive things going for it. Besides the novelty factor in its spy script, we loved the sour humour of Gary Oldman. Other actors in its ensemble cast continue to deliver good performances. And no wonder, we are always rooting for this team of slow horses. Bravo.
FM rating – Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series

Spoilers of this 2023 espionage series from Britain

Peek into the six episodes of the third (2023) season

Strange Games – First Episode (S3, E1)

A romantic relationship in Istanbul ends badly; Lamb hits the panic button when one of his Slow Horses fails to show up for work.

Hard Lessons – Second Episode (S3, E2)

River has to steal something out of the Park to save a life; Lamb realizes a strange game is afoot.

Negotiating With Tigers – Third Episode (S3, E3)

Marcus and Shirley face Lamb’s wrath; River discovers revenge is a dish best-served cold.

Uninvited Guests – Fourth Episode (S3, E4)

Tearney makes a bold move; the Slow Horses assist the Tiger Team, unaware of its hidden agenda; Lamb and Ho take a road trip.

Cleaning Up – Fifth Episode (S3, E5)

Taverner and Tearney face off for control of MI5; River and Louisa find themselves caught in the crossfire.

Footprints – Sixth Episode (S3, E6)

The Slow Horses fight for their lives; Lamb shares some devastating truths with Catherine.

About the upcoming fourth season

It is most likely that the fourth season is based on the Spook Street (Slough House #4) book by Mick Herron. And the brief synopsis of the same goes like this.

A bomb goes off in the middle of a busy shopping center and kills forty innocent civilians. The agents of Slough House have to figure out who is behind this act of terror before the situation escalates.

In addition, we see this clipping in the preview at the end of the season 3 finale, and the conversation goes like this before it ends.

Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman): I am going back to bed.

A female (most likely an MI5 agent): Would you also consider a shower?

Jackson Lamb: Oh, well, that's a tempting offer, but I don't think that's appropriate right now. I mean, apart from anything else, one of my team just died.

However, we do not know, who has died. Maybe we will read the book to find out.

{Bonus News:- The FIFTH season of this SPY series has been approved.}

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Key details of the Slow Horses (S3/2023) Series

GenreDrama, Mystery, Thriller
Original languageEnglish (UK)
Season Third/Three (3rd/III)
EpisodesSix (6)
ReleasedNovember-December 2023
DirectorSaul Metzstein
CastGary Oldman (Jackson Lamb), Kristin Scott Thomas (Diana Taverner), Jack Lowden (River Cartwright), Saskia Reeves (Catherine Standish), Rosalind Eleazar (Louisa Guy), Christopher Chung (Roddy Ho), Sophie Okonedo (Ingrid Tearney), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Shirley Dander), Kadiff Kirwan (Marcus Longridge), Sope Dirisu (Sean Donovan), Katherine Waterston (Alison Dunn), etc.
NetworkApple TV+
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