The residents of post-Katrina New Orleans have been through a lot during the first two seasons of Treme. Aside from the devastating natural disaster that threatened to wipe the vibrant southern city off the map, the aftermath of the destruction that Katrina wrought has been, to put it lightly, chaotic. The bureaucracy of the city is even more inept than before, the police department has turned toward vigilante justice, and there are millions of people still unable to come home. It’d be enough to make anyone go insane, but not these people. Not at all.
The third season of Treme promises to find Janette, Albert, Davis, Annie, and all the rest with high spirits and even higher hopes. The poster for the season (below) reflects defiance in the face of adversity, each character having been through hell and back yet remains standing. The storm didn’t get them and the aftermath of the storm didn’t get them, so they’ve been able to survive more than many would have been able to handle and now, they’re coming out fighting. Katrina won’t be the thing that defines their lives anymore; her spirit lingers in the city and New Orleans may never completely get rid of it, but the characters of Treme have been able to slowly go about rebuilding their lives in the city that once felt like home.
Interestingly, NOLA.com reports that the poster’s theme (Is That All You Got?) will be the title of a song performed by Annie in the season premiere, the episode titled “Knock With Me – Rock With Me”.
The third season of Treme will premiere Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00 on HBO, following Boardwalk Empire. You can check out the third season trailer here, as well as an additional teaser here. To give me your opinions about the poster and all things Treme, head to the TVOvermind Treme discussion forum.
Will you be watching Treme this season? Who do you think will make the most personal progress this season? Who might have to take a couple of steps back before they can get moving again?