The third season of Outer Banks closes up the major plotlines and establishes the future as The Pogues’ current journey to El Dorado comes to a finish with a large treasure hunt and significant deaths. Outer Banks returns to Netflix over two years after the last season’s release to continue where season 2 left off.
Following a failed attempt to obtain the Cross of Santo Domingo, The Pogues’ quest to get home puts them right in the center of the hunt for the fabled city of El Dorado. The Cameron family is battling for legacy, John B and Big John’s reunion, and the Pogues’ budding romances are all part of the difficult path.
The plotlines of Outer Banks season 3 come together in the finale, which is mostly set in South America and centers on the rumored location of El Dorado. This does not come without yet another classic treachery by Ward Cameron, and the new antagonist Carlos Singh loses his life in search of the gold treasures.
Outer Banks season 3’s major goal, which for a brief moment seems to be a place that might bring the show’s finale, ends with more catastrophes. Yet, since season 4 has already been confirmed, it is obvious how the final scene sets up the Pogues’ upcoming treasure search. Here is a detailed analysis of the conclusion, deaths, and season 4 setup of Outer Banks.
What Happened to the El Dorado Gold?
An 18-month flash forward occurs at the episode’s conclusion. The 500-year-old missing treasures of El Dorado have been found, and the Pogues have returned to their native OBX and are now hailed as heroes. The museum is subsequently given the gold and the gnomon.
The Pogues have adjusted to life at home as well. Pope has left for college, Kiara is protecting turtles, and JJ purchased the charter boat. The surf store is presently owned and operated by John B. and Sarah. A man who has been pleased by the group’s work approaches them at the celebration.
He now wants to pay them to assist him in locating further lost riches. He presents them with a ship’s captain’s log from 1718. Edward Teach also referred to as Blackbeard, is the captain in question. Yes, the Pogues will embark on another expedition in season 4 when they officially become treasure seekers.
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Outer Banks Season 3 Ending Explained
Everyone is gathered at Tres Rochas, Mexico, the largest town nearby the Orinoco Valley (unrelated to the Enya song), where everyone believes El Dorado, the fabled lost city of gold, is located, at the beginning of the episode. Sarah’s villainous father, Ward (Charles Esten), together with Pope and Cleo is traveling on a private jet with John B and Sarah.
Because of what he did at the end of season one, Sarah sends Ward away so that he won’t get in the way of the group recovering their riches. and season two, as well as season three (spoiler alert). Big John (Charles Halford), the father of John B, is being kept hostage by Carlos Singh (Andy McQueen), a wicked rich guy, and his henchmen so that he can decipher a gnomon that will reveal the location of the treasure.
After JJ freed Kiara from a wilderness camp, the two of them boarded a drug-smuggling plane and flew south of the border. (This season did indeed have it all!) As they return to the OBX, they are told inexplicably that JJ owes drug dealer Barracuda Mike (Justin Matthew Smith) a significant debt.
The group locates Big John by, well, simply loitering on the street and overhearing him argue with Singh’s security guys. While searching for Big John, Pope, and Cleo come across JJ and Kiara. How? just by loitering on the street. Why do detectives work when the situation is ideal?
Ward is waiting for John B when they get on their boat to travel upriver in search of El Dorado. They nevertheless take him aboard the boat even though he has attempted to kill every single person on the wharf because Singh is on their trail and they have to flee right now.
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When they arrive at their destination, however, Ward is too hurt to continue the arduous journey through the jungle. In the event that Singh arrives, he promises to wait behind and send up a flare. They placed the gnomon, which is a fancy name for a statue, in the proper location after an arduous journey through the mountains.
As a result of the full moon, light enters the shrine that they discovered and, upon striking the gnomon, writes out the way to El Dorado like some type of prehistoric Google Maps. Singh and his men show up just as they’re about to leave and demand to know where the treasure is.
Although Ward saves them and is not nearly as hurt as he appeared to be, Sarah grabs a gun and threatens to shoot him if he doesn’t leave them alone. They all believe they were spared harm, but Big John is hindered by a bullet wound to the abdomen. Sarah, John B, and Big John arrive at a network of caves, but it’s a dead end.
Till Sarah discovers fish in the water at the cave’s bottom. More water must be present someplace. She also notices a hand with a hole underneath, one of the symbols the gnomon mentioned. Big John sends Sarah and John B down into the hole to investigate what is on the other side since he is too hurt to continue. I’m hoping they have decent breath control.
They only have three flares left when they cross over and begin to solve the gnomon’s puzzles once they arrive. They were instructed to seek out something that never shuts up and always speaks. When the wind passes through a rock opening, it makes a moaning sound.
They think of the final clue that a persistent seeker can notice in the dark when they believe they have reached another dead end. When they ignite their flare, they discover a shimmering phosphorescent handprint on the cave wall. The entire thing unlocks when one puts on the handprint.
They do discover the city of gold, but it is actually a glowing gold mine with football-sized gold nuggets, not a city. They cram as much as they can into John B’s backpack before returning to the group to announce their discovery of the riddle. Singh is waiting for them when they get out of the water, holding the two of them at gunpoint.
Then, Big John appears from hiding carrying a dynamite stick. He threatens to blast the entire cave to pieces until Singh lets the kids out. Singh believes Big John is playing a bluff, preferring to see the results of his lifelong pursuit to save his son, but he is mistaken. When Big John tosses the Explosives, they flee the cave, and everything collapses.
When they emerge from the cave, Ward is waiting for them, threatening to take all the gold while holding them at gunpoint. When the remaining Pogues show up with their machetes, they order Ward to put down his rifle. Singh’s guard Ryan (Lou Ferrigno, Jr.) thinks that since his boss is dead, he deserves the money as if there weren’t already enough threats.
Ryan shoots Ward three times before attacking him and sends them both flying down a cliff in an effort to save his daughter. The survivors board the boat and return to town, but Big John, who had lost too much blood, passes away in John B’s arms as they travel from El Dorado.
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