‘Outer Banks’ Season 3 Finale Explained: What Happened? End-shutdown

This story contains spoilers for the end of the third season of external banks.

you can always count on external banks to keep you guessing, and the third season was no exception. In this round, the OBX crew found themselves stranded on a deserted island while searching for John B’s father and El Dorado, the lost city of gold. Their search got significantly more complicated when outside forces threatened to ruin everything, but you know, is that really something new for them? After watching ten episodes of car chases, kidnappings, and shootouts, I think it’s safe to say that these are the bravest, if not the craziest, kids on TV.

Regardless, after ten intense episodes, the team’s journey finally came to an end, but not without some twists and turns. If you’re not up to speed yet, you may be wondering: did they find the missing gold? More importantly, did everyone make it out alive? Find out below as we break down another explosive OBX season finale.

John B and Sarah find El Dorado

In a shocking turn of events, Ward flies Sarah, John B, and the rest of the gang to South America in his private jet. Ward is also staying for the trip, but more on that later. When they arrive, the group’s main goal is to find John B’s father, Big John, who has been kidnapped by Carlos Singh, a bloodthirsty bounty hunter. When they find it, Big John tells his son that he discovered the route to the treasure. They then break free and take Sarah for a ride. But before leaving, Singh shoots Big John and threatens to kill them all.

John B and Sarah arrive at El Dorado and secure a bag full of gold, but as they leave, Singh appears and threatens to kill them. In a wild turn of events, Big John pulls out a bomb (because of course he carried one!) and uses it to kill Singh and destroy the ancient city once and for all.

Ward and Big John kick the bucket

After Big John, John B, and Sarah make it out of El Dorado, another plot twist occurs. Ward and one of Singh’s henchmen appear out of nowhere. Ward wants to kill Big John, and the henchmen want to kill Sarah. During the confrontation, the rest of the OBX squad arrive and try to save their friends, but they are no match for the henchmen’s weapon. Sarah is nearly killed, but just before she is to be shot, Ward steps in front of her and attacks the gunman. Then he and the gunman fall off a cliff.

Moments later, the crew notice that Big John has lost a ton of blood. They transport him out of the jungle to a boat, where he then dies in the arms of John B. After seeing the gold, he tells his son how proud he is and passes away. John B, Sarah, and their friends then make memorials for Big John and Ward and travel back home.

There’s a new treasure hunt in the works, naturally.

At the end of the episode, there is a time jump of 18 months. The OBX crew is being celebrated by their city for solving the mystery and finding El Dorado. but fair Just when you think her story is coming to an end, a man shows up with a proposal. He introduces himself to the group and shows them a mysterious captain’s log from 1718 that belonged to a pirate named Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. “I’d look into it myself, but I’m too old,” he says. “I need partners, and you all were first on my list.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the perfect setup for Season 4. Pogues for life, indeed.

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Bria McNeal is a journalist from Manhattan who is patiently waiting for the revival of B5. When she’s not writing about all things entertainment, she can be found watching TV or trying to get something done (probably at the same time). Her work has been featured in NYLON, Refinery29, InStyle and her personal newsletter, StirCrazy.

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