‘Outer Banks’ Season 3 Ending Explained: What Happened?

‘Outer Banks’ Season 3 Ending Explained: What Happened?

This story contains spoilers for the Season three final of External banks.

You can always count on External banks to keep you guessing, and season three was no exception. This lap, 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 considerably complicated when outside forces threatened to ruin everything, but you know, is this really anything new for them? After watching ten episodes of car chases, kidnappings, and shootings, I think it’s safe to say these are the bravest – or maybe the craziest – kids on television.

Either way, after ten intense episodes, the team’s journey finally came to an end, not without some twists and turns. If you haven’t caught up yet, you might be wondering: did they find the lost 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 surprising turn of events, Ward takes 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. Upon their arrival, the main objective of the group 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 has discovered the route to the treasure. Then they break free and take Sarah with them. But before they leave, Singh shoots Big John and threatens to kill them all.

John B and Sarah go to El Dorado and secure a bag full of gold, but on the way out Singh shows up and threatens to kill them. In a crazy turn of events, Big John pulls out a bomb – because, of course, he packed one! – and uses it to kill Singh and destroy the ancient city once and for all.

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Ward and Big John kick the bucket

After Big John, John B, and Sarah exit 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 goons want to kill Sarah. During the confrontation, the rest of the OBX team arrives and tries to save their friends, but they are no match for the henchmen’s weapon. Sarah nearly dies, but just before she is shot, Ward steps in front of her and tackles the shooter. Then he and the shooter fall off a cliff.

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

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

At the end of the episode, there is an 18 month time jump. The OBX team is celebrated by their town for solving the mystery and finding El Dorado. But just when you think their 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, otherwise known as Blackbeard. “I would investigate myself, but I’m too long in the tooth,” he says. “I need partners, and you were all first on my list.”

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

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Bria McNeal is a Manhattan-based journalist patiently awaiting the rebirth of B5. When she’s not writing about all things entertainment, she can be found watching TV or trying to DIY something (probably at the same time). Her work has been published in NYLON, Refinery29, InStyle and her personal newsletter, StirCrazy.

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