‘Jamestown’ season 3 brings riches and rivalry

Imagine beginning a new life in a whole new world.

In its first season, “Jamestown” followed three women as they wrestled with the challenges of creating a new life in a beautiful, forbidding land. In the 17th century, on the edge of the breathtaking but untamed Virginian wilderness, sits the English colony of Jamestown. Season 3 arrives on Arizona PBS on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m.

The settlement barely survived its first decade but is on the brink of change thanks to the arrival of a new governor, Sir George Yeardley, and 90 so-called “maids to make brides” – an attempt from the presiding Virginia Company to establish the town as a prosperous place for all. Yeardley also brings with him a charter, granting land to the earliest settlers in reward for their loyalty, but new laws cause power struggles within the town and with the native inhabitants.

By 1619, a dozen years after men founded the colony of Jamestown, women arrive from England duty-bound to marry the men that have paid for their passage. Among the women are Alice, Verity and Jocelyn, who arrived at the beginning of Season 1 with little idea of what the future holds or the disruption they are about to bring to the settlement.

As Season 3 begins, it’s boom time in Jamestown, and Virginia promises riches and freedom. But old feuds remain, leading to a revenge plot, a tyrannical leader, and a clash between the English and Pamunkey. These conflicts will shape the New World for centuries to come.

Download the PBS app to watch all seasons of “Jamestown” on your own schedule via Arizona PBS Passport.

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