Warning: This article contains spoilers for the third season of Emily in Paris. If you are Francophile/Emily in Paris obsessive, you will know that Emily (Lily Collins) has gotten into a rather complicated love triangle at the end of the second season. So, the big question for the third season is who will emily end up with: Alfie or Gabriel?
In season two, Emily was still dealing with her feelings for Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), a dreamy French chef who is in a relationship with Emily’s friend Camille (Camille Razat). They first slept together at the end of the first season, unbeknownst to them. Camila, and Emily’s feelings for him continue into the second season. Meanwhile, during French class, emily she meets Alfie, a very attractive British banker, and they are reluctantly paired up for an assignment. After much banter, they end up sleeping together, but in the meantime, it’s clear that Emily still has feelings for Gabriel. So who does she end up with? With the third season dropping on Netflix on December 21, 2022, here’s everything you need to know about Emily’s messy love life.
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Those who are Team Alfie will be pleased to know that, not too far from season three, Emily chooses her hot Brit Alfie over Gabriel. The star-crossed former lovers agree that they have to end their romance. “Emily, we can’t keep doing this,” Gabriel tells her in the first episode of the third season. “I am with Camille and you are with Alife. And Alfie is great. I like him and I like you.
But Alfie doesn’t seem so sure he has Emily’s undivided attention as he plans his return to London. There are still conflicts between her priorities, particularly Emily’s lack of work-life balance, and she decides to throw her a going-away party to make sure she still feels loved. She just so happens to coincide with a dinner party to introduce Sylvie to a new client and when Madeleine shows up at the same meeting and goes into labor, shit hits the proverbial fan.
Emily arrives at Alfie’s party with only a few minutes to spare. She is disappointed. “I get it, your career means a lot to you,” she tells him. “No, you mean a lot to me,” she replies. If that’s true, he asks why she hasn’t made plans to visit him in London (which, to her information, is only two hours away by train) and she says she hasn’t decided yet. “Yes, I think you have… Not choosing is still an option,” says Alfie, quoting the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. He leaves for London, and when Emily sends him a text, he barely responds, being guarded and blaming a “new job” for how busy he’s been.
In the second episode of the third series, things get even more complicated between Madeleine, the head of Savoir, and Sylvie, who has parted ways with Savoir to start her own marketing agency. While Savoir’s clients are loyal to Sylvie, she is unable to handle her accounts at her new company due to a non-compete clause in her contract, and Madeleine threatens legal action if she attempts to do so.
Meanwhile, Emily is shocked by the news that Alfie’s new job is as Antoine’s CFO. And that he stays in Paris. He apologizes for not telling her and they meet for dinner to discuss his future. Alfie explains how he ended up working with Antoine: “I spent a lot of time with him at my going-away party that you missed,” he says, adding that he “was picking up the clues” that he and Emily weren’t there. ‘t on the same page. Emily apologizes for making him feel abandoned. “I didn’t make this up, I exposed myself and you left me hanging,” she tells him. He interrupts dinner, kisses her on the cheek, and leaves.
When Emily returns to her apartment, mindy he blurts out that Alfie has been in Paris all this time, a fact apparently known to everyone except Emily herself. She reflects on how wrong she was in not reciprocating Alfie’s feelings and says, “now he’s really hurt and completely shut down.” Mindy begins to sing the lyrics to “Alfie”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David but made famous by Dionne Warwick. “What’s it about, Alfie?” she begins jokingly. “What’s this all about, when you fix it, Alfie?” Emily confesses that she hasn’t heard the song, but she admits that she deserves the silent treatment from him. “I didn’t realize what I had until I lost it.” Mindy disagrees. “No, no, he’s hurt, but that doesn’t mean you lost him,” she explains. “But you really have to put yourself back out there if you want it back.”
That night, Gabriel, Camille, and Emily go to see Mindy sing in a performance by the river as part of the Fête de la Musique, a Parisian celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Alfie shows up, apparently invited by Gabriel, who greets him first. Emily confronts him. “So, I was thinking that you were right. I wasn’t giving you everything you deserve and after you left all I could think about was how much I miss you and how wrong I was.” He interrupts her, saying that she’s had a long day and that he’d rather just enjoy the music. It is here that Emily devises a grand gesture to get Alfie back.
After Mindy thanks the crowd, Emily takes the stage and begins singing the lyrics to “Alfie” in a declaration of her feelings for him. It works and Alfie joins her on stage; they kiss and embrace in a romantic embrace. Episode three opens with a shot of Emily and Alfie in bed, their relationship having revitalized. There you have it. Emily and Alfie are one thing again, though Samuel Arnold, who plays the brash and opinionated Julien, doesn’t think this was the wisest choice. “Personally, I think you should take a break from dating,” he told StyleCaster. “She needs to decide where to live, be stable at work, and then focus on healthy relationships because nothing that’s going on right now is healthy. That is my personal opinion.”
Emily in Paris Seasons one, two, and three are now available on Netflix.
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