Does Emily stay in Paris or go home to Chicago in season 3 of 'Emily in Paris'?

Miss Cooper has some decisions to make and one could send her home for good. Does Emily stay in Paris?

Does Emily stay in Paris? Lily Collins as Emily in episode 303 of Emily in Paris
(Image credit: Netflix)

Does Emily stay in Paris, or should we say "Bon voyage?" 

When we first catch up with Miss Cooper (Lily Collins) in Emily in Paris season 3, she's taking in the Parisian skyline atop the Eiffel Tower, debating her next career move while Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and Madeline (Kate Walsh) duke it out for her employment.

Although the opening scene is just a nightmare, in reality (well, on the show at least) Emily does need to make a decision about whether to stay with the woman who mentored her—which means moving back home—or take on a new career opportunity with Madeline's rival, all while remaining in Paris.

To make matters all the more difficult, she's at a crossroads in her romantic life as well—everyone's asking, "Who does Emily end up with, Alfie or Gabriel?"—and venturing back to the states could potentially alter everything. But what is the Netflix rom-com without a little confusion? 

Emily and Madeline packing up and leaving the office in Emily in Paris season 3

(Image credit: Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2022)

Does Emily stay in Paris or go home to Chicago?

You can breathe easy, Emily in Paris fans: our heroine remains in the City of Lights. (Emily in Chicago doesn't quite have the same ring to it, now does it?)

Despite a few career snafus, a brief stint of unemployment and a few visa issues, our favorite ex-pat ultimately makes the decision to stay abroad, but you'll have to tune in to the third season to see how Emily fares juggling two jobs at the same time. 

We won't give away too much in the career department for those who have yet to marathon the new season, but we will tell you this: there's a bit of flip-flopping, a surprise from Alfie and a professional rival that is getting comfortable in Emily's personal life, which makes things a little awkward, to say the least. (No hints, folks!) 

Despite the challenges, Collins is all for Emily's struggles—it's what makes the character unique.  

"As a woman in the workplace, I was really excited to play a character who is unapologetically herself, unapologetically work-driven and in love with herself, in love with love, in love with her job in a way that just felt genuine and true," the actor said during an appearance on The View (opens in new tab)

If there's one thing we have to say about the fictional marketing expert, it's that she's very good at what she does, even when challenges arise and she hears the word "no." (You did see her cut her bangs at home in a moment of panic, right?) 

Since she decides to remain in the French capital, that also means she's continuing her relationship with Alfie (Lucien Laviscount)...or does it? Though the two seem to care for one another, it's obvious that there are lingering feelings for Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), despite his relationship with Camille (Camille Razat). 

Throughout the third installment, viewers are treated to ups and downs—and surprises—that make Emily's interactions all the more interesting and, yes, confusing. But we're enjoying Emily sorting it all out while we're along for the ride...even if the closest thing we have to Paris right now is a croissant from the coffee shop. 

Emily in Paris season 3 is available to streaming on Netflix.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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