'Only Murders in the Building' season 3 just got hotter, thanks to Jesse Williams

Here's how the 'Grey's Anatomy' star is connected to Mabel & Co. in 'Only Murders in the Building' season 3

Jesse Williams and Selena Gomez will star in Only Murders in the Building season 3
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*WARNING: Season 2 spoilers ahead*

Our inner sleuth is curious about Only Murders in the Building season 3.

Only Murders in the Building season 2 wrapped up on Tuesday, August 23 with an unexpected appearance from Paul Rudd, who played actor Ben Gilroy. Now we already have a crime to solve for the third season, as the ageless Paul Rudd—err, Gilroy—left as quickly as he appeared. Once again, a murder begs for Mabel, Charles and Oliver's attention.

Rudd, an IRL friend of both Martin Short and Selena Gomez, was the obvious choice for the part, according to co-creator John Hoffman, who spoke to TVLine (opens in new tab) about the finale.

"He seemed like a logical person to go to with a ridiculous request, which was, 'Can you come be in the last five minutes of season 2, potentially with an option to return [for] season 3,' Hoffman told the outlet. 

But it looks like the celebrity cameos don't end there: Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams is joining the season 3 cast in a recurring role, per Deadline (opens in new tab). According to the official character description, the Tony Award nominee will play "a documentarian with a particular interest in the case" that Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez), Charles Haden-Savage (Steven Martin) and Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) are working on. But will Williams' character be a friend or foe to our favorite Upper West Siders?

Allow us to fill you in on what's ahead for Only Murders in the Building season 3—and what really happened to Bunny in season 2.

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'Only Murders in the Building' season 3: what we know

Will Mabel, Charles and Oliver be back for a third go-around? The crime stoppers we never saw coming have found their groove, and it's only fair to keep the fun going after these last eight episodes. Plus, there are a few loose ends in season 2 that certainly need an explanation or two.

On July 11, Hulu execs confirmed just what we were hoping: more drama in the Arconia!

"Only Murders in the Building is the true crown jewel of our slate. Its appeal across generations, the intersection of humor and heart, and its truly original approach are a hallmark of and testament to Dan [Fogelman], John [Hoffman], Steve, Marty and Selena’s work," Craig Erwich, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president, said in a statement. "We are grateful to be able to continue telling the stories of Charles, Oliver and Mabel to viewers that have consistently shown us they crave more of this story."

Where do you think the story will take us next? According to Hoffman, plenty is still TBD. 

"I’m about six weeks into writing with the room for Season 3, and what we have planned is insane and so exciting. It’s also very twisty. We try to check ourselves, like, 'OK, what can we do and how can we do this differently?' and 'What feels like a different take? A fresh take?'"

We can't wait to find out for ourselves!

What happened in 'Only Murders in the Building' season 2?

But before we get caught up in another murder, let's get back to Bunny.

We were left with so many questions about the death of the Arconia board president in the sophomore season, and it only made sense to continue to see how the UWS tragedy unfolded. (Justice for Bunny!) 

Considering Cinda's demure assistant Poppy was responsible for the grouchy old woman's demise—you'll have to catch the finale to find out why—we obviously need more details about that whole scenario. 

Plus, there are new and returning faces that have made themselves comfy in the luxury apartment building—like Amy Schumer—but their character arcs haven't quite played out. And we have a feeling more famous faces will join Jesse Williams and the rest of the cast next season. After all, you never know who you'll bump into on the Arconia elevator. 

Before season 3 drops (a date has yet to be announced), have a look at the best true crime on Netflix (yes, actual true crimes) and explore shows about cults that will leave you in complete, utter shock.

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. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)

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