The third season of Lupin on Netflix features a more nuanced and emotionally resonant exploration of the relationship between Assane Diop and Claire. Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) eventually discovers throughout the season that Assane (Omar Sy) is still alive, even though it seems like he was killed in Season 2. As Claire learns of Assane’s ongoing presence, the emotional tension increases, setting off a sequence of events that ultimately determine how their relationship is resolved.
Claire’s search for evidence of Assane’s survival has defined her path of discovery. She goes to see Assane’s devoted friend and accomplice, Benjamin, who is incarcerated and says Assane told her everything. Benjamin eventually admits that Assane is still alive when pressed. When Claire realizes that the man coaching Raoul’s basketball team is actually Assane in disguise, her realization grows.
The season teases a potential love reunion between Assane and Claire, playing with viewers’ expectations. But in a heartbreaking turn of events, Assane chooses wisely and selflessly in the closing moments of Season 3. Assane keeps his word to Guedira and reports himself in to the police, refusing to travel with Claire, Raoul, and his mother out of Paris.
Claire buys four train tickets for herself, Raoul (Etan Simon), Assane’s mother Mariama, and Benjamin (Antoine Gouy), who ends up meeting them at the train station rather than Assane. Assane’s choice highlights his dedication to justice and his loved ones’ protection over his own happiness and complicates their relationship.
Assane freely enters prison at the end of the season, leaving Claire and his family to go without him. Assane’s decision is a reflection of his inner conflict and his realization that sometimes accepting the consequences is what’s best for everyone. Although Assane and Claire do not have a romantic relationship in Season 3, the story leaves open the possibility of one in the future.
Assane and Claire’s relationship is unresolved, which implies that the story is not finished and leaves room for them to get back together romantically in the seasons. Viewers are left feeling both satisfied with the closure and excited about Assane and Claire’s relationship’s potential future developments because of the emotional depth and complexity of their connection, which adds mystery to the series. In keeping the audience engaged in the characters’ journey, Lupin Season 3 keeps the door open for fresh turns in the characters’ personal lives, just like the entire series does.