Aoi Yu will finally has her debut as the last of the four heroines, as (in real life but may be disputed) Ryoma's lover and no. 1 Geisha in Nagasaki. To make her more interesting, they write her as a secretly practising Christian and spy. The stage has moved to Nagasaki and we will finally see the Sat-Cho Alliance takes effect.
Of course, the much-awaited scene, the Teradaya Incident, where (naked) Oryo saves him and they finally married (no info on whether they will have a honeymoon scene or not). Ryoma will also grow, to become more businessman-like, with new hair, PLUS, boots and pistol. His voice, his way of speech also undergoes some changes, he's the leader now. And of course, they tease us with the hints on future assassination, in which Suzuki-san confirmed Season 4 will have 10 episodes.
Image color of season III is red, Ryoma becomes target of assassins sent by different parties, love triangle between Ryoma, Oryo and the character played by Aoi Yu and honeymoon scene of Ryoma and Oryo will have a surprise scene.
In addition to what River had said, according to Suzuki-san, Aoi Yuu's character Omoto will be written in to the love triangle with Ryoma & Oryo. Season 3 also covers the set-up of the Kameyama Shachū and the 2nd Choshu expedition. Beside all his new gear, Ryoma will wear a shirobakama (most formal type of hakama), Omoto's character will be given a lot of emphasis as a revolutionist, new scenes include sponge cake-baking in the Kameyama Shachū, Yataro being caught by the Shinsengumi in Kyoto, Ryoma's proposal to Oryo. Plus the love tirangle as Ryoma and Kondo Isami compete for Oryo. The Teradaya incident will be given special emphasis. The honeymoon will shot on location (and there will ba a surprise scene.....) Suzuki-san then talks about Masha and his growth in the role. Something about sleep and his other jobs? (not sure about this part) Praise at bringing it all together. And that he went drinking with his co-stars. It seems Season 3 will start to lay the ground for the build-up to the assassination.
Why bother with love triangle? Oryo's heart and every woman's heart is set on Ryoma. I quite prefer a octagon love triangle, get every female character in here and Ryoma right smack in the middle!
And by the way, Masha looks extremely tired in the following pictures.
And imagine this; Season 3 will start off with Ryoma and none of his childhood friends from Season 1! How depressing!
NHK Stera cover of the Season 3 look