In the latest chapter of George Kay’s Lupin series, Assane Diop, portrayed by Omar Sy, orchestrates his fake demise to protect his family. However, he is reluctantly drawn back into the world of crime when his mother, Mariama (played by Naky Sy Savane), is kidnapped by a formidable adversary from his past. Constrained into executing heists against his will, Assane leverages his extensive knowledge of literary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin and his skill for disguises to amass a thieves’ ransom comprising stolen pearls, paintings, and bracelets.
The season adheres to the established Lupin formula, featuring clever heists and intricate timelines. Yet, the plot takes a foreboding turn in the final moments, reshaping the context of the preceding episodes.
A noteworthy development this season is the collaboration between Officer Youssef Guédira (portrayed by Soufiane Guerrab), also known as the Ganimard to Assange’s Lupin. They join forces to confront a mutual adversary, paying homage to Maurice Leblanc’s Lupin adventure “The Red Silk Scarf.” Guédira, previously at odds with Assane, gains vital information about Assane’s fake death and enlists his assistance in rescuing Mariama from her captors. Assane realizes that this abduction is not a random act but a meticulously planned act of vengeance by Jean-Luc Keller, a criminal from Assane’s past who once ran a boxing ring where Assane spent his youth.
To secure Mariama’s release, Assane is compelled to undertake various heists, including the theft of a Manet painting purportedly stolen from a Boston museum over two decades ago. Assane entices Guédira to join him by promising the return of a stolen painting and the opportunity to emulate Lupin himself, resulting in some of the season’s standout moments.
However, their partnership doesn’t imply equality, as Assane engineers Guédira’s arrest by the police, including his skeptical partner, Sofia Belkacem (played by Shirine Boutella).
The season’s climax revolves around dismantling Keller by turning his loved ones against him. Keller had previously driven a wedge between Assane and his childhood friend Bruno, even forcing Assane to betray his accomplice Benjamin Ferel, resulting in his imprisonment.
Assane reconnects with Manon, Keller’s lover and second-in-command, persuading her to assist in luring Keller to the Arc de Triomphe. Assane exposes Keller’s manipulation and conditional love, leading to a reckoning.
Throughout the season, the Black Pearl, a significant artifact in Arsène Lupin’s legacy, plays a pivotal role. Part 3 commences and concludes with the Black Pearl, symbolizing fascination and energy, which Assange had unsuccessfully attempted to steal in a prior heist. He ultimately orchestrates a clever switch involving the pearl, ensuring the downfall of his adversaries.
As the season draws to a close, Assane is compelled to surrender himself to secure the safety and freedom of his family. He negotiates Ben’s release and arranges for his family—Ben, Mariama, Claire, and Raoul—to embark on a new life. In a poignant farewell, Assane embraces a prison sentence, setting the stage for an unforeseen turn of events.
The final twist entails a message received by Assane in prison, accompanied by a Polaroid depicting his younger self engrossed in a Lupin novel. The message hints at someone orchestrating Assange’s imprisonment, suggesting the involvement of a persistent adversary.
This adversary is revealed to be Hubert Pellegrini, responsible for framing and causing the death of Assane’s father, Babakar. Pellegrini had been the target of Assane’s vendetta in the preceding parts. The ambiguous conclusion leaves us with a sense of apprehension, implying that Pellegrini may be accountable for Assane’s current predicament.
In a closing montage, we witness the expressions of Assane’s family at the train station, particularly Mariama’s, underscoring the emotional complexity of the situation.