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La Brea’s Natalie Zea to Have a Sharply Reduced Presence in Final Season (Exclusive)

At the close of La Brea Season 2, Eve disappeared.

And original cast member Natalie Zea nearly will, too.

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Sources tell TVLine that the La Brea front woman will have a significantly reduced presence in the NBC drama’s six-episode farewell season, which kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, at 9/8c.

When last we tuned into La Brea, a “back-up” portal that potentially could have sent everyone stuck in 10,000 B.C. back to present-day L.A. malfunctioned due to damage caused by the stray bullets of a gunfight. As everyone made a dash for the chamber’s exit, Eve wound up trapped behind a heavy, locked door. Then, when the glitchy portal violently pulsed, Eve blipped! away to somewhere/somewhen — setting the stage, in retrospect, for Zea’s limited Season 3 screen time.

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In La Brea‘s Season 3 opener, which is titled “Sierra,” Gavin (played by Eoin Macken) will discover a clue about where Eve has gone, though following that lead only will result in only more unfortunate consequences.

Might a happy ending — possibly even a long-sought homecoming — eventually await the Harris fam as La Brea winds down? Showrunner David Appelbaum did tell TVLine at the end of last season, “This is a show about getting home. They’re never going to lose their desire to do that.”

And Zea, we hear, filmed her handful of Season 3 scenes in Los Angeles, having never returned to the sci-fi series’ set down in Australia.

NBC declined to comment for this story.

Are you disappointed to hear that Zea/Eve will have such a minimal presence in La Brea‘s third and final season?

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