The latter would make it seven years since series 2 aired and, as it turns out, that's all part of the plan. Speaking to Radio Times, writer Sally Wainwright revealed that the show will follow real life and be set seven years after the last time we saw Catherine Cawood.
She teased: "I think it's going to be good. I think it's going to be exciting. We've got some very good stories.
"Everyone's back – all the characters you'd expect to see are back. We're seven years on. The plan was to wait for Ryan to be older so that he can make his own choices about whether he wants to have contact with his dad or not. So it really explores that."
Although the six-episode third and final series might be a while off yet, the synopsis for it has officially been released, giving us an idea of what we can expect.
It reads: "When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir it sparks a chain of events that unwittingly leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce.
"Her grandson Ryan is now sixteen and still living with Catherine, but he has ideas of his own about what kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father. Still battling the seemingly never-ending problem of drugs in the valley and those who supply them, Catherine is on the cusp of retirement."
Happy Valley will return to BBC One.
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