|Created by||Pedro Aguilera|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|Original language(s)||Brazilian Portuguese|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||38–49 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Boutique Filmes|
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD)|
|Original release||November 25, 2016 –|
3% is a Brazilian dystopian thriller web television series created by Pedro Aguilera, starring João Miguel and Bianca Comparato. Developed from a 2009 independent pilot episode, it is the first Portuguese-language Netflix original series and the second non-English production, after the Spanish-language series Club de Cuervos.
The series is set in an unspecified future when 20-year-old individuals of the impoverished "Inland" have the single opportunity to complete "The Process" and advance to the affluence of the distant "Offshore" society. While most of the unsuccessful candidates are simply eliminated, some fail to survive, leading to only 3% of the candidates succeeding.
The first season, consisting of 8 episodes, became available on Netflix worldwide on November 25, 2016. In December 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which was released on April 27, 2018, consisting of 10 episodes. In June 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, consisting of 8 episodes, which was released on June 7, 2019. In August 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth and final season.
Cast and characters
- João Miguel as Ezequiel, the head of the Process. He is intense, mysterious, short-tempered, and conflicted by ideal extremes. (seasons 1–2)
- Bianca Comparato as Michele Santana, a smart and sly young woman who has a very strong sense of justice. She has no family and was raised by her brother, who did not return after being sent to the Process.
- Michel Gomes as Fernando Carvalho, raised by his father, who fostered in him the singular purpose of passing the Process. A wheelchair user, Fernando is disdained by some candidates who do not believe in his chances to successfully complete the Process. (seasons 1–2)
- Rodolfo Valente as Rafael Moreira, egocentric, selfish, sarcastic, and willing to do anything to pass, even cheat. He hides his mysteries and believes the ends justify the means.
- Vaneza Oliveira as Joana Coelho, an orphan who survived on her own at the margins of society, on the streets of the Inland. Intelligent and capable, she interacts with few other candidates and shows little interest in the Process.
- Rafael Lozano as Marco Álvares, from a family known to always pass the Process and who are waiting for him in the Offshore. (seasons 1, 3; recurring season 2)
- Viviane Porto as Aline, a young and ambitious employee of the Council, with the mission to overthrow Ezequiel and become the next head of the Process. (season 1; guest season 2)
- Samuel de Assis as Silas, a compassionate Inland doctor, but also a member of the Cause. (season 2)
- Cynthia Senek as Glória, Fernando's close friend. (seasons 2–3)
- Laila Garin as Marcela Álvares, the new head of security, and later, the head of the Process. (seasons 2–3)
- Bruno Fagundes as André Santana, Michele's brother and the first Offshore citizen to commit a murder. (seasons 2–3)
- Thais Lago as Elisa, a doctor in the Offshore and Rafael's girlfriend. (seasons 2–3)
- Amanda Magalhães as Natália (season 3; recurring season 2)
- Léo Belmonte as Arthur Moreira, Rafael's younger brother. (season 3)
- Fernando Rubro as Xavier (season 3)
- Mel Fronckowiak as Júlia, Ezequiel's wife and an employee of the Process, who ends up being depressed and in doubt about her actions. (season 1; guest season 2)
- Sérgio Mamberti as Matheus, a member of the Council. (season 1)
- Zezé Motta as Nair, a member of the Council who serves as a friend to Ezequiel.
- Celso Frateschi as the Old Man, the founder of the Cause. (seasons 1–2)
- Luciana Paes as Cássia, head of security for the Process. She is extremely loyal to Ezequiel. (seasons 1–2)
- Dárcio de Oliveira as Antônio, a spiritual leader and Fernando's father. (seasons 1–2; guest season 3)
- Luana Tanaka as Ágata, a candidate in Michele's group. (season 1)
- Roberta Calza as Ivana (seasons 1–2; guest season 3)
- Rita Batata as Denise (season 1)
- Leonardo Garcez as Daniel (season 1; guest season 2)
- Clarissa Kiste as Luciana (season 1)
- Júlio Silvério as Otávio (season 1)
- Thiago Amaral as Álvaro (season 1; guest season 2)
- César Gouvêa as César (season 1)
- Geraldo Rodrigues as Geraldo (season 1)
- Ediana Souza as Camila (season 1; guest season 2)
- Fernanda Vasconcellos as Laís (season 2; guest season 3)
- Maria Flor as Samira (season 2)
- Silvio Guindane as Vítor (season 2; guest season 3)
- Marina Matheus as Ariel (season 2; guest season 3)
- Guilherme Zanella as Tadeu (season 3)
- Kaique de Jesus as Ricardo (season 3)
- Rafael Losso as Otávio Bernardes (season 3)
- Ney Matogrosso as Leonardo (season 3)
|1||8||November 25, 2016|
|2||10||April 27, 2018|
|3||8||June 7, 2019|
Season 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Chapter 01: Cubes"||César Charlone||Pedro Aguilera||November 25, 2016|
|Far in the future, the majority of the population lives in poverty (the Inland), while those in the Offshore live in virtual paradise. Every year, each 20 year old has a chance of getting to the Offshore through a series of tests called "the Process", but only 3% make it. Michele is one of them, entering with her best friend Bruna. The head of the Process, Ezequiel, is observed by an Offshore woman named Aline. The first test is an interview, after which one candidate commits suicide out of frustration for failing. Fernando wonders if he will pass because he is in a wheelchair, but he does. After being placed into groups, a candidate named Joana notices another candidate, Rafael, has faked his registration. The second test is for each person to assemble nine cubes out of a collection of complex blocks. Rafael cheats, stealing a cube from another, but Ezequiel allows him to pass. Michele only has eight, but Fernando puts them all together to make a ninth, allowing them both to pass. Joana makes eleven cubes. Later Michele and Bruna are led to the back, as the Offshore suspects one of them is an infiltrated mole for a revolutionary group known as "the Cause". Michele convinces Bruna to attack the interrogator and Bruna is killed. The testers then assume that Bruna was the mole, although in fact it was Michele, who breaks down in tears for having caused her friend's death.|
|2||2||"Chapter 02: Coins"||Daina Giannecchini & Jotagá Crema||Cássio Koshikumo & Denis Nielsen||November 25, 2016|
|When physically examined, Fernando is told that his legs can be healed at the Offshore, but he tells Michele he wishes to remain in his wheelchair, as his life would not be the same without it. The third test is a fake crime scene set in the Offshore. The group must figure out what happened here. At first it appears that the dummy woman is simply choking, but Fernando believes the choking woman was poisoned. The group agrees, but Rafael points out the clues are misleading, and the woman is actually having an allergic reaction to silver. Fernando eventually agrees, and they pass with Rafael's theory. Aline tracks down Ezequiel, who disappears for the fourth test. The next test involves voting who in the group will be kicked out; the winners take a coin to prove that they are moving on. Despite arguments, Marco suggests they draw scarf lengths to remain the most fair. Joana draws the shortest scarf but never returned her coin to the bag, stealing what should have been Lucas' spot.|
|3||3||"Chapter 03: Corridor"||Dani Libardi||Ivan Nakamura & Denis Nielsen||November 25, 2016|
|The group must walk down a dark corridor together, but a gas is released that causes hallucinations. Everyone sees something different, but Joana is able to escort them all to the other side, passing the test. After being shown to their dorms for the night, Fernando and Michele share a kiss. Despite the effects being meant to wear off, Ágata continues to hallucinate, and tries to kill Joana, but Rafael intervenes. Meanwhile, Ezequiel is shown to have been sneaking out to see a young boy named Augusto who lives in the Inland. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Joana accidentally killed a gangster's son, which prompted her to fake a registration as well in order to be allowed in the process and evade retaliation. Rafael notices her fake registration, and the two blackmail each other. When Augusto sneaks in and is almost caught by Aline, Ezequiel tells him to never come back. When they all wake up the next morning, Joana realizes the exits have been blocked, trapping the candidates inside the dorms.|
|4||4||"Chapter 04: Gateway"||Jotagá Crema||Cássio Koshikumo, Ivan Nakamura & Jotagá Crema||November 25, 2016|
|The candidates begin trapped in the dorms still. While looking for a way out, Marco reflects on his family history, as each of them have successfully passed the Process and made it to the Offshore. He organizes everyone to get food and pass the test, and the group succeeds with ease. Ezequiel is displeased that they all have passed, and he decides to modify the test, no longer sending food to see how the candidates react. Eventually, Marco and some other men fashion weapons out of the beds to pry open the gate, and when they realize that there's no way out, they (notably Marco) assume that the test will be a survival of the fittest type with limited supplies. The group of men then attack the others who sat around rather than trying to pry the gate, stealing their food and taking them prisoner. Marco loses it as the candidates try to hide food, killing a girl. Meanwhile Michele and friends build a barricade to keep Marco's group out, while Joana escapes from the test by climbing a vent. Ezequiel meets her and explains that only she can stop the test, as he will not. Joana returns, freeing the people whom Marco subjected. Everyone violently attacks Marco's group, beating and presumably killing a few. The gates open and the prisoners escape, minus everyone in Marco's group. Marco attempts to flee, but the door catches him, presumably killing him or seriously maiming him; either way, he is eliminated. Meanwhile, Aline is caught snooping through Ezequiel's things, and it is revealed that Rafael attempted the Process last year and failed, before stealing the registry of his unconscious brother to take the Process for a second time. He also reveals to Michele that he is a mole for the Cause as well.|
|5||5||"Chapter 05: Water"||César Charlone||Pedro Aguilera||November 25, 2016|
|Five years prior to the start of the series, Ezequiel becomes the head proctor for the 99th Process and onward. He is married to a proctor, Júlia, who assists with the first test, the interview stage. During his first time in charge, she disqualifies a candidate who had done no wrong—the candidate simply admitted to having a child. Later, she and Ezequiel monitor a raid, where a young boy is seen in the footage. Júlia breaks down in tears at the sight of the boy, and she later reveals to Ezequiel he is Augusto, the son she abandoned when she passed the Process. Throughout Ezequiel's time as head proctor, Júlia's behavior becomes more and more erratic until she attempts to escape to the Inland to see Augusto. Ezequiel stops her and has her committed to the Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, where she drowns herself in the ocean, committing the first suicide in the history of the Offshore. Ezequiel breaks down and goes to see Augusto himself, secretly beginning a relationship with the boy that continues today. Throughout the flashbacks, the candidates relax in the grass of the testing facility before being led to their individual rooms.|
|6||6||"Chapter 06: Glass"||Daina Giannecchini & Dani Libardi||Cássio Koshikumo, Denis Nielsen, Ivan Nakamura & Jotagá Crema||November 25, 2016|
|Each given their own rooms, the families of each candidate are brought in, giving the candidates an option: continue with the Process, or give up and take an outstanding amount of money to take for their family. Michele and Rafael pass; Joana is confronted by a henchmen sent by the father of the boy she killed who entered her room posing as her father. He tells her she can either stay there and be killed or walk out with him and live, since the Process is offering more money than the price put on her head. She decides to stay and the man reveals himself to be a citizen of the Offshore, who tells her that she passed. Fernando goes through a reverse experience as his father tries to convince him to stay while he is willing to go back. He decides to carry on when his father tells him he will have nowhere to go if he returns. The remaining candidates head for their final, individual tests: Michele must tell Bruna's parents she is dead and convince them to allow their younger daughter to take part of the Process; Fernando must design a new test for the Process; and Rafael must seek help from another candidate in order to press two buttons at the same time. They all pass; Rafael made it with Fernando's help after revealing to him that he and Michele are both with the Cause. Ezequiel goes to tell Augusto he cannot see him anymore, and Aline agrees to keep Ezequiel's secret. Michele digs out a small capsule from under her skin.|
|7||7||"Chapter 07: Capsule"||Daina Giannecchini||Cássio Koshikumo||November 25, 2016|
|A celebratory dinner is held for the candidates before the final step, the "purification" ritual. Michele poisons Ezequiel's drink using the poison from the capsule she removed from her hip, but he and César inadvertently exchange their cups, resulting in César being killed instead. Knowing he was the real target, Ezequiel interrogates all candidates individually and Rafael, who saw Michele's actions, drops the empty capsule over a railing. Ezequiel and Cássia stage a fake confession from the captured Cause member they hold in which he names Aline as a fellow member, and she is arrested, suspected of the murder. In a final attempt to prove her innocence, she tries to send the Council some files incriminating Ezequiel, but Nair interferes and has her send them a positive report on him. Michele returns to her room, only to find Ezequiel waiting for her, capsule in hand.|
|8||8||"Chapter 08: Button"||César Charlone||Denis Nielsen & Pedro Aguilera||November 25, 2016|
|Ezequiel tells Fernando that Michele has been eliminated and he decides to quit in order to find her. Meanwhile, Michele is actually being tortured by drowning and with a pau de arara. Ezequiel reveals to her the only reason he hasn't killed her yet is because he was also a member of the Cause and knows what is like to be in her shoes. He also shows her footage of her brother alive and well and says she has been fooled. Michele finally reveals where she was supposed to meet the Cause leader and he is arrested, while she is still allowed to the Offshore. The "purification" ritual is revealed to be a sterilization procedure so that heritability is completely replaced by meritocracy. Rafael is shocked at first, but hesitantly proceeds anyway. Joana quits the Process when Ezequiel offers her to earn a position among his élite by murdering a member of the gang which is after her. She meets Fernando as she leaves and they both express their frustration with the Process. Joana is last seen staring at some Cause graffiti and Fernando watches his father from afar. The successful candidates are last seen en route to the Offshore.|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"Chapter 01: Mirror"||Philippe Barcinski||Denis Nielsen & Pedro Aguilera||April 27, 2018|
|In a flashback, the existence of a Founding Trio responsible for building the Offshore is revealed, but one of the women was killed and the remaining couple labeled themselves the Founding Couple. Inland, Joana joins the Cause. She and another recruit are given a challenge to each create three suicide capsules from poisonous frogs; both fail as a result of Joana's refusal to help her partner. However, Joana helps Silas to find a secret note from the Old Man about what to do in the event of his death. The plan involves stealing fertilizer from Gerson. They are successful, though Joana is shot and they trigger a surveillance warning in doing so. Joana later learns that the Cause plans to plant a bomb in the next Process and is reluctant to accept that they are willing to kill so many innocent people. In the Offshore, Michele's brother André is kept as a prisoner as the first murderer in the history of the Offshore. Ezequiel offers to secure her brother's freedom if she works on his plan and creates a new test for the Process. The test is a maze of both transparent and mirror walls that move in unpredictable patterns, but Ezequiel quickly develops ways of finding the exit, even managing to trap her inside. Meanwhile, he faces strong opposition from the Process's head of security, Marcela (Laila Garin), who disdains him for having commanded Processes which approved André (a murder suspect) and Michele (a former member of the Cause). Following Joana's and Sila's actions, Ezequiel tasks Michele with infiltrating the Cause and spoiling their plans.|
|10||2||"Chapter 02: Toaster"||Daina Giannecchini||Ivan Nakamura||April 27, 2018|
|After his arrival in the Offshore, Rafael attempts to build a radio to contact the Cause, but fails because the parts from Offshore are too advanced for what he needs. At a hookup party, Rafael seems uninterested in anyone, even rejecting a lady who is a "87% match", but hooks up with nurse Elisa, a 1.4% match. Rafael uses parts from Elisa's antique toaster and successfully builds the radio, but still fails to contact the Cause. Elisa catches Rafael using the radio but decides to let him off, informing him about the frequency block in the area. Rafael trains to become a soldier for the Process, and succeeds in passing the training mission after begging for a second chance. The test involved (initially unbeknownst to him) a simulation in which he is captured and tortured into confessing his true allegiance; he doesn't reveal his connection to the Cause even when Elisa is executed in front of him. It was all a plan Marcela had prepared to make sure he was loyal to the Offshore. Inland, Joana and Silas argue over the Cause's plan. Fernando works as the radio technician for his father's preachings, and helps candidates train for the Process. His childhood friend Glória (Cynthia Senek) is turning 20 this year and plans to take part in the upcoming process. Later, Joana seeks Fernando's help to find a better plan to disrupt the Process.|
|11||3||"Chapter 03: Static"||Daina Giannecchini||André Sirangelo||April 27, 2018|
|Fernando has a dream about Glória being the bomb carrier at the Process. Ezequiel instructs Michele to keep pretending to be a Cause infiltrator so as to locate the leaders and to get information on their bombing plan. During the registration for the upcoming Process, Fernando tries to warn Glória and pleads for her not to join the Process, to which Glória stomps off in anger, saying she rather die than be a quitter like him. At the Cause quarters, the members receive radio signals from Michele but Silas and Ivana (another important Cause member) fight over the credibility of the infiltrator, culminating in Silas destroying the radio. Joana takes the device to Fernando, and while he fixes it, he studies a register and comes up with a plan to stop the Process by wiping all the candidates' data. Rafael gets posted to build the Process and dopes his fellow comrade to take his ACU post, where he spots Michele undercover. Rafael then feigns being attacked to destroy his camera and tail Michele. Glória spots Fernando working together with Joana and ends her friendship with Fernando. Fernando meets up with Michele after decoding her radio signals, and run away together when Silas tries to snipe them both. They run to an abandoned warehouse, where Joana, Ivana and Rafael are at, and they hold one another at gunpoint, unbeknownst to them that Ezequiel is listening to their conversation through Michele's register and their identities as Cause members are now exposed.|
|12||4||"Chapter 04: Napkin"||Philippe Barcinski||André Sirangelo||April 27, 2018|
|Ivana and Joana tie up Michele and Rafael in different rooms to interrogate them, making them inhale gas that causes hallucinations. Under the guidance of Ezequiel, Michele successfully avoids exposing herself as the traitor (going as far as to reveal Ezequiel's past connection to the cause) and makes Joana and Fernando believe in her, although Ivana still trusts Rafael over her. Rafael admits to have fallen in love with an Offshore citizen and reveals their sterilization policy. Marcela, believing that Rafael was attacked and abducted by the Cause, soon arrives with her armed forces to rescue him. Michele plans to betray Ezequiel and escape with Joana and the others, but he allows André to communicate with her, causing her to back off. Ezequiel then instructs her to escape through a secret passageway while Ivana makes Rafael kill her in order for Rafael to keep up with his pretense as a loyal Offshore member. Marcela reports the situation to Cássia, who tells her she has something to reveal about Ezequiel and Michele. Joana witnesses Rafael killing Ivana and her misunderstanding about him deepens.|
|13||5||"Chapter 05: Lamp"||Philippe Barcinski||Ivan Nakamura, Juliana Rojas & Pedro Aguilera||April 27, 2018|
|Michele decides to betray Ezequiel, lying to him over the audio surveillance bug while relaying messages to Joana by writing on papers, without realizing that Ezequiel has found out what she is doing. Rafael decides to rat Michele out to Marcela, seeing how she was ready to betray him during the interrogation. Silas abruptly arrives at the hideout where Joana and Michele are, and is about to kill Michele when Ezequiel appears, claiming that he is there to save the Cause. Flashing back, a younger Ezequiel is ambitious and eager to infiltrate Offshore, a plan he devised himself. When he is told by the Old Man that he is not selected, Ezequiel becomes mad that the Cause questions his loyalty, throws a burning lamp at the Old Man and runs off. After succeeding in the Process, Ezequiel falls in love with Júlia, but she commits the Offshore's first suicide ever for being unable to see her son back at the Inland. Consumed by grief, Ezequiel takes it upon himself to destroy the Offshore. Back to the present, Cássia and Marcela break into Ezequiel's station and listen into his conversation with the Cause members in the hideout. Ezequiel reveals that he wants to bring the Process and Council members down, creating a New World where there is no division. Ezequiel also reveals that he dictated the Old Man's note for him to write, meaning that bombing the Process is his idea, and that the flask that Michele carries is not to detonate the bomb, but to conceal it from security scanners. Joana and Michele are strongly against the idea of hurting masses of innocents but Silas agrees with Ezequiel. As Ezequiel and Michele head back to the Process quarters, Marcela has already sent troops out to capture the Cause members. Ezequiel is killed by Marcela, who proceeds to frame the Cause for it, and takes over Ezequiel's role as the Process Leader. Michele finds herself unable to return to the Offshore since she is believed to be Ezequiel's accomplice.|
|14||6||"Chapter 06: Bottles"||Dani Libardi||Guilherme Freitas||April 27, 2018|
|Following Ezequiel's death, Inland citizens are encouraged to send in tips about the Cause and participants of the Process will be given an advantage for doing so. This causes unrest among the citizens. Among the hatred and fear for the Cause, Joana notes that the Cause is probably not to be blamed for Ezequiel's death, and Fernando suggests to reveal the sterilization process to the citizens in hopes to make them reconsider joining the Process while Joana and Michele discuss about ways to stop the bombing. Meanwhile, Glória has jitters about the upcoming Process. Using a device he stole from the registration booth, Fernando announces the truth about the sterilization process to the public as they celebrate the day of the Process, and this creates confusion and doubt among the Inland people. An Offshore soldier approaches Glória to goad her into betraying Fernando in exchange for an advantage in the Process. Meanwhile, Joana and Michele successfully steals the bomb from Silas but Michele betrays the Cause for her brother by giving the bomb to Marcela. As she heads back to the Offshore, Marcela instructs Cássia to pick her up when she arrives. Glória meets Fernando in secret and argues with him, eventually coming to an agreement and they kiss. It is revealed that Fernando lost the ability to walk from falling off a building as he played with Glória when they were children, even though she had a chance to warn him about the loose brick that caused his fall. He tells her he always knew it because her mother told him what happened. The Offshore soldiers find Fernando and he is locked up, thinking that Glória sold him out. In charge of searching Fernando, Rafael allows him to pass the security check with a hidden radio. Joana is also captured, but by the militia led by Gerson, the father of the child she killed before the events of the first season.|
|15||7||"Chapter 07: Mist"||Jotagá Crema||Teodoro Poppovic||April 27, 2018|
|Elisa asks Rafael to return to the Offshore with her, out of concern regarding the recent "kidnap" incident but Rafael turns it down. As Fernando remains locked in a cell, Rafael approaches him and insists that he did not betray the Cause, even though all of the Cause members have already strongly believe otherwise. Michele returns to the Offshore and is subjected to a simulation test to wipe her memories regarding the truth of Ezequiel's death, but she resists it and manages to wake herself up, knock Cássia unconscious, set her brother free and escape with him. At the registration booth, Elisa tends to a man who refuses to cooperate and is taken aback when she sees his face. It turns out that Elisa had long ago found out about Rafael's fake identity (his actual name is Tiago) and when she confronted him, Rafael ultimately still withheld the truth about the Cause from her. She recognizes this man, the real Rafael, and clears him, who is now assuming a fake identity. When Rafael goes to the registration booth to learn about the data storage process from Elisa, she gets upset at him and it is revealed that his brother, the real Rafael, had stolen the identity of their another younger brother. As Elisa tells Rafael he started a "tradition" within his family and that she pities his youngest brother, who won't have anyone to steal the register from, a Cause member suddenly appears and tries to kill Rafael, but Rafael kills him first, not without injuring Elisa. Elisa survives and she begs Rafael to follow her and return to Offshore, to which he agrees only to leave her at the very end. Joana manages to free herself from captivity. While trying to escape the militia compound, Joana bumps into Marco, who is revealed to be alive following his failure in the previous Process (see Chapter 04: Gateway for details).|
|16||8||"Chapter 08: Frogs"||Dani Libardi||Denis Nielsen||April 27, 2018|
|Marco chains Joana up, spewing words of hatred towards her as he feels that Joana is the one who brought the misery upon him. In a flashback, Marco is shown being treated by the Offshore medical team after he was maimed by heavy doors during the Process. He was sent back to the Inland after being set up with prosthetic legs and a walking stick but he was too ashamed to return to his family and attempted to join the militia instead. After surprising Gerson and passing his admission tests, he is granted a place, but following ten months, he's still treated like a maid. Gerson plans to publicly execute Joana, but she convinces Marco to let her go. When Gerson confronts him about doing so, Marco kills him, takes over the militia and goes back home, stating he will call the shots there from now on. He also arranges a meeting with Marcela, who is revealed to be his mother. He offers her vital information about the Cause's new plan in exchange for a second shot at the Process. Instructed by Fernando, who is able to use the radio Rafael ignored, Joana goes to the frog basement to meet Rafael but she sees Silas and it is revealed that Silas sold Joana out to obtain more fertilizer. Rafael arrives and Silas was about to shoot him when Joana pushes Silas away into the pond of frogs, and he dies from the poison. Meanwhile, Michele and André are running to a hideout linked to the Founding Couple to avoid Cássia's pursuit. After struggling with his memory, André remembers the password and they locate a room with three chairs overlooking the ocean.|
|17||9||"Chapter 09: Necklace"||Jotagá Crema||Juliana Rojas||April 27, 2018|
|In flashbacks, the Founding Trio, Laís, Vítor, Samira, were working on a project to create a utopia for everyone to live in, sponsored by the rich and powerful. The rest of the population live in dire states and are on the brink of a civil war. Samira's father is one of the sponsors and he asks the Trio to expedite the migration even though the Offshore is not ready to sustain the large population yet. He suggests to make the scientists currently on the island to leave and the Trio refuses to comply, saying the Offshore is for competent people and not for rich morons to manipulate their way in. By blocking access to the island, Samira negotiates and requests the sponsors to build an Offshore unit in the Inland. However, Laís and Vítor are unwilling to go back to the Inland and start everything from scratch again and they suggest blowing up the Inland's power plant to destroy the banking data, causing the rich to lose their status. They argue and Samira gets killed. Laís and Vítor proceed their plan, forming the present day of Founding Couple and way of governance. In the present, Michele learns of the Founding Trio and André recovers his memory — he knew of the Founding Trio but stood by the Founding Couple's ideology hence, he did indeed commit a murder: he killed his mentor Olavo when he wanted to inform the Council about the truth. Later, Marcela subjected him to the memory suppression procedure used with Michele in the second-to-last episode in order to hide the truth and he was later locked up. Michele says the Offshore and the Process must end and leaves after hearing Rafael's plan over the comm, wearing the necklace she collected from Samara's skeleton, which contains a small shell. Rafael smuggles Joana into the Process facility and passes a ring to Fernando to break out and destroy the power supply, shutting down security cameras so that Joana can destroy the data while Rafael destroys the backup. Eventually, Fernando learns it was his own father who sold him out to the agents.|
|18||10||"Chapter 10: Blood"||Philippe Barcinski||Guilherme Freitas||April 27, 2018|
|Marcela tightens up security but Fernando manages to carry out his part successfully without being detected. However, Joana gets chased by Marco and Fernando has to take over her role. Fernando cuts himself to let his blood contaminate the data and becomes very weak from losing too much blood. Joana becomes trapped in Michele's glass maze, where she confronts and knocks Marco out. When he wakes up, Marcela says that was his "second shot" and expels him from the Process building, deeming him unworthy. He is last seen destroying objects in his house, including his mother's portrait. Joana rescues Fernando and goes into hiding with him. Meanwhile, Rafael has trouble accessing the backup data room, but Michele appears and claims that she wants to help them, opening the doors with the necklace. However, as they are in the room, Michele knocks Rafael unconscious. She then proceed to move the backup data to another storage device. At the same time, Marcela manages to restore the power supply, but all the data has already been wiped. Discontent begins to rise among the Process participants as they are denied entry due to the data loss and they break into the facility, clashing with Marcela and her agents. Joana and Fernando take the opportunity to escape among the chaos. Michele goes to meet Councilor Nair to make a deal for the backup data. Unaware that Michele sabotaged their plan, Joana and Fernando celebrate with the Cause. Rafael regains consciousness and contacts Joana, informing her about the sabotage and that the Process will be carrying on. After an argument of making hurtful jabs at each other, Rafael seems to have enough of everything and goes back to seek a reunion with Elisa. Back at the Process facility, the protesters are about to get gunned down when Councilor Nair announces the start of Process 105. It is revealed that Michele had made a deal to hold onto the data and only releasing it once a year during the Process, in exchange for Offshore supplies for the Inland. Marcela cruelly mocks Marco for failing once again. The Process candidates take their tests. Joana burns Silas' body. Rafael comes clean to Elisa. Michele invites Fernando to help her with her ultimate plan - to use the supplies to build a third, new location as an alternative to both the Inland and the Offshore: the Shell.|
Season 3 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|19||1||"Chapter 01: Sand"||Daina Giannecchini||Denis Nielsen & Pedro Aguilera||June 7, 2019|
|Michele succeeds in building the Shell, an alternative to both the Offshore and the Inland. When she switches the power on for the first time, reactions vary elsewhere. Joana says they are just another enemy; Fernando's father warns people against going there; Marco contemplates the light while one of his lieutenants comments that they'll lose power; and Marcela and Nair watch from the Offshore. Some time later, Fernando has been killed by pro-Offshore extremists when trying to invite people to the Shell and his wheelchair is kept on display inside the place as a monument to him; Elisa and Rafael are among the residents, now that Rafael's status as a Cause member was unveiled to the Offshore. Elisa acts as a nurse and Rafael drinks and does nothing all day, besides watching over his little brother Artur. Marco moved in with his son Mauricio, as well. One day, Joana visits the place and Xavier, a resident who belongs to a family whose members have never been able to pass the Process, shows her around and she insists to know more about the facility's generator. A massive sandstorm ravages the Shell, damaging its vital mechanisms, including the water collecting system, but Michele pleads the residents to join forces and rebuild the place, since their supplies are still intact. However, during Xavier's turn at watching over them, he is locked inside a room by a Shell drone and somebody steals almost all the food. Tension rises among residents as the Shell's unsustainability becomes obvious. Marco offers Michele the list of 20 people who left the Shell the night the supplies were stolen and suggests they go after them to retrieve the supplies. Gloria, on the other hand, recommends her to implement a new process to decide who's worthy of staying. Also, André and Marcela learn about the situation and offer to recover the place in exchange for ceding control of it to the Offshore. Michele ultimately decides to start a selection process to save the Shell by reducing its inhabitants to 10%. Those who stay should help rebuild it so that, later, everyone can be welcome again. As the selection's first test, people are told to remove their registers in order to cut all ties to the Offshore, leading some to abandon the selection and, consequently the Shell. Elisa offers Marco to be listed among residents who need medical treatment and who are consequently exempt from the selection, but he refuses. Joana grabs Michele's communicator from her and uses its shell to remove her register, promising to stay only "to see her fall".|
|20||2||"Chapter 02: Scalpel"||Dani Libardi||Carol Rodrigues||June 7, 2019|
|Joana gathers all former Cause members and reveals that she wants to use the Shell's generator to destroy the Offshore with an EMP, but Natalia is initially reluctant and still believes in the Shell. Michele tells Joana about Marcela's offer and that she had refused it, and that the selection is the solution to save the Shell, but Joana is even less trustful of Michele now that she knows she's been in contact with the Offshore. Joana, Marco and Rafael pass their next test where they have to work as a trio in order to collectively overcome temporary disabilities to which each of them is subjected. The next test eliminates people based on how they react to failure; Otávio loses his mind over failing it and threatens to kill Michele with a blade. Joana manages to talk him out of it, but Rafael enters the room and tension re-erupts, culminating in Michele's throat being slit and Otávio committing suicide. Earlier in the episode, it is revealed that Otávio was Elisa's former lover, but their relationship came to an end when Elisa and Otávio passed and failed the Process, respectively. Joana has a chance to leave Michele for dead, but hesitates and saves her. Later, Natalia recognizes that the selection process messes with people's minds and agrees to help Joana with her plan. As Artur goes to sleep, he checks on a serious bruise on his left arm.|
|21||3||"Chapter 03: Medicine"||Daina Giannecchini||Ivan Nakamura||June 7, 2019|
|One year prior to the events of the season, the actual Rafael reveals his older brother's status as a Cause member, forcing him to grab Elisa and flee. Rafael goes back home for shelter, but his mother expels him. Artur follows him and begs him to take care of him, since he can't stand living with their mother anymore. Back to the present, Elisa attempts to contact the Offshore to check the possibility of coming back, but André takes the call and says she is not welcome there anymore now that she's a suspect of treason. Artur's condition worsens and he admits the bruise was caused after an ill-faded attempt to re-implant his register so he could one day go to the Offshore. Elisa treats him and realizes the register is broken, putting an end to his dream. While recovering, Michele assigns Elisa as her replacement in conducting the next test. Feeling better, she resumes work on the selection and prepares yet another step, which consists in trios deciding on a rule to expel someone in the trio in the next room. Gloria, Joana and Artur are up against Rafael, Natalia and Marco. After intense debating, Joana's group decides on a criteria based on whether the person has already killed someone (so that Marco is eliminated) while Rafael's group proposes (under his protests) a criteria based on age, with the youngest having to leave - so that Artur is eliminated. In the end, Michele reveals they will actually have to apply their criteria to their own groups, resulting in Joana's and Natalia's elimination. However, Artur ends up eliminated, as well, after Elisa tells Michele about the register. On his way out, he berates Rafael and later Elisa reveals she did it as payback for Rafael making her a treason suspect.|
|22||4||"Chapter 04: Duck"||Dani Libardi||Andréa Midori Simão||June 7, 2019|
|Only 100 people are left in the Shell and rationing of meals is getting extreme. Michele intends to reduce the population by a half as a last selection. Duos are to presents ideas of a test and Michele chooses one. For Rafael and Marco, the test is a coin toss, Rafael's idea, and Marco loses. For Gloria and Xavier, the last candidates, the test is to assemble a puzzle box. Both finish virtually at the same time, but Michele decides Xavier was first. Marco goes live on the streets of the Inland with Mauricio and Gloria is told by Joana about Marcela's proposal. Gloria then goes meet Marcela, who suggests to her that she invades the Shell, and she is last seen communicating with the eliminated candidates to reveal the proposal Michele hid from everyone. In flashbacks, as the 10th Process was underway, it is shown how the early Offshore Council realized they were running out of supplies and that a method to further reduce the local population was urgent. The Founding Couple proposed the sterilization policy which is in use up to the present, but the Council wanted to expand it so it affected children born in the Offshore as well, resulting in all of them being sent to the Inland until they were 20 and became eligible to go through the Process. 11 years later, Tânia, the daughter of the Founding Couple, turned 20 and entered the Process, but failed her first test and was eliminated despite begging for her parents' mercy. Soon later, she is seen founding The Cause.|
|23||5||"Chapter 05: Lever"||Dani Libardi||Denis Nielsen||June 7, 2019|
|One year ago, following the disbandment of the Militia, Marco leaves his house with Mauricio for the Shell, where he registers both without a surname. Back to the present, he resorts to stealing to feed his son, but his first attempt ends up with him being beaten up. He decides to leave the child back at home (where his maid Larissa can care for him) and joins Gloria, who's leading an uprising against the Shell. She even fantasizes about becoming a new Founding Couple together with Marco, although he isn't initially interested. Joana and Natalia try to talk her out of working with the Offshore, but they flee as Gloria threatens to hand them over to the Division. The duo find shelter in an abandoned bus, where Joana expresses frustration over letting so many people down and admits her involvement in Sila's death (see Season 2's Chapter 08: Frogs for details), but Natalia insists she cares about others more than most. They almost share a kiss, but Joana resists. Soon after, they argue over what to do next and Natalia leaves her alone. Gloria and dozens of former Shell inhabitants march towards the place and force their way in while the remaining residents mount barricades to hold them off. Once Michele realizes they won't resist much longer, she reluctantly activates the Shell's defense mechanism (now that the generator is back and running) and Marco ends up electrocuted. He survives and Gloria's group take over the Shell while Michele flees alone. Rafael tries to take Elisa with him, but she says she'll stay even at the risk of having her memory wiped by Marcela as a punishment for her deserting, revealing she would rather forget about him. Rafael injures his foot while fleeing and is forced to hide inside the Shell. Meanwhile, it is revealed that one of the councilors is Marcela's father, and he is dying out of disappointment at Mauricio becoming unregistered. Marcela promises to solve the situation and preserve their family's honor and legacy. She informs Marco she will take over the Shell in 24 hours as he delivers a speech and is hailed by the Shell's population. Gloria mentions his surname, which the crowd echoes repeatedly and Marco accepts it again.|
|24||6||"Chapter 06: Trapdoor"||Jotagá Crema||Ivan Nakamura||June 7, 2019|
|The Shell's population demand food and Marco offers it as a reward for whoever manages to capture Michelle, Joana, Rafael or Natalia. The latter is caught and locked up. Meanwhile, Elisa secretly treats Rafael's wound and is approached by Marco and Gloria, who offer her a place back at the Offshore if she reveals the fugitives' whereabouts. André later contacts her and confirms the proposal. Michele arrives at Joana's bus, but is told to leave. Joana investigates a piece of the Shell's water collecting system which she had found nearby earlier and realizes it had been sabotaged so the sandstorm would rip it off. She finds a passed out Michele far in the desert, reanimates her and discusses her discovery. They recognize their own mistakes and form a reluctant allegiance in order to take back the Shell, which is now heavily guarded by Gloria and Marco's henchpeople. Via radio, Michele instructs Rafael to open the trapdoor so she can secretly enter, but since he struggles to walk, he asks Elisa to do it instead, though she initially refuses. In order to buy time, Michele surrenders and is brought in. In flashbacks, Elisa and Otávio take part in the 99th Process and go through a test in which candidates have dinner and have to influence another person to do something before being influenced themselves. André approaches Elisa and offers her information on her target in exchange for information on Otávio, his target. Elisa eventually gives in and André successfully influences Otávio, causing him to be eliminated. Both André and Elisa would later be among the 3%. Back to the present, Elisa decides not to play the Offshore's game again and lets Joana in.|
|25||7||"Chapter 07: Gardrone"||Jotagá Crema||Ricardo Gonçalves||June 7, 2019|
|Gloria hosts a court on Michele and, despite the latter's pleads, the people declare her to be guilty and Gloria decides that the sentence will be to send her back to the Offshore so that her brain is erased. Before she leaves, she asks Gloria to remove Fernando's wheelchair from the Shell, since it is now becoming the exact opposite of what he envisioned; Gloria is later seen crying next to it. Constantly watched by Marco's henchman Wander, Elisa manages to sneak past and meet with Joana and Rafael. They figure out a specific saw was used to sabotage the Shell and Elisa pinpoints the exact date and time when the saboteur gained access to the tools' room, but the name is still unknown. They first suspect of Marco, but Elisa says he was undergoing treatment for his injuries that night. Then they suggest Gloria, but Rafael checks security footage of that night and it registers the sound of a rebec, Gloria being the only person in the Shell capable of playing it. Elisa scans the saw for DNA and comes up with a list of ten people who touched the tool, Rafael and Xavier included. The latter is kidnapped for interrogation and suggests they look at the recording of the Gardrone. After Joana captures it, she witnesses Tadeu telling Gloria that "they did it". Artur deduces Rafael's hideout after spotting some grease on Elisa's sandals and meets him, but is convinced to stay to see the truth. When they all look at the Gardrone footage, they see Rafael with the saw, who is surprised. In flashbacks, Gloria is seen succeeding in the penultimate test of the Process. Marcela informs her that Fernando is about to die after being seriously beaten up as he tried to recruit people for the Shell and gives her a choice between continuing in the Process or abandoning it to treat him. Gloria choses the second option.|
|26||8||"Chapter 08: Wave"||Jotagá Crema||Andréa Midori Simão & Pedro Aguilera||June 7, 2019|
|Marcela meets her father, who insists his illness developed out of sheer frustration for Marco's failure in passing the Process and Mauricio's register removal. Rafael disputes being the saboteur, despite the footage showing otherwise. To make his situation worse, Artur says he witnessed him waking up and leaving the dorms the night the sandstorm happened. Because at that time the registers were still active, he has a theory that maybe he was remote-controlled. Records show that there was indeed a transmission at that time. When the (inaudible) transmission is replayed, Rafael gets up. After changing the speed of the recording, they hear "get up, find a saw, cut the reeling cable". In flashbacks, it is revealed that before being sold out by his brother (the actual Rafael), he was subjected to a memory investigation by Marcela, who found out about his alignment to the Cause. By exploiting his trauma of killing Ivana (see Season 2's Chapter 04: Napkin for details), Marcela managed to create a coded, subliminal message that would cause Rafael to obey her orders to sabotage the Shell. Rafael and Joana show the recording to Marco and Gloria just as the Division arrives with food and water, but Gloria doesn't care, and Marco orders that they be locked up, and later says he destroyed the recording. Marcela re-implants a register on Mauricio, who is now renamed Leonardo, after Marcela's father. Wander tries to capture Elisa, but she tranquilizes him and frees everybody. While they run, Joana meets Marco, who hands her back the recording. Joana plays the recording for all to listen, and the Shell population turn against the Division, who is forced to leave in a hurry. Rafael is almost killed by a former Division mate, but Artur knocks her out and saves him. André and Michele stumble upon each other, recognize they are blinded by their respective ideologies and split. Marcela stays to try and retrieve her grandson, but she is caught and locked up, not before Marco tells his mother that his son is never going to the Offshore. She is given a meal inside her cage and finds among the food a note saying she has a female ally inside the Shell. Joana and Natalia reconcile and share a kiss. Gloria apologizes to Michele. Andre and the Division take over the Council and say "now it's war". Marco, Rafael, Xavier, Gloria, Elisa, Michele, Natalia and Joana discuss a defense plan and agree that they should attack first, by destroying the Offshore with an EMP, just like the Founding Couple did with the Continent.|
Creator and writer Pedro Aguilera developed 3% from a 2009 independent pilot episode. Netflix gave the series an 8-episode order for the first season. It is the first Portuguese-language Netflix original series and the second non-English production, after the Spanish-language series Club de Cuervos.
Academy Award-nominated cinematographer César Charlone, known for City of God and Blindness, served as director alongside Daina Giannecchini, Dani Libardi, and Jotagá Crema. Charlone also serves as an executive producer, alongside Tiago Mello. The first season became available on Netflix worldwide on November 25, 2016. In December 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which was released on April 27, 2018. On June 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, which was released on June 7, 2019.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 85%, based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10. The critical consensus reads: "Despite comparisons to other teen-centric dystopian thrillers, 3% separates itself from the pack by focusing on characters with complicated backstories and personalities." Liz Shannon Miller gave the first season a B+ in her review for IndieWire, saying that the series left her "surprised and impressed." Calum Henderson of the New Zealand Herald said in his review "The characters are the show's strongest point, though, and it skilfully introduces the six core candidates throughout the Process' preliminary challenges in the first episode."
Awards and nominations
|2017||Fénix Awards||Television: Best Drama Series||3%||Nominated|||
|2019||Rio2C (Rio Creative Conference)||Global Audience Award||3%||Won|||
The 3% Challenge
Doppio Games, in association with Netflix, developed a free-to-play voice-based game based on the series, released to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The game features a prequel storyline written in collaboration with Pedro Aguilerra, showrunner and writer of the series.
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