S3 episode 1 Aired on May 2, 2018

Six months after fleeing the L.A. Bloc, the Bowman family is playing house in a cabin in the woods, with Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson). Snyder has a beard, Will (Josh Holloway) has a haircut, they have chickens and a breakfast routine, and also regular surveillance of a recon drone. Will and Gracie (Isabella Crovetti) fly-fish now. Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Charlie (Jacob Buster) rig Ewok-style booby traps in the forests to trip up drones while Snyder lugs water “like a Masai tribeswoman,” but with more complaining. Snyder is antsy to try to hook up with Noa’s people and hand over the gauntlet, but the Bowmans plan to stay in the woods as long as it’s safe. But when a ship crashes nearby, that time appears to be coming to an end.

Bram is itching to get back into the fight

Scanning broadcasts on the radio, Bram (Alex Neustaedter) picks up a station and thinks the woman broadcasting is close. He wants to reach out to her and tell her they have the gauntlet, but his parents don’t think it’s worth the risk. Snyder eavesdrops and later tells Bram he thinks he should, pointing out they can’t stay in the cabin forever. Will and Katie are reconsidering when they hear a thunderous noise outside, and rush out to see a crashing space ship.

Will realizes the RAPs have enemies -- with space ships

Will and Snyder leave to scope out the crash to try to determine if they’re at risk of being discovered. From an observation point, they see drones attacking the downed ship. Snyder doesn’t think it looks like a host ship. He tells Will about a rumor that the Factory was being used to make space-based defensive weapons, meaning the hosts have enemies. Alien enemies, presumably. Whoa.

The Bowmans are forced to evacuate as Gray Hats close in

On their way back to the cabin in the woods, Will and Snyder find a group of Gray Hats, the emergency response teams trained for quick deployment, preparing to hit the cabin. Snyder races back and ushers out Charlie and Grace while Katie, Will and Bram fight off the assault and then run. Will and Katie stay behind to try to buy their kids and Snyder more time to escape. When Bram catches up with Gracie and Charlie at their hidden truck, Bram is surprised when Snyder doubles back to help the older Bowmans. But says he owes them.

The drones have a Will Bowman blind spot

On the run from Gray Hats with Katie, Will makes a calculated bet and races into an open field, knowing the Gray Hats will have a clean shot on him. But a reconnaissance drone shows up as expected. It vaporizes the Gray Hats into puffs of blood and turns on Will and Katie. But nothing happens. It leaves them unharmed. Will tells Katie it’s not the first time a drone has spared him, remembering his time scaling the Wall with Charlie from Santa Monica.

Snyder reveals his agenda, and he’s not Team Bowman

The Bowman family meets up at their truck but can’t risk waiting for Snyder. Meanwhile, Snyder returns to the cabin -- and to old form. He casually waltzes up in the middle of the Gray Hats and is recognized and allowed to talk to the boss on the scene. Lieutenant Garland angry that Snyder pushed his homing beacon before completing his mission of finding the missing host. Snyder had hoped to be rescued after six months in the wilderness, but he’s sent back to the Bowmans with a gun butt to the face to sell the cover story that he escaped. When he meets the Bowmans at their rally point, Will is skeptical of Snyder’s explanation that he escaped when a Gray Hat walked into a Bowman booby trap. He also recognizes that the team that ambushed the cabin was a strike team on a mission, not recon. But Will ignores his instincts and allows Snyder to go with them.

Ready to throw down the gauntlet

Driving through the forest, Bram broadcasts to the Resistance that they have the gauntlet and are on the run. They are forced to stop when the truck runs into downed tree tops in the middle of the road. They’re curious what could have struck that high up. The radio crackles to life with a woman’s voice, and they make a plan to meet up. Investigating in the forest, Will and Katie come upon a downed craft with something alien -- and new -- inside.