Series overview
Season 1234

The third season of Black Lightning premiered on October 7, 2019 on The CW and concluded on March 9, 2020. The season consisted of 16 episodes.


Main cast

Recurring cast


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird" Salim Akil October 7, 2019
We find Jefferson Pierce like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder. But Anissa secretly defies Odell in her alter ego as Blackbird with the able tactical and technical support of Gambi.
2 "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Two" Oz Scott Charles D. Holland October 14, 2019
With Freeland under full-blown occupation, the Pierce family gets pulled in different directions. Jefferson and Lynn find themselves at odds with each other. Meanwhile, Anissa rebels as Blackbird while Jennifer feels powerless despite having powers.
3 "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three" Benny Boom Pat Charles October 21, 2019
When Lynn learns that Jefferson brokered a deal with Agent Odell without consulting her first, it begins to put a strain on their relationship. Meanwhile, Anissa and Grace have an emotional encounter.
4 "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four" Mary Lou Belli Adam Giaudrone October 28, 2019
Jefferson faces new challenges due to the shocking state of Freeland. Lynn finds herself under intense pressure as she desperately tries to find a solution to the continuing crisis in Freeland. Meanwhile, Anissa continues her work at the clinic. Lastly, Jennifer finds her confidence shaken.
5 "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five" Robert Townsend Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd November 11, 2019
Jefferson struggles with the effects on his family, leading to a decision with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Anissa's identity is threatened. Lastly, Agent Odell takes an important step toward winning over Jennifer.
6 "The Book of Resistance: Chapter One" Jeff Byrd Lamont Magee November 18, 2019
Jefferson is torn between his loyalty to his family and his commitment to saving Freeland; Anissa's commitment to Grace deepens; Jennifer makes an interesting discovery.
7 "The Book of Resistance: Chapter Two" Oz Scott Lynelle White November 25, 2019
Anissa and Jefferson have a heart-to-heart and she tells him she needs Black Lightning's help in escorting meta refugees out of the perimeter. Meanwhile, Gambi implores Lynn to help get him access to the Pit. Lastly, Jennifer grows closer to Brandon.
8 "The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace" Neema Barnette Jake Waller December 2, 2019
Black Lightning goes up against the ASA. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to manipulate Lynn.
9 "The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis" Tasha Smith Lamont Magee December 9, 2019
The Pierce family fears for Jennifer’s life.
10 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn" Eric Laneuville J. Allen Brown January 20, 2020
Jefferson navigates his new reality following the events of the Red Wave, and Lynn’s determination to save the meta kids deepens her troubles. Meanwhile, Anissa/Blackbird faces new challenges. Lastly, Jennifer’s bond with Brandon begins to grow.
11 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two" Tasha Smith Lamont Magee January 27, 2020
Jefferson, Anissa and Jennifer discover that the ASA is now hunting the entire Pierce family. Meanwhile, Lynn does the unthinkable.
12 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three" Bille Woodruff Adam Giaudrone & Lynelle White February 3, 2020
Jefferson and Anissa join forces with the ASA to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Lynn is forced to continue battling her demons.
13 "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four" Salim Akil Charles D. Holland & Asheleigh O. Conley February 10, 2020
Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn who finds herself in even more trouble when she meets Gravedigger, a metahuman on the Markovian side.
14 "The Book of War: Chapter One: Homecoming" Benny Boom Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd February 24, 2020
As the battle continues, old alliances are revisited and new alliances forged.
15 "The Book of War: Chapter Two" Oz Scott Pat Charles March 2, 2020
After learning that Gravedigger and the Markovians are coming to attack Freeland, the Pierce family prepares for war.
16 "The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation" Salim Akil Charles D. Holland March 9, 2020
Black Lightning faces off against Gravedigger.


  • The ninth episode and mid-season finale serves as a tie-in to Arrowverse five-part crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths.
  • Season 3 marks the last for series regular Damon Gupton who was let go due to budget cuts.


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