WATCH | The Wife Season 3 trailer is here, plus Zikhona Sodlaka on what to expect from the hit series

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Nqoba and Mandisa in The Wife.
Nqoba and Mandisa in The Wife.
  • Season 3 of The Wife will be airing in November 2022.
  • In the countdown to the season premiere, the explosive 15-second-long trailer has been released.
  • Zikhona Sodlaka, who plays Mandisa, says this is the most honest character she's portrayed.

The third season of highly anticipated drama series The Wife will be available to stream In November 2022. While the countdown begins, a 15-second-long trailer to tease the new season is available.

After the second season ended with Naledi (played by Gaisang Noge) being taken by unknown men, in the trailer, we get to see that she and Qhawe (played by Kwenzokuhle Ngcobo) are reunited in a challenging circumstance – Qhawe is chained and locked up somewhere and a seemingly free Naledi appears to kiss him before the teaser ends.

According to Showmax, the drama in this season will exceed that of the past two seasons.

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One other couple viewers are hoping to see more of in the third season is Nqoba (played by Abdul Khoza) and Mandisa (played by Zikhona Sodlaka) – who have become fan favourites.

Speaking about being part of the popular series, Zikhona – who earned DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Award and SAFTA nominations for her role as Mandisa – says that she enjoys being part of this production.

“It’s very nice to be part of something that sets the standard. And the standard is high. I don’t want anything else for myself and for my career. I’ve had an unfair privilege to be part of some groundbreaking productions; it’s becoming a habit. It’s an honour. It’s a confidence booster. It’s also a reminder that South Africans are watching, and they know what they want. A reminder that these are the kinds of stories we want to see as South Africans. We want to see ourselves reflected on screen. We are patriotic in that way that we don’t want to be told something we can’t relate to. Tell us stories that reflect us,” she says.

On working with Abdul, Zikhona she says she’s honoured to act alongside him.

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Nqoba and Mandisa in The Wife.
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“What an incredible opportunity it is to work with such a talented man. I think our chemistry works because of how dynamic yet similar our characters are. The one is a female version of the other and vice versa. It then becomes completely unfair that we get to play so much on set. He is the scene partner I didn’t know I needed,” she explains before adding what playing Mandisa is like.

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“I think Mandisa is probably the most honest character I’ve ever portrayed. I love how extremely brave she is and how she’s unafraid of wearing her heart on her sleeve. They don’t write characters like Mandisa on television. Every woman has to be perfect, neat and speak a certain way. Mandisa is the opposite of what women characters in South Africa are written as. But I know a lot of Mandisas in real life,” she saying before adding how different she is from the character.

“She’s Xhosa and I'm Xhosa; that's all. We're very different. I'm shy and quiet in real life, so it's been really lovely playing somebody so loud. That's one of my favourite things about her: her absolute imperfection. Everything about her is so wrong to a person like myself, who likes to hold back. It doesn't matter what she sounds like; it doesn't matter what she looks like; it doesn't matter what her size is. Which is something that was quite a sore point for me in Season 1 because I had just had a baby and I was just like, ‘Oh my God, do I want to play this role? Shouldn't I wait until I'm an eight again?’ Playing her has taught me to be a little bit braver,” she continues.

And while the entire season has been based on the Zulu wives, Zikhosa says she thinks a spin-off season that focuses on Mandisa and Nqoba would be a good idea.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea! I think the reason why people want a spin-off is because they do want to see that kind of love. That imperfect identifiable kind of love. The kind of love that is usually written about is fantasy. It’s like, ‘Oh, I wish I could be as pretty as…’ or ‘Oh, I wish I could cry as beautifully as…’ But with Nqoba and Mandisa, it’s very relatable. I think the spin-off would be dope," she concludes.

Watch the trailer for season three below:

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