'On My Block' Season 3 Ending Explained: What does the future hold for Monse, Cesar, Jamal and Ruby?

The last words Monse hear from her friends was their promise to her that 'nothing's gonna change' as she is driven away to boarding school. Do they keep the promise?

                            'On My Block' Season 3 Ending Explained: What does the future hold for Monse, Cesar, Jamal and Ruby?
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Spoiler alert for  'On My Block' Season 3 

There are a lot of twists and turns on this season of 'On My Block,' some significant, some anti-climactic, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the two-year jump, showing a future that puts Monse Finne (Sierra Capri), Ruby Martinez (Jason Genao), Cesar Diaz (Diego Tinoco) and Jamal Turner (Brett Gray) in very different places. Before we jump to the future, let's take a look at what Season 3 resolved and the questions it sets up for Season 4. 

Where in the world is L'il Ricky?

We still don't know, as it turns out. The biggest mystery of Season 3 and the heart of the show's conspiracy theories going all the way back to Season 1 - his empty grave implies heavily that he is, in fact, still alive out there. All the deductive powers of the kids and the vast resources that Cuchillos (Ada Luz Pla) has at her disposal aren't enough to figure out where he's been hiding. As of now, there are no leads but that doesn't mean there won't be any in Season 4. 

The 19th Street-Santos truce

Oscar 'Spooky' Diaz (Julio Macias), after a final confrontation with his father and a few talks with Cuchillos has realized that he wants more from life than being a violent gang member and that Freeridge deserves better, too. Brokering a peace with the 19th Street gang and taking Cuchillos out of the picture, in addition to the Prophet$ being out of the equation as well, means that Freeridge might be looking at a serious reduction in gang violence thanks to Oscar's truce.

The RollerWorld money

Still being carried in Jamal's stinky gym bag, the money has changed a lot of hands at this point. From Jamal finding it in the football field, to handing it to Oscar for protection of Cesar, to Cuchillos and finally back to Oscar after he and the 19th Street took Cuchillos out. What happens with the money is uncertain, but given that it's been laundered and two years have passed, it most likely has been spent at this point - either to fund Santos activities in Freeridge or to jumpstart Oscar's new life. It's a life where he has a home, a family, and perhaps most surprisingly - hair on his head. But all of that is two years in the future.

2 years later

The last words Monse hear from her friends was their promise to her that "nothing's gonna change" as she is driven away to boarding school. The promise has been broken, however, as the show takes a time jump to two years in the future, where things have changed in big ways. Monse appears to have embraced the prep school life, the picture of her Freeridge friends lying dusty and forgotten on her desk.

Jamal, surprisingly, has joined the football team. His victory in his last match may have just earned him a spot on the team despite him finally admitting to his parents that he's always hated football. 

Jasmin (Jessica Marie Garcia) and Ruby appear to still be going on strong as a couple, but they walk right past Jamal, exchanging not much more than a glance, not the glance of close friends happy to see each other, either.

The biggest reveal, however, is that of Cesar's. Before the time jump, he had asked his brother Oscar what would happen if someone else wanted to take control of the Santos, to which Oscar replied that he'd just let him do so. Cesar appears to have done just that - he's shaved his head, wears the Santos tattoos and appears to be in charge of a gang beating.

The kids' friendship has definitely been broken up just like Monse predicted would happen. The cracks had already begun to show even before she left. The kids were all uncomfortable with the plan they had come up with to take a life, even though they hadn't needed to. And Monse's presence not holding them all together was definitely a factor in the four of them growing apart. 

All episodes of 'Season 3' of 'On My Block' are now available to stream on Netflix.

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