'The Deuce' Heads Into the '80s in Final Season Sneak Peek (PHOTOS)

Rick and Christina Gables

The '80s are in full swing as the critically acclaimed drama series The Deuce brings its story to a close when it returns for its eight-episode, third and final season, premiering Monday, September 9 on HBO.

In Season 3, the story resumes its chronicle of the rise of pornography and the multibillion-dollar industry’s transformation of American culture seven years after the culmination of the second season.

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The new episodes bring us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before.

James Franco returns as both Frankie and Vincent Martino who, in Season 3, finds himself tired, wary and in search of a way out. Maggie Gyllenhaal also is back as Candy, a director struggling to maintain her artistic integrity in an industry that is quickly devolving.

Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at the new season!

The Deuce, Season 3 Premiere, Monday, September 9, 8/8c, HBO