Nov 18, 2013 10:22 AM EST By Lauren DuBois

‘Amish Mafia’ Season 3 Spoilers: Cast & Crew Spotted Filming Christmas Episode Ahead of 2014 Start Date? [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Fans eagerly awaiting the start of Discovery's third season of Amish Mafia may soon be rewarded, as various cast and crew members have been spotted out in various parts of Lancaster County, Penn.

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Cast and crew members from Amish Mafia were spotted in various parts of Lancaster Country, Penn. recently, stirring speculation that filming has began for the show's third season. 

Scenes for the Discovery Channel series were reportedly shot north of Lititz on Friday, Nov. 15, Lancaster Online reported. Filming was also said to take place on private property on Dead End Road, in Elizabeth Township, Penn., just west of Route 322 and north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

It was unclear whether the filming was for the beginning of season three, slated to premiere next year, or a special Christmas episode the show is airing in December. 

See exclusive photos here from filming.

An eyewitness who saw Mafia star Merlin Miller recently in Bird-in-Hand, Penn., wrote on the Facebook fan page "Merlin from Amish Mafia," that the reality star was potentially filming for the Christmas special.

"Just saw him destroying an INFLATABLE SANTA in BIRD-IN-HAND PA at the one room school house museum RT. 340 on 11/11/13 THEY WAS FILMING very funny watching Merlin go nuts!!!!" Joey Orner posted Nov. 13.

If Orner's eyewitness account is true, it suggests the cast and crew are currently filming the Christmas episode, but will soon begin production on the highly anticipated third season.

There is no word on if Esther Schmucker's role on the show will be affected as she recovers from a physical assault by her boyfriend, Imir. R. Williams. It is also unclear if Alan Beiler, who was reportedly released from Perry County Prison on Nov. 8, will be filming scenes.

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The reported Christmas special of Amish Mafia is set to air in December and season three is slated for an unknown premiere date in 2014.

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