I found the third brake light burned out, will this cause all brake lights not to work?
Brake lights are wired to work independently for safety reasons. If none of the lights are working, the first thing to do is check all the bulbs are good. No reason to start chasing wires if the bulbs are bad.
If all the bulbs are good, check fuses. If fuses are good, use a multi-meter to check for power at the light socket.
If no power, then check the brake light switch by the brake pedal.
Most common cause of these problems are bulbs, fuses, or the switch.