'Samurai Jack' Season 5 Will be the Cartoon's Definitive End

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 10:32PM
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 10:32PM
'Samurai Jack' Season 5 Will be the Cartoon's Definitive End
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After four seasons on Cartoon Network, Samurai Jack ended very unceremoniously back in 2004, with Jack's eternal quest to return to the past and defeat the demonic Aku (voiced by the late actor Mako) left unresolved. But it developed a dedicated fan following since then, and both a cancelled movie and a non-canon comic book tried to give the time-displaced samurai a proper ending.

With season 5 premiering on Adult Swim this March, the revival promises to not only bring the cult favorite cartoon samurai back into action, but finally end his endless storyline as well. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Genndy Tartakovsky explains how this finale has been a long time coming for him as well, reflecting on how grueling the show's production was, especially once he became immersed in the original Star Wars: Clone Wars series in 2003. 

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"This is it. This is the definitive end, and it's a great end. I haven't seen it yet, but I've storyboarded it, and I think it's super satisfying, and it should close the door for me for Samurai Jack.
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Set 50 years after the season 4 finale, Jack has found he cannot age anymore, and continues roaming through the future as a broken man without purpose. Being on Adult Swim, it's going to be much darker, but will retain the show's signature art style and minimalist storytelling. And like the original show, which would jump from silent, extended fight scenes to more lighthearted fare (a certain Scotsman comes to mind), episodes will vary between the solemn and the absurd. Tartakovsky claims that's just his sensibility, walking the line between "Bugs Bunny and film noir."

Samurai Jack season 5 will be ten episodes long, and premieres on March 11, 2017 on Adult Swim.

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