‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Confirms Season 5 Is ‘The Definitive End’
Every revival brings with it one inevitable question: whether revisiting opens the door to a full-scale continuation. The same could be asked of Adult Swim’s coming Samurai Jack Season 5, the first in over a decade, though creator Genndy Tartakovsky definitively confirms that the March revival will bring an end to Jack’s journey.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Tartakovsky revisited the circumstance surrounding the cartoon’s 2004 end, which left Season 4 on an open note as the crew pivoted to making Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars shorts. After years of attempting to get a movie going, Tartakovsky finally got the greenlight for a new Adult Swim season in 2015 (initially eying it for a fall 2016 premiere); which the animator now confirms is envisioned as the conclusion of Samurai Jack:
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.
The series is set to premiere on March 11 at 11:30 P.M., while the full synopsis reads:
It’s been 50 years since we saw Samurai Jack and time has not been kind to him. Aku has destroyed every time portal and Jack has stopped aging, a side effect of time travel. It seems he is cursed to just roam the land for all eternity.
Tartakovsky did note the fifty years between Season 4 and 5 as open to any additional animators who “wanted to jump in and do some stories in between,” though “for me this is the end.”
Check out additional Samurai Jack Season 5 trailers and clips below, and stay tuned for the March premiere.