Sometimes shows just get canceled and unfortunately, those who loved that show don't really ever get any closure. For years, it has seemed like that was the case with Samurai Jack, but luckily we are finally getting a fifth season of the beloved animated series and make no mistake about it, we will be getting closure this time around. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky has now made it clear that Samurai Jack season 5 will be the "definitive end" to the series.
In anticipation of the show's return in less than two weeks, Genndy Tartakovsky talked at length with Entertainment Weekly recently about Samurai Jack season 5. During the course of the conversation, it was revealed that the end of this season will serve as a conclusion to the series and the long-awaited conclusion for Jack's story. Here is what he had to say about it.
"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. Now, look, there's 50 years between season 4 and season 5, and if somebody wanted to jump in and do some stories in between, but for me this is the end."
In the new season, 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. As Tartakovsky notes, that 50-year gap in time is something that could potentially be explored, but there certainly won't be any episodes of Samurai Jack that take place after the events of season 5. For years prior to this new season attempts had been made to get a movie off the ground that would wrap up Jack's story, but it never came to fruition. Some turned to the Samurai Jack comic books, which took some liberties with the canon. According to Genndy Tartakovsky, anything that happened in the comics might as well be fan fiction.
The comics, I really didn't want them to go into a territory where they were gonna finish the story their way. I think that was wrong of them to do that. So, it's not canon, it's not part of my Jack universe, and I know some people like them, but the show is the show and that should be, that's what the truth is."
He also goes on to say that, back when Samurai Jack season 4 ended, Cartoon Network really liked the show, but they just didn't know what to do with it. Eventually, they were able to give season 5 the green light on Adult Swim, which is a good home for it. The Adult Swim audience can handle some more mature content, so this season is going to be much more bloody and will really open things up.
"The biggest thing that we were able to take advantage of is more of a mature style of storytelling, [though] Jack never pandered to really tiny kids anyway. But at the same time the most exciting things [are] we get to dive into the madness of Jack right now and where he's at and that he's really lost hope and he's just miserable and that kind of psychosis. It's something that I wanted to do in animation and I don't think it's ever been done to this level or the level that I'm hoping that we're doing it."
EW also recently revealed the first clip from the new season, which speaks to the more "mature style" that is going to be showcased. The important thing is, after 13 years, fans of the show are finally going to get some definitive closure. Samurai Jack season 5 is set to debut on Adult Swim at 11:30 p.m EST on Saturday, March 11.