‘The Affair’ Adds Anna Paquin for Season 5

Anna Paquin joins The Affair
Anna Paquin joins Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ season 5 (Photo by Kevin Scanlon)

Oscar winner Anna Paquin (The Piano) has signed on to the fifth and final season of Showtime’s The Affair. According to the network’s official announcement, Anna Paquin will play what’s described as a pivotal role as “Alison and Cole’s now adult daughter Joanie Lockhart who returns some years in the future to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle.”

Anna Paquin joins the cast that’s led by Golden Globe nominee Dominic West and Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney. The season five regulars also include Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand as Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway; and Sanaa Lathan, as Janelle, Noah’s love interest.

Guest stars for the final season include Claes Bang (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) as Sasha Mann, a charismatic movie star and love interest for Helen. Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, Russell Hornsby, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Abigail Dylan Harrison and Jake Siciliano are also on board as guest stars.

WGA Award winner Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) created the series and serves as an executive producer and showrunner. Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects), Hagai Levi (In Treatment), and Michele Giordono (Nurse Jackie) also executive produce.

Showtime expects the fifth and final season of The Affair to premiere in 2019.

The Affair Season 5 Plot:

Season four found Noah (West), Helen (GTierney), Alison (Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson) and Cole (Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Joshua Jackson) in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Season five will chronicle the aftermath of the season finale’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices – as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first, face the past.

This final season is about how everything does really fall apart in the end, but somewhere in that wreckage, the seeds of change finally sprout.