Showtime has given the dramatic series The Affair a fifth and final season to wrap up storylines. The network today announced the fifth season will be the show’s last, and according to Showtime ending after five seasons was always series creator Sarah Treem’s plan.
“We love the intimacy, the nuance and the emotional honesty of The Affair’s subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity,” stated Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”
Season four is currently airing on Sundays at 9pm ET/PT. The fourth season will conclude on August 19th.
Writers Guild Award winner Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) writes and produces the series, and co-created the critically acclaimed drama with Hagai Levi (In Treatment). Treem also serves as the showrunner and executive produces with Levi and Jessica Rhoades.
The Season 4 Plot: The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. Season four finds Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West), Helen (Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney), 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. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good – with a season about new beginnings, tragic ends and the ever-elusive possibility of forgiveness.
Sanaa Lathan (Shots Fired) guest stars as Janelle, the tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah teaches. Their professional relationship soon turns intimate and is further complicated by the presence of her brilliant, misunderstood son Antoine, a student in his class played by guest star Christopher Meyer (The Fosters). Ramon Rodriguez (Iron Fist) guest stars as Ben, a Marine veteran now employed by the VHA and Alison’s new love interest. Additional season four guest stars include Russell Hornsby (Grimm), Amy Irving (Yentl) and Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries).