FX’s Snowfall progressively established itself as one of the most engrossing and consistent dramas on television after a difficult start, bringing a breathtaking degree of depth and intensity to every episode without ever stretching believability or losing focus of the characters’ gripping individual journeys. And the fourth season is shaping up to be the most action-packed and nerve-wracking yet.
Season 4 has seen all corners of the trade fold in on Franklin and his associates, from his increasing involvement in the Crips vs. Bloods conflict to the intensification of the LAPD’s “war on drugs” efforts to the investigation conducted by Herald Examiner reporter Irene Abe after season 3 forced Franklin (Damson Idris) to confront the sheer cost of commandeering a crack dealing operation (Suzy Nakamura).
Fans of the program may begin speculating about the path it will go in season 5 as this set of episodes draws to a close. Snowfall has been renewed by FX, according to Deadline, following a big increase in ratings in the pandemic-delayed fourth season. Here’s all we know about Season 5 of Snowfall thus far.
Snowfall Season 4 Trailer (HD)
This article has been updated to reflect the resumption of manufacturing on October 27, 2021.
When will Snowfall Season 5 be released?
Season 4 of Snowfall was planned to premiere in 2020 (according to Deadline), but it was postponed owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, and production was temporarily halted, as was the case with numerous other films and shows. As a result, the show was unable to run during its typical July-September timeframe, instead of airing between February and April 2021.
Given this, and the uncertainty about how safe it will be to continue filming movies and series over the next few months, we can reasonably infer that the show will no longer be linked to a summer release schedule as it was previously. Given that the previous wait durations between announcement and release were 11 months for season 2 and nine and a half months for season 3, it appears that FX has plenty of time to decide whether to move Snowfall back to mid-year or keep it in its present February-April schedule.
As a result, Season 5 of Snowfall is expected to be released somewhere between February and September 2022. However, we won’t know a precise date until the production plan for the season is finalized. We do know that production for the next season has resumed, which is a very encouraging sign. On October 26, actor Damson Idris posted a photo from the set with no caption other than a camera emoji.
Who can we expect to see in Season 5 of Snowfall?
Nobody is secure in Snowfall, and this has proven especially true in Season 4. It’s impossible to predict who we’ll see in the following episode at any given time. If things continue as they are, Damson Idris will be the only season 5 presence that is somewhat safe to count on, both because so much of the show still revolves around Franklin and because the real-life inspiration for the character, “Freeway” Rick Ross, served a prison sentence and is still alive today (via Showbiz CheatSheet). According to Deadline, Clarice’s Devyn Tyler will join the show as a new series regular named Veronique. Veronique is said to bring a refined sensibility to the realm of Snowfall, with an intellect that is only matched by her will to achieve.
If the remainder of season 4’s core cast returns, Carter Hudson, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Michael Hyatt, Isaiah John, Amin Joseph, and Kevin Carroll will all be back for season 5. And, as far as returning characters go, Melvin Gregg, Geffri Maya, De’Aundre Bonds, and Suzy Nakamura have all been significant enough that it wouldn’t be shocking if they returned, even if Nakamura’s character is now in a hazardous storyline position.
What will be the focus of Season 5 of Snowfall?
Season 4 of Snowfall has been shockingly conclusive in many respects, after the breakdown of the house of cards erected by Franklin and the CIA in partnership. Irene Abe’s tenacious persistence throughout the season has now culminated in the publication of her exposé of the enterprise. Now it’s up to the parties concerned to figure out if this will lead to more investigations and ultimate disaster for Franklin, Teddy, and the others, or whether they’ll find a way to keep Irene quiet. Even if they are able to elude the Herald Examiner and the authorities, some harm will be irreversible. Franklin, Manboy, and Skully’s increasing tensions ensure that none of the characters will have an easy time in the future.
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If seasons 1 to 4 were the “rise” phase of the drama, with the crack boom driving the characters higher and higher up, we’re on the verge of experiencing the crash. From The Shield to Breaking Bad, crime dramas have a long history of utilizing their final seasons to show how the heroes’ crimes ultimately catch up with them. “I feel like Leon is psychologically going through it this season because now you know he was supposed to take the blame for what he felt guilty for, and Franklin kind of talked him out of it,” actor Isaiah John told N’Style Atlanta.
After a slow-burn approach to the horrors of the crack epidemic for the majority of its duration, Snowfall appears destined to follow in the footsteps of its genre forefathers in the closing stretch.