American drama series ‘Animal Kingdom’ is set to return for its season five. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
- In June 2019, TNT renewed its powerhouse crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom’ for the fifth season.
- Later in January 2021, TNT also announced the sixth and final season of the series.
- Animal Kingdom Season 5 is all set to arrive on TNT on July 11, 2021.
- The season is reportedly split into the past and present timelines.
Animal Kingdom is an American crime serial drama TV series based on a film back from 2010 of the same name. David Michod and Liz Watts are the two executive producers, being the film’s director and producer. The show debuted on TNT on June 14, 2016. The last, season 4, premiered on May 28, 2019. Since Season 4’s controversial cliffhanger ending, the fans have been waiting for Animal Kingdom Season 5.
Animal Kingdom Season 5 Release Date
In July 2019, TNT announced the show’s renewal for a fifth season. It’s been more than a year since that news came out, and we’re getting the season now. Thanks to Covid-19 that halted the production of many shows and made fans wait for so long. In March 2020, the filming for season five was stopped due to the pandemic. It resumed on September 7, 2020.
Eventually, on December 11, 2020, the filming wrapped up for season five. Now, Animal Kingdom Season 5 will make its premiere on July 11, 2021. It will follow its regular pattern, which means that we’ll get a new episode every Sunday. The second episode will release on July 18, the third on July 25, and so on. Also, the time slot will be the usual 9 p.m. ET/PT slot.
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There are a total of 13 episodes in the fifth season. The finale airs on Oct 3, 2021.
What storyline will the season follow?
Season 4 of the series was a complete explosive for all the fans. It showed Smurf’s death, which broke the Codys internally. As per the info on the show’s official website, Season 5 will revolve around the family’s past and present. As for the present, “Pope, Craig, Deran, and J still are dealing with the fallout from the events surrounding Smurf’s death, including family members out for revenge.” Looks like we have a lot to explore in Season 5.
On May 19, 2021, TNT dropped the official trailer of Animal Kingdom Season 5 on YouTube. In case you have just missed this spine-chiller trailer, we have it here for you. Season 4 depicted that Smurf planned a heist as a funeral for her and Pope’s death. Instead, J (Finn Cole) shot her straight in the head. Next, we’ll see how they’ll expand their underworld business, handling their vengeance. Moreover, we’ll see the young Cody family in the past.
Animal Kingdom Season 5 Cast
As expected, all the main characters of the show will return for Season 5. These are the soul and the show’s very essence. The primary stars of Animal Kingdom to appear in the fifth season are as follows.
- Leila George as Janine “Smurf” Cody
- Finn Cole as Joshua “J” Cody
- Shawn Hatosy as Andrew “Pope” Cody
- Ben Robson as Craig Cody
- Jake Weary as Deran Cody
- Rigo Sanchez as Manny
- Jon Beavers as Jake
- Emily Deschanel as Angela
- Denis Leary as Billy
Most of you would think why Leila George is playing Smurf. Well, as you know, the elder Smurf, played by Ellen Barkin, is shown dead in Season 4’s climax. So she’ll not appear anymore. Instead, Leila George is cast in Season 5 as the younger Smurf (Janine Cody).
Apart from that, Angela and Billy will no longer be recurring characters. Rather they’ll be the season’s prime focuses. Turning to the characters having a recurring appearance in Season 5. As mentioned in Fandom, these are:
- Christina Ochoa as Renn Randall
- Dichen Lachman as Frankie
- Jon Beavers as Jake
- Gil Birmingham as Pearce
Where can I watch Animal Kingdom Season 5?
There are several ways to watch new episodes. If you have access to live cable TV or a password to watch cable television online, you can watch new episodes of Animal Kingdom Season 5 on TNT every Sunday at 9/8c (or to login into).
If you don’t have live cable TV access then Hulu with Live TV is your best option to watch the show in the United States. TNT is among 65+ channels offered by Hulu’s live TV streaming service.
Amazon Prime Video members can stream all episodes of Animal Kingdom from Season 1 through 4. However, Season 5 won’t be available on the streamer until Summer 2022.
Other apps like Sling TV and YouTube TV include TNT in their channel lineups. Fans can subscribe to these apps to watch the season 5 episodes.
Will there be Animal Kingdom Season 6?
Good and bad news for fans. There will be the sixth season but it will be the final season of the series. Animal Kingdom season 6 will premiere in summer 2022.