For the longest time, Samurai Jack was left ending on an odd note without any real resolution for the title character’s journey. Thankfully, Genndy Tartakovsky was able to order a revival to his series – one which will give the title character the ending he deserves.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tartakovsky reflected that there were a number of reasons why Samurai Jack didn’t get a continuation, with his commitment to Star Wars: Clone Wars being a big roadblock and Cartoon Network deciding to overhaul its programming after that series ended serving as an even bigger problem. For a time, it seemed possible that the series would be concluded through a feature film, but the movie never got off the ground as he shifted work to other projects.
It wasn’t until recently that Tarakovsky was able to fully commit to giving Jack’s story the continuation that it desperately needed. Back in 2015, the show finally got greenlit for a fifth season, and development started before the end of the year. Tartakovsky claimed that the end is definitely in sight with the 10-episode revival, set 50 years after the events of the previous episode.
“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.”
That being said, Tartakovsky also noted that he wouldn’t object to someone else telling new stories with Jack – provided that they took place before the true end of the story.
“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 [I’d be fine with that], but for me this is the end.”
Samurai Jack will take advantage of its TV-14 rating and show the kind of violence and dark themes that the show’s creators couldn’t portray previously.
“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 that] 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.”
Samurai Jack is back with Season 5 on March 11, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly