The fifth and final season of the Golden Globe-winning Showtime drama series “The Affair” will premiere on August 25th. The network confirmed the return date for fans, who get one final season before saying goodbye. The show stars Golden Globe nominee Dominic West, Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney, and Sanaa Lathan. Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Anna Paquin (True Blood) joined the final season as a series regular, and new guest stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh (Patrick Melrose), Claes Bang (The Square) and Lyric Bent (She’s Gotta Have It), with Russell Hornsby (Fences) returning.
WGA Award-winning playwright Sarah Treem (House of Cards, In Treatment) created the series and serves as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. “The Affair” is also executive produced by Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects), Hagai Levi (In Treatment), and Michele Giordono (Nurse Jackie).
The show explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together.
There’s plenty of time to catch up with the first four seasons before the big premiere. If you’ve already seen the first four seasons, season five will chronicle the aftermath of last season’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices.
In season five, Helen (Tierney) begins the season involved in an intoxicating new affair with a charismatic movie star (guest star Claes Bang), who offers to give her everything she’s been missing. Noah (West) meanwhile has to swallow his pride and his jealousy and step in to take care of his family in her absence. When things seem to have stabilized, a chance encounter with someone from the distant past sets in a motion a sequence of events that brings them both to their knees.
Paquin stars as Alison and Cole’s now adult daughter Joanie Lockhart, who returns some years in the future to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle.
In addition to West, Tierney, and Paquin, Showtime confirmed that season five series regulars include Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand as Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway; and Lathan, as Janelle, Noah’s girlfriend and the principal at the school where he teaches. Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Michael Braun, Abigail Dylan Harrison, and Jake Siciliano will also guest star.
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