It’s nearly here! After more than a decade, Cartoon Network will soon welcome back a beloved character. Thanks to Adult Swim, the late-night block will be reviving Samurai Jack after more than 12 years away. The gritty return will reintroduce fans to the show’s titular hero as he grapples with his on-going war against Aku. Stripped of his sword, Jack finds himself loaded with ammunition as he cuts a bloody streak through a world in which he doesn’t belong. And, now, the creator of Samurai Jack has confirmed the show’s return will complete the series.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Genndy Tartakovsky spoke at-length about the fifth season of Samurai Jack. The creator, who brought the show to life years ago, explained how he always intended to give the show a proper ending. So, with a decade gone by, Tartakovsky is pleased to see his dream realized.
“This is it. This is the definitive end, and it’s a great end,” Tartakovsky said. “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.”
Still, the creator is not opposed to someone else taking up his mantle. “Look, there’s 50 years between season 4 and season 5,” he explained. “If somebody wanted to jump in and do some stories in between, but for me this is the end.”
The synopsis for Samurai Jack’s fifth season can be read below:
“It’s been 50 years since we saw Samurai Jack and time has not been kind to him. Aku has destroyed every time portal and Jack has stopped aging, a side effect of time travel. It seems he is cursed to just roam the land for all eternity.”
Samurai Jack originally ran for four seasons from 2001 until 2004. The show featured a time-traveling samurai prince who fought against a shape-shifting demon named Aku. Following the demon through time, the character assumed the name Jack after he reached a future, dystopian version of Earth. Now stuck, Jack attempted to kill Aku and get back to the past to prevent the future from ever becoming a reality.
Several cast members will be returning to the 10-episode season such as Phil LaMarr who originally voiced the show’s titular character. While LaMarr was initially unable to comment on his involvement with Samurai Jack’s fifth season, the actor was later able to do so following an appearance at AwesomeCon 2016.
Samurai Jack will return to Cartoon Network on March 11th.