Warning! Spoilers for Samurai Jack’s season five finale lie below!
After more than a decade, fans of Samurai Jack have been given an ending befitting of the critically acclaimed series. The cartoon, which first premiered on Cartoon Network back in 2001, saw Samurai Jack throw into a desolate future after attempting to destroy the demon Aku. The beast threw the young Samurai into a future where he reigned supreme, leaving the hero to fight against various monsters and complete some serious introspective thoughts for a few years. This year, Samurai Jack was finally gifted its much-deserved ending when Adult Swim brought it back for a final gritty season.
And, thankfully, the fifth season finale did not disappoint. The last episode of Samurai Jack kicked off with a bang, and it ended with one long-awaited death.
Yes, that’s right. After years of dreaming back going back to the past, Jack was able to do so and finally killed Aku. The dragon monster was brought to his knees thanks to some help from his friends, but the good will did come at a cost.
In the episode “CI,” fans watched as Jack managed to escape Aku’s clutches after being captured. The monster managed to use his half-daughter Ashi to his aide, turning the young woman against Jack as she helped keep the samurai captive. However, the warrior is able to break the spell when he confesses to Ashi that he’s fallen in love with her.
With both heroes in their right mind, Ashi realizes that she’s inherited her father’s ability to travel through time. The girl then sends herself and Jack to the past, arriving right after Aku sends the hero to the future for the first time. It is there where Jack cuts down Aku for good and ends up rewriting his world’s timeline.
However, the demon’s death does leave a lasting scar with Jack. Later the in finale, fans watched as the samurai prepared to marry Ashi, but everything came to a halt when she collapses. It is revealed that Ashi is dying since Aku was killed. The death of the demon in the past means Ashi was never born in the future, leaving her to fade away from the timeline. And, when all is said and done, Jack is left back in his time alone overlooking the land under a beautiful sakura tree.
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.