After 13 years, the multi-award winning animated series is back for its fifth season. “Samurai Jack” showrunner and creator Genndy Tartakovsky has something more to say about the upcoming final season.
Talking to Empire recently, Tartakovsky explained why it took a while for them to release the final installment.
“I finished Hotel Transylvania 2, and after I did all the press and it came out, I just started looking for other work. Everything was going slow,” the Russian animator stated. He added that they’ve been planning to make a “Samurai Jack” movie, but it never came together. Therefore, he decided to continue with the series instead and talked to Adult Swim executive Mike Lazzo, who agreed to install the fifth season.
The soon-to-be-released season would take place 50 years after the events of season 4, and it would wrap up Jack’s journey.
“Yes, it’s the final journey,” Tartakovsky confirmed. He asserted that for the past 13 years, the press and fans had been asking him if he would continue with the Japanese-themed cartoon series. “So I decided that before that interest goes away, I should just do it,” he said.
Season 5 will have one story arc, which is made up of 10 episodes. When asked if he has enough material to complete the series, the 46-year-old cartoon creator showed no doubt. “In the TV show, I probably had three movies, so it was a perfect vehicle to really tell the story the right way,” he stated.
Although the people involved in the previous seasons are returning, Tartakovsky admitted that they faced challenges while working on the upcoming season. He explained, “The hardest thing is us, because we’re so ambitious and our ideas are so big, they’re so hard to do in television.” He also mentioned that he’s fighting with the schedule and budget.
In spite these several hiccups, “Samurai Jack” is scheduled to return on March 11. Tartakovsky assured the fans that it’s going to be epic, and if they get everything right, it will leave the audience in tears.