It's crazy to think that Samurai Jack will return to television after 13 years off the air. To put that in perspective, a child born that year is now the same age that I was while watching the show while it was on. Unfortunately, when Jack is back in action on March 11, the wave of nostalgia many twentysomethings feel will be short lived, as there will be no more to follow, according to creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Samurai Jack's finality may not be the greatest news for fans, but Tartakovsky thinks the finale is the absolute perfect send-off.
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.
Sad news for fans who had a sliver of hope (like me) that perhaps strong ratings might persuade Genndy Tartakovsky and Adult Swim to consider extending the series beyond Season 5. That said, it's good to know that Samurai Jack will indeed end with narrative finality, which is the whole reason fans needed closure to begin with. Samurai Jack continued on in Season 4 as if the creators didn't know the series was going to end, and that's kind of true, but not the whole story. The reason for this massive delay was more bad luck than anything.
Genndy Tartakovsky tells EW that shortly after Samurai Jack's Season 4 concluded, he was put on to helm another cult favorite Cartoon Network animated series, Star Wars: Clone Wars. Tartakovsky knew that the team could not tackle both the Star Wars project and a new season of Samurai Jack, so they paused production on the former series and hoped to return to it after Star Wars was completed. By the time Clone Wars was done, Cartoon Network had shifted its programming schedule and there was no room for Samurai Jack on the board. In years following, Tartakovsky would tease fans saying Jack would return, going so far as to develop a comic book series, but has since confirmed that the comics were not canon to the television universe. Now, fans will finally get to see Tartakovsky's true vision for the series' continuation.
That vision will be remarkably darker than the Samurai Jack fans knew of the past. Violence will be more pronounced, mature themes will be discussed, and it feels as though the series has grown up with its original audience. Will the darker themes of Samurai Jack be enough to entice old fans back into the series and still retain what made it great? That is still up in the air, but at least we can say for sure that love it or hate it - and we really want to love it - this is the last of Samurai Jack.
Be sure to watch when Samurai Jack makes its return on Adult Swim on March 11th at 11:30 p.m. ET. Netflix should have some great series out for you to binge while you stay up that night so check out our midseason premiere guide and start making plans!