Prison Break is the latest expired Fox series to get the revival treatment, and fans have been rewarded for their years of loyalty with a surprise Season 5. The fifth season is currently airing, and star Wentworth Miller has weighed in on whether there could be a future for the series after the latest batch of episodes has aired, saying this:
I wouldn't rule it out. I feel like there's more story there and now we're talking about multiple generations. There are a lot of different directions that we could go, but I'm not in favor of exploring any of that unless there's something awesome that we can sink our teeth into.
Wentworth Miller revealed the possibility for a Prison Break Season 6 in a chat with EW, and it paints an interesting picture of the potential future for the characters. The action of Season 5 picked up seven years after the end of Season 4, and it revealed that the main characters went in very different directions. Lincoln and Sara were both deeply affected by Michael's apparent death, while Michael actually didn't die and ended up in yet another prison. Miller's tease of a possible Season 6 indicates that all the loose ends will not be totally wrapped up by the end of Season 5.
Of course, his comment about "multiple generations" could mean that the future of Prison Break has more to do with Michael's son than Michael himself. The kid is currently much too young to anchor a series like Prison Break, but the show has already pulled off one pretty mighty time jump; who's to say another time jump couldn't be in the cards for a Season 6? It won't necessarily need to be Prison Break: The Next Generation, but expanding the focus on other members of Michael and Lincoln's family could breathe new life into the show.
A lot may depend on the ratings for Season 5 as much as the story. The premiere earned solid ratings, although they were thoroughly unimpressive when compared to the X-Files revival premiere back in 2016. We'll have to wait and see what happens next with the numbers. If Prison Break is at least consistent throughout Season 5, Fox could have the motivation it needs to move forward with a Season 6. I'm just hoping that the current season doesn't end on a cliffhanger.
You can catch new episodes of Prison Break on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Check out our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule for a look at all your other viewing options now and in the coming weeks, and don't forget to drop by our rundown of the 2017 TV renewals and cancellations. If you're now in the mood for a blast from the Prison Break past, all four original seasons are available streaming on Netflix, along with many other series listed on our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule.