The fourth season of Banshee will include “thick lashings of action and gore”, according to Anthony Starr.
@Banshee, created by Johnathan Tropper and David Schickler, is an American action television series, developed specifically for the Cinemax network. Created as an effort to increase the network’s number of original productions, @Banshee is executively produced by Tropper and Schickler, alongside Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball, and Greg Yaitanes.
#Banshee premiered on January 11th of 2013 and quickly became Cinemax’s highest rated series, garnering an average 433,000 viewers per episode (which increased to an average of 727,000 in the week following each episode’s release). #Banshee’s original season finale drew in even more viewers than its premiere, with numbers totaling 455,000. The Banshee series was ultimately renewed for a second and third season, which aired in January of 2014 and 2015, respectively. In the month following the series’ third season premiere, the Cinemax network announced its plans to renew Banshee for what would be its fourth, and final, season.
Set in the small, Amish, and fictional, town, of Banshee, Pennsylvania, the Banshee series follows an anonymous ex-con (Anthony Starr) as he is released from jail after fifteen years. Ending up in the town of Banshee, he immediately sees a sheriff, Luke Hood, get shot, and goes on to steal his identity in order to evade enemy and former boss, Igor “ Mr. Rabbit” Rabitov (Ben Cross), from whom he stole the diamonds that got him arrested. Our ex-con, however, did not commit the crime alone. He was aided by his girlfriend Anastasia Rabitov (Ivana Miličević), Rabbit’s daughter. Although the ex-con was caught, Anastasia escaped with the diamonds and now, fifteen years later, is still hiding from her father while also leading a double life in the very same Amish town.
Fans were shocked when Cinemax announced that Banshee’s fourth season would be its last, especially considering the series’ consistently high ratings. Micahel Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, says “Banshee is a unique and compelling show that helped set a high standard for original programming for Cinemax.” He continues, “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not be disappointed in Banshee’s final season”.
It appears that the real reason behind Banshee’s ending is not the network, however, but simply because the creative minds behind the show feel like it has come to an end. A source has revealed to HitFix, “It was a creative decision. The premise was never meant to survive a long stretch. We made the decision at the end of season three that we were going to make season four our grand finale”. Creator Johnathan Trooper has also tweeted: “I felt pressure to come up with a 5th season, but to me there is nothing more disappointing than a show that doesn’t know when it’s over”.
Banshee’s fourth, and final, season recently premiered on the Cinemax channel on April 1st, 2016. Set two years following the events of the third season, the premiere episode, entitled “Something Out of the Bible”, immediately provided fans with some shockers. From the get-go, we are informed that Kai Proctor’s niece and lover, Rebecca (Lili Simmons), has been murdered and authorities suspect a serial killer is on the loose. Hood is immediately deemed a suspect when Rebecca’s GPS shows
One reviewer has noted that this season’s premise “feels like the start of a long-postponed revival or a belated sequel more than a fourth season”, with others declaring it very reminiscent of a “puzzle-box mystery that slowly gets pieced together through time jumps and gradual reveals”.
Get in on the mystery with the next episode of Banshee’s final season, entitled “Job” and scheduled to premiere on April 15th, 2016.