Cinemax announced on Friday, Oct. 9 the premiere date for season 4 of “Banshee.” As Variety reports, the fourth and final season will begin on Friday, Jan. 29 at 10/9 p.m. CT.
“’Banshee’ is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “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.”
The cable network also released the first trailer for season 4, which includes a glimpse of new cast member Eliza Dushku. The “Buffy” alum will play Veronica Dawson, a sexy but shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons. Other cast additions for the new season will include Ana Ayora (“The Big Wedding”) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee deputy working as an inside plant, and Casey LaBow (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) as Maggie, the wife of local Aryan Brotherhood leader, Calvin (Chris Coy), who desperately wants a better life for herself and her son. Coy, who guest starred in the third season as Kurt Bunker’s (Tom Pelphrey) brother Calvin, has been promoted to a series regular for season 4, along with Matthew Rauch, who plays Kai Proctor’s (Ulrich Thomsen) bodyguard and right-hand man, Clay Burton
The fourth and final season will consist of eight episodes, according to TV Line. Producers of the show have known the end was near for sometime, which enabled them to craft an epic conclusion to the series. A sources close to “Banshee” maintains that the drama was not cancelled, and is ending on its own terms and not because Cinemax wanted it to.
“We have not been canceled, but on the creative side, we have decided to end the show, basically because we were done telling the story,” the source told Hitfix in July when it was first announced that the show would end after season 4 in 2016. “As Cinemax’s highest-rated show, no one was looking to cancel us. It was a creative decision. The premise was never meant to survive a long stretch. We all made the decision at the end of season 3 that we were going to make season 4 our grand finale.”
“Banshee,” which debuted in 2013, stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Season 3 premiered in January to 540,000 viewers, while its March finale grew to 692,000 viewers. Cinemax’s other scripted series include the Clive Owen period drama “The Knick,” which returns on Friday, Oct. 16, and the upcoming “Quarry” from “Banshee” showrunner Greg Yaitanes, while “Strike Back” just concluded its run.
“’Banshee’ has been an incredible ride, and we continue to break new ground in Season 4,” series co-creator Jonathan Tropper said in a statement. “While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come. I am grateful to Cinemax for making ‘Banshee’ the great success it has been, and for supporting our creative decision to wrap things up.”
Update: “Banshee” creator Jonathan Tropper has announced that season 4 has been delayed by Cinemax until April 1, 2016.