Everyone fawns over The Knick as being the show that has solidified Cinemax as a legit premium cable player (and it is a fantastic series), but in truth that all started off with Banshee. Jonathan Tropper and Greg Yaitanes’ series is full of brutal violence, yes, but it’s also capable of showcasing some truly beautiful filmmaking. It has also, over the course of its first three seasons, has created true connections among its characters (which is also thanks to the incredible cast), as well as real stakes that can make viewers feel uneasy about the fates of our favorites.
Sadly, this is Banshee’s final season, but since that was largely a creative decision by the show’s creators, we can certainly hope to expect some closure and a proper farewell. (Speaking of which, does this trailer give away a huge spoiler at 0:44? Hopefully it’s a fake-out …). Will we find out Lucas Hood’s (Antony Starr) real name? What does the future hold for him and Anastasia (Ivana Milicevic)? What the hell has happened to Job (Hoon Lee) and can the team (with Frankie Faison) get him back? (I’m going to say yes … with a lot of blood).
In addition to all of these old threads, there’s still the tensions with Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and his control of Banshee, and it looks like Eliza Dushku will be joining the cast as a special agent investigating the town (finally — how many people have been gunned down or disappeared there?) Plus, we may get to see Bunker (Tom Pelphrey) get to kick a lot of white supremacist ass. Regardless, it’s going to be great.
Banshee returns to Cinemax January 29th — check out the first trailer below, and the full press release with more images after that:
NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2015 – BANSHEE will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season Jan. 29, 2016, exclusively on CINEMAX. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce.
“BANSHEE is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for CINEMAX,” says Michael Lombardo, president, 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.”
“BANSHEE has been an incredible ride, and we continue to break new ground in season four,” notes co-creator and executive producer Jonathan Tropper. “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.”
Debuting in Jan. 2013, BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (“Wish You Were Here”) 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..
Other cast members include Ivana Milicevic (“Aloha,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, which has recently learned of her criminal past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”) as Lucas’ arch-enemy, Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy businessman who believes he is above the law; Hoon Lee (“The Blacklist”) as Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas and Carrie in their criminal enterprises; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise and powerful former boxer who owns the local watering hole and serves as confidante to Lucas and Job; Matt Servitto (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) as Brock Lotus, Lucas’ long-suffering veteran deputy;
Ryann Shane (“Lights Out”) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie’s teenage daughter, who is rattled after learning Lucas fathered her; Lili Simmons (HBO’s “True Detective”) as Rebecca Bowman, Proctor’s sexy niece, who has taken on a larger role in his criminal activities; Matthew Rauch (“The Blacklist,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) as Clay Burton, Proctor’s multifaceted, complicated bodyguard and right-hand man; Tom Pelphrey (“The Following”) as Kurt Bunker, a former skinhead who joins the Banshee sheriff’s department as a deputy; and Chris Coy (“The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “Treme”) as Calvin Bunker, Kurt’s unsavory brother, who has kept his Nazi ties.
New to the cast are Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Veronica Dawson, a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons, who joins forces with Lucas; Ana Ayora (“The Big Wedding”) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee deputy working as an inside plant for Proctor; and Casey LaBow (“The Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) as Maggie, wife of a local Aryan Brotherhood leader, who desperately wants a better life for herself and her son.
Season four credits: BANSHEE was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler; executive producers, Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum, Ole Christian Madsen; producer, Robert F. Phillips.