“The Affair” will return for a fifth and final season, with portions filmed once again in Montauk, but — and here’s the unexpected twist — “a climate-change ravaged Montauk,” Showtime announced Friday afternoon.
In addition, the network said Anna Paquin will join the time-jump final season as Joanie Lockhart, the adult daughter of Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) and Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson). Wilson, whose character died late in season 4, will not return, even in flashback.
Per Showtime, Paquin’s Joanie will return to Long Island “some years in the future to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle.” Currently in production and set to return in 2019, a Showtime spokeswoman said via email that the series is filming in both “Los Angeles and Moutauk” — the same as last season — and that only parts of the fifth season will be set on Long Island.
Paquin, also starring in a 2019 streaming series, “Flack,” with Sophie Okonedo and Bradley Whitford, was most recently in Netflix’s “Alias Grace,” and was of course the lead in HBO’s “True Blood.” As Joanie, she will confront what essentially could be a cold case involving her own mother. Alison was thought to have died by suicide (drowning) but in fact may have been killed by troubled veteran Ben (Ramon Rodriguez). There were two versions of Alison’s death although the murder certainly seemed the more plausible. Per Showtime, “there are no plans at this time” for Rodriguez to return for the fifth season.
In a news release, the network described the final season in general — or perhaps more accurately — vague terms related to Helen (Maura Tierney) and Noah Solloway (Dominic West): “Season five will chronicle the aftermath of the season finale’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first face the past.”
Showtime did not announce the launch date but said there will be 10 episodes for the final season.