So we're guessing that Animal Kingdom fans more than realize that the cast wasn't kidding when they said that the fifth season would waste any time kicking things into overdrive. Between fending off some seriously deadly challenges and learning more about the behind-the-scenes maneuverings that Smurf (Ellen Barkin) kept in play to keep the Codys protected. If Deran (Jake Weary), Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), and J (Finn Cole) want to reaffirm the family's seat at the head of the crime world, they're going to have to step their game up big time. To do that, the family needs an "alpha" and that's where the biggest problem lies- a problem you'll see addressed in the following preview for the season. What do you do when everyone thinks they're the "alpha"?
For a look at what's still to come, check out the following teaser for Season 5- with TNT's Animal Kingdom returning Sunday night with a brand new episode:
In "Animal Kingdom" Season 5, Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), Deran (Jake Weary) and J (Finn Cole) are still dealing with the fallout from the events surrounding Smurf's death, including family members out for revenge. With their kingdom without a leader, the Cody family's struggle to maintain their fragile alliance, and to see which of them will come out on top. Meanwhile, they search for more information on Pamela Johnson whom Smurf made the beneficiary of her estate. And back in 1984, an increasingly volatile 29-year-old Smurf is forging her own path raising Pope and Julia and leading the charge on dangerous jobs with new and old friends.
And for those new to the game and need to catch up on the Codys' previous four-season family history, the fine folks at TNT have got you covered with a recap of Animal Kingdom Seasons 1-4:
Jasper Polish (Force of Nature), Darren Mann (Fortunate Son), Kevin Csolak (Boardwalk Empire), and Stevie Lynn Jones (Nancy Drew) are set to join the cast in recurring roles during what's expected to be a 2022 debut for the sixth and final season. Now here's a look at "who's who" during the show's final run, beginning with Polish's Julia- a beautiful, intelligent, and edgy. Although she's an excellent student, she's also the type of chick who sells tabs of LSD because she thinks it's cool. She's torn between loving and hating her mother, Smurf.
Csolak's Andrew is intense and struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness. He possesses a simmering rage but also instinctively searches for redemption as he struggles with his darkest impulses. He is completely devoted to Smurf, to his best friend Baz, and his twin sister Julia. Mann's Baz is a charismatic opportunist who will do whatever is necessary to ensure his own safety. He's not above pitting the other kids against each other in his effort to ingratiate himself with Smurf, who sees him more as a partner (personally and professionally) than as her adopted son. Stevie Lynn Jones' Penny is an intelligent, beautiful young woman in her early 20s. A rule breaker in her youth, she's trying to stay on the straight and narrow. She's stuck in a loveless marriage to a Marine- though she and she and J will become dangerously close.
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