Animal Kingdom Season 5: Shawn Hatosy's Pope Revisits Last Season

Animal Kingdom fans now have less than a week to go until Deran (Jake Weary), Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), and J (Finn Cole) coming storming back to TNT for a fifth season (unless you caught the sneak preview Saturday night- nice move, TNT). Now the last time we checked in on the Codys' real-life counterparts, they were looking back on the long-running series' pilot episode. But this time around, the network is offering a brief refresher course on where things stand heading into the series return. Finally out from underneath Smurf's (Ellen Barkin) shadow, the boys look to reaffirm the family's seat at the head of the crime world. But that's going to mean facing off with those looking for answers about Smurf's demise and others looking to challenge the Codys' power. But the conflicts will come from within, too- as Deran, Pope, Craig, and J each look to take the reins of the family.

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Now, Hatosy's Pope serves as your unofficial "tour guide" through both the fourth season and earlier to get everyone up-to-speed on the new world order awaiting the Codys when Animal Kingdom returns to TNT on July 11:

Here's a look back at the previously-released Season 5 trailer, with the series set to make its return on July 11:

In "Animal Kingdom" season five, 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.

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.

Animal Kingdom Season 6 will be its last. (Image: TNT)
Animal Kingdom Season 6 will be its last. (Image: TNT)

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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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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