Animal Kingdom Series Finale "Fulfilling" for Fans & "So Brilliant"

By the time the dust settled on the fifth season of TNT's popular crime-drama Animal Kingdom, Deran (Jake Weary), Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), and J (Finn Cole) had finally gotten their house in order with a plan that will purge them of some of Smurf's (Ellen Barkin) memories while setting the foundation for them to elevate the "family business" to new heights. But as rosy as things might look heading into the sixth & final season, a metaphorical "old ghost" and a literal dead body has returned from Pope's past to throw a whole lot of flies into the Codys' Vasoline (someone will get that reference). While the questions surrounding how the series will wrap up its storylines will remain unanswered until the series returns in 2022, Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS, and truTV, wants you to know that he's seen the series finale. And guess what? Well, we'll leave it to Weitz's own words, "I just saw the series finale of 'Animal Kingdom.' It's so brilliant, it's exactly the things we want to continue to do, just celebrating brilliant content." Here's a look at what else he had to share about the series finale in an interview with Deadline Hollywood, along with the possibility of spinoffs in the future.

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Weitz Believes Viewers Will Find the Series Finale "Fulfilling": "John Wells directed it. I called him, and I said to him, this is one of the most brilliant pieces of television. I have a brother, my brother and I don't deal with those Cody boys. They're never done, but watching the emotional connection of these brothers and watching it come to an end, it was as fulfilling as you want it to be for a consumer."

Weitz Has His "Door Open" to Series Creator John Wells to Talk Spinoffs: "Sam Linsky and Adrienne O' Riain and I have said to John [Wells], we are here — John knows how much we love him and love working with him. In our jobs, you want to nudge the creators, you don't want to force them into a decision. So, when he's ready and he feels like there's a natural evolution to that show or spinoff, not only is my door open but there's probably a slot on the air for him to do that. He could do no wrong in my books."

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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