Animal Kingdom Star Shawn Hatosy: Codys Will Go Out "On Their Terms"

TNT's Animal Kingdom viewers were hit with a wicked combo of feels on Thursday, learning that not only will Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Leila George, Rigo Sanchez, and Jon Beavers be back this summer for its 13-episode fifth season but also that the series had been picked up for a sixth season, too. The not-too-fine print, so to speak? The popular crime drama series will be ending its run with those final 13 episodes. But as tough as it is to deal with a series that you love coming to an end (as a fan or a member of the cast, as we've seen with Supernatural, Modern Family, etc.), Hatosy took to social media to reassure fans that while the cast feels their pain they're also planning to deliver a final run that does right by the Codys.

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

Hatosy wrote, "Bittersweet news. Yes season 6 will be the end for the Cody family but our talented writers will reward us with a proper finale. That means the Codys go out on their terms. Don't be sad, 26 episodes left! That's like a thousand hours … see you this summer for season 5!!!" (with the full post below):

 

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In TNT's Animal Kingdom season five, Pope (Hatosy), Craig (Robson), Deran (Weary), and J (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 Codys 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. Take a look at Hatosy's reminder that the Codys aren't going anywhere any time soon- and why it's important to wear a mask when you're at home or at "work":

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@shawnyhats said it best, Animal Kingdom WILL be back. In the meantime, stay safe everyone! #AnimalKingdom

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TNT's Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Emmy Award-winner John Wells, Daniele Nathanson, and Erin Jontow serve as executive producers on the series. The series was developed for television by Jonathan Lisco and inspired by the award-winning Australian feature film written & directed by David Michôd and produced by Liz Watts, who also serve as executive producers on the series. A consistent ratings success, Animal Kingdom reached 27 million viewers in season four across all platforms, with the premiere retaining its audience from the previous season's average (the series also ranked among 2019's top 10 cable dramas: P18-49, L+7, ad-supported cable).

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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