Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are headed back into the squared-circle for a fourth and final season, with Netflix announcing the series end on Friday. While a premiere date is still too far off, showrunners-writers-executive producers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch will return for the final 10 episodes of the series the duo created alongside executive producers Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann, and Mark Burley.
The award-winning series focuses on the fictionalized world of real 1980's syndicated women's professional wrestling via the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) – and in the third season, the wrestlers made their way to Las Vegas for a unique professional opportunity.
With the third season underway but no decision made on a fourth season at that point, Flahive discussed the risk of ending the third season with so many major question marks:
"We have a full story to tell and whether or not we're idiots for not giving ourselves an ending this season remains to be seen. We've played it this way every season, where we've sort of left it all on the field. This show has a big heart and a big cast and big story to tell, and other people are not going to set that limit for us. We can't do that, because it wouldn't be fair to what we're trying to do. We'd love to have the opportunity to give the show a satisfying ending."
GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980's Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she's thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women's wrestling.
In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture-perfect life is not what it seems. And at the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
Season 3 follows the ladies of GLOW as headliners at the Fan-Tan in Vegas. The women quickly realize Sin City is much more grind than glitter. Ever the team cheerleader, Ruth's passion for the show begins to take a backseat to her growingly complicated personal life. Debbie is making headway as a producer, but continues to be consumed with guilt over the distance between her and her son. As their residency wears on, the lines blur between performance and reality, and the cast find themselves struggling with their own identities in and outside of the ring.
Netflix's GLOW stars Brie, Gilpin Marc Maron, Geena Davis, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Gayle Rankin, Sunita Mani, Rebekka Johnson, Kimmy Gatewood, Britt Baron, Kate Nash, Ellen Wong, Jackie Tohn, Marianna Palka, and Kia Stevens. Flahive and Mensch executive produce alongside Tara Hermann and Jenji Kohan.