Is Goliath Season 5 Canceled?

Goliath‘ has been one of the most popular shows on Amazon Prime since the early days of the streaming service. The legal drama follows the complicated life of Billy McBride, a former ace lawyer going through a rough patch whose interest in law is reignited by a peculiar case. Created by David E. Kelley (‘Mr. Mercedes‘) and Jonathan Shapiro, the series first premiered in 2016.

The show has garnered critical acclaim for its portrayal of the legal system and the corruption in it. The fourth season also received praise from critics for its visually distinct style and emotional character arcs. Over the course of its four seasons, McBride and those around him have come to accept their human and vulnerable aspects, bringing McBride’s journey of redemption to a full circle. Does that mean this is the end of the road for the show? Or will there be a ‘Goliath’ season 5? If you are curious about the same, here’s all that you need to know!

Goliath Season 5 Release Date

‘Goliath’ season 4 landed on September 24, 2021, on Amazon Prime Video. The fourth season contains eight episodes that have a runtime of 40-54 minutes each.

The series was renewed for the fourth season on November 14, 2021, more than a month after the third season debuted. However, production on the fourth installment was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it eventually arrived on the aforementioned date. With the season 4 renewal announcement, Amazon Prime Video already confirmed that it would also be the show’s final outing. As a result, many fans were aware that season 4 would be McBride’s last rodeo in the courtroom.

Therefore, the makers of the show had the challenge of crafting a satisfying ending, and it is safe to say they succeeded in that regard. In the final season, McBride fights to get justice for the victims of the opioid epidemic. The face-off between Billy Bob Thornton’s McBride and J.K. Simmons’ George Zax is an absolute treat for the viewers, with the former emerging on top. The series ends with McBride healing from his inner pain and reuniting with his daughter, Denise.

There is no official reason so as to why the series is ending with the fourth installment. But in a recent interview in September 2021, the lead star Thornton revealed that he had only signed on for four seasons. He admitted that he found the fourth season to be the best one yet, and it would be hard to top it with a season 5. Therefore, in his opinion, the fourth edition is the perfect way to end the show.

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In the same interview, the actor also stated that his primary interests lie in music and movies, hinting that he might want to pursue new projects. Thornton’s sentiments are understandable as he has been essaying the part of McBride for four seasons. The cast went through various changes through the course of the series, with Thornton being one of the few players returning each season. Moreover, if he was to exit prematurely, it would be difficult to imagine the legal drama continuing without its lead star.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the show has reached the finish line with season 4. As things stand, it is unlikely that ‘Goliath’ season 5 will ever get made. While it is always disheartening to bid farewell to our favorite characters, fans can find solace in the fact that McBride’s journey of redemption is finally complete. And like him, we should also move on to the next adventure in our lives.

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