Samurai Jack’s fifth season will premiere on Adult Swim on March 11, the network confirmed this weekend.
During a promotional bump for Adult Swim, a fan asked what was going on with the show. In response, the network responded with the date and air time — March 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET.
The premiere of the new season of Samurai Jack has finally been revealed. pic.twitter.com/qicRjJOYD4— Nate (@CabooseJr) January 23, 2017
In December 2015, Cartoon Network released a five-second promo confirming the beloved cult show would return. Samurai Jack follows the time-traveling prince who sets out to destroy the shape-shifting demon, Aku. The show originally ran on the network between 2001 and 2004, but was cancelled after its fourth season. For years, creator Genndy Tartakovsky tried to get a feature-length movie about the character made, but after unsuccessful attempts, decided to reach out to Adult Swim and see if there was a chance they’d want the series back.
According to an interview with Nerd Reactor, within two weeks of Tartakovsky talking to Adult Swim’s creative director, Mike Lazzo, the series was in development. Although there were rumors the show would return in late 2016, artist Chris Reccardi posted an update on his Facebook page confirming it wouldn’t be until 2017. The post has since been deleted, but the newest promo from Adult Swim confirms Reccardi’s original news.
Tartakovsky announced during San Diego Comic Con last July the new season would run for 10 episodes. Tartakovsky referred to the season as the final journey for Jack and the rest of the characters, adding that whatever happened at the end would be the last of it.