Samurai Jack is easily one of Cartoon Network’s greatest original animated series, with Genndy Tartakovsky creating five seasons following the time traveler as he tries to restore the past and stop Aku from drowning the world in darkness. Although the animated series has already come to an end, the animator who brought Jack to life continues to create new projects for Cartoon Network and recently released a new take on his original sketches for the end of the samurai’s journey.
For many fans of the swords animated series, the fourth season was expected to be the end of the program Samurai Jack first came to an end in 2004. Thirteen years after this original series finale, Tartakovsky released the first episode of season five that gave us a much darker look at the time-traveling samurai. Aired on adult swimming, Samurai Jack’s the final season got the blood flowing thanks to the programming block’s ability to accommodate more mature content, with Jack slowly losing his mind as he came to the realization that he was immortal yet couldn’t find a way home. In the series finale, Aku is finally defeated and Jack, along with his new love Ashi, is transported to the past, fixing the timeline but stopping Ashi from ever being born.
Gotta go back, back to the past
Genndy Tartakovsky took to his official Instagram account to share the original sketches for the series’ grand finale, something many fans had been waiting for for over a decade, in which Jack’s victory was a hollow victory, as his defeat of Aku meant that he the love of his life:
Samurai Jack had a pretty definitive conclusion, so it’s no surprise there’s no word on another season being made in the future, though Genndy certainly has his hands full. He is currently working on a new series for Cartoon Network, Unicorn: Eternal Warriors, along with an R-rated animated film, Fixed. In addition to these two projects, Tartakovsky has also expressed interest in continuing Adult Swim’s primevalHowever, with the season two finale, Genndy expects to present more of an anthology style that leaves Spear and Fang behind.
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