Netflix has a whole host of fresh content on the way. Included amongst other popular series like The Politician and Big Mouth is the celebrated hit BoJack Horseman. Now, there’s a first look at Season 6 available. Here’s what we’ve learned.
It’s the final season of ‘BoJack Horseman’
BoJack Horseman first began airing in August of 2014 on Netflix. The animated comedy features Will Arnett as the titular character, an actor who was a part of a hit sitcom in the ’90s, and hasn’t done very much since. He lives off the residuals in a Hollywood Hills home.
There have been five 12-episode seasons (and one Christmas special) of BoJack Horseman, each released in the summer or fall. Now, the new trailer comes with the announcement that the series will conclude with the upcoming sixth season.
BoJack is writing letters from rehab
At the end of Season 5, BoJack finally faces his demons. For years, he has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and though he has had times of clarity, he reaches a new low when he spirals due to his addiction to pain killers.
Season 6 appears to feature BoJack almost exclusively in rehab. Or at least, for some of the season. There, he’s writing letters to Diane, talking about his regrets, his hopes for the future, and more. Will BoJack finally be able to heal from his past and become a better person?
The other characters are struggling as well
Of course, the other people/animals in BoJack’s life will be in the upcoming season. When we last saw them, Princess Caroline had finally become a mom, Diane was (as usual) trying to figure out what to do next with her life, Todd had left corporate life behind, and Mr. Peanutbutter was proposing to Pickles (instead of telling her he cheated on her with Diane — twice).
The trailer for Season 6 doesn’t offer up too much information. Diane has helped GirlCroosh pivot to video as the face of the brand. Princess Caroline is overwhelmed by motherhood. Todd is — getting in fights, we guess? And Mr. Peanutbutter is recognizing that he might be quite as happy-go-lucky as he’s always believed.
It will be released in two parts
This is the first season of BoJack Horseman to be released in October. It’s also the first season of the series to be released in two parts. According to the trailer, Season 6 Part 1 (consisting of eight episodes) will be available to stream on Oct. 25, 2019. Then, on Jan. 31, 2020, the final eight episodes will be released.
While it’s exciting that we’ll be getting an even bigger season than usual, why do we have to wait so long for the conclusion? There are likely multiple reasons. Animation takes a lot of time, for one. Then, there’s the idea of drawing out the goodbye (Netflix also did this with shows like Fuller House and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). But most likely, it has to do with the way the story is being told, that it makes more sense in two acts.
Will this season be more disjointed than previous ones?
One thought we had while watching the trailer was that the main characters (those we’ve followed since Season 1) don’t interact very much as far as we can see. They have all served various purposes in the others’ lives: As client, agent, writer, roommate, and much more. But maybe part of the end of the journey is drifting apart?
We hope that’s not the case, as many of the best episodes have come from these interactions between these central figures. Whatever the case, we’ll find out how things are going for them in less than a month.