‘Snowfall’ Boss Talks Honoring John Singleton’s Vision in Final Season
Audiences were immediately invested in Snowfall due to John Singleton’s involvement in the show. The mastermind behind projects like the Oscar-winning film Boyz n the Hood and the Tupac Shakur-led Poetic Justice, Singleton never disappointed in delivering a classic. Sadly, he died during the show’s third season after suffering a stroke. But others involved have worked to keep his vision alive. Co-creator Dave Andron spoke about how they intend to do that in Snowfall‘s sixth and final season.
Dave Andron spoke in an interview about the final season of ‘Snowfall’
Since 2017, Snowfall has told the story of the spread of crack cocaine around 1980s America. Damson Idris leads the show as Franklin Saint, a Los Angeles native who begins to sell drugs out of frustration with the lack of change around his community. However, his actions only cause greater destruction.
Now, five seasons in, Andron has opened up about the endgame, teasing that the show would become “heavier” in subject matter in its final season.
“I think we’ve always tried to keep a bit of the light touch in this show,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Obviously, the show is about very serious things and about a very dark moment in American history. We’ve tried to kind of find some of the levity in that because there is a lot of humor in the situations in the world, and it’s part of how people survive day to day. I think this last season, the story has to ultimately be a tragedy, and this last season is going to feel, I think, a little heavier.”
“The last two seasons I think you can feel the moments when we’re trying to have things have a lighter touch, and then the last two episodes settle into a very specific tone. And I think the last season is going to be more represented by that tone,” he continued.
John Singleton’s influence in the final season of ‘Snowfall’
Asked how he planned to honor Singleton’s vision as the story comes to a close, Andron said he has insight from the late director that will serve as his “guiding light” while creating Snowfall‘s final season.
“So much of the DNA of the show came out of the four years that we did get to spend with John from early conversations about it to rewriting pilots and figuring out those first three seasons,” he explained. “And I knew then and know now what was important to him about the story we were telling, the backbone of it, which was the transformation of his neighborhood, how this Black working-class neighborhood went to a war zone in a period of four years.”
“We always knew that was the backbone of this series. That will serve kind of as the guiding light as we head toward the finish,” he added.
Damson Idris also discussed the final season
In a separate interview, Idris teased what might happen as the story nears the finish line. “What I can say is you’re going to be at the edge of your seats,” he told Deadline. “Especially when you’re doing the show for so long, it gets to a point where Franklin Saint becomes James Bond, and you’re like ‘Oh, he’s gonna survive this.’ And we don’t want that to happen. So with this season…you guys are never going to know who’s going to survive and who’s going to die.”
Snowfall‘s final season is expected to air in 2023. In the meantime, check out past episodes of the show now on FX and Hulu.