We Finally Know When Season 5 of ‘Luther’ Will Air in 2019

Season 5 of the British crime drama Luther finally has a U.S. premiere date. The latest season of the show, which stars Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, will kick off on Sunday, June 2 on BBC America.

What we know about Luther Season 5  

Season 4 of Luther aired way back in December 2015, which means fans have had to wait more than three years to for the return of the iconic detective. But the word is that the new season is worth the wait. Season 5, which aired in the U.K. in early January, earned positive reviews from critics. It currently has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The season premiere was the most-watched TV program in the U.K. on New Year’s Day, according to Deadline.

In the four-episode season, a new series of disturbing murders will force Luther “to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London,” according to a description from the network. Here’s how BBC America sums up the series:

While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck? 

Alice Morgan is back

Ruth Wilson
Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan in Season 5 of Luther | Des Willie/BBCAmerica

Luther fans were disappointed when psychopathic killer Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) didn’t make an appearance in Season 4. (Wilson was busy filming The Affair at the time, and her schedule conflicted with production for Luther.) During that season, it was implied that the detective’s unlikely friend and ally was dead, but in an interview in December, Wilson revealed that Alice was very much alive.

“We find that Alice isn’t actually dead,” the actress told Digital Spy. “Things have all gone a bit wrong, so she’s come back to get Luther’s help.”

“She’s funnier than ever; she’s more lethal than ever and she and Luther get up to some dastardly things,” Wilson added. “This season we certainly see a lot more to Alice.”

Will there be a Season 6 of Luther?

While Season 5 won’t air in the U.S. for another few months, plans for the next chapter in Luther’s story are already in the works. However, there’s a chance we won’t see a Season 6 of the show. Instead, Elba may reprise the role on the big screen.

“I don’t think we’re going to do too many TV versions of it; I think the next step is to make a film,” the actor told Radio Times.

“We’ve got a skeleton of an idea for a film,” he added. “And I’m not allowed to say too much but I can say that this season has the film very much in its sights. If there is a film, then it will be somehow connected to this season.”

Elba also discussed possible plans for a Luther move in a November 2018 interview with Empire, saying it would be on a scale similar to David Fincher’s 1995 movie Seven.

Whether the next installment Luther ends up on the big or small screen, fans should be prepared for something different. “This season is not the end,” Elba told the magazine. “But there are some real changes that will happen.”

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