Why ‘Veronica Mars’ Season 5 Isn’t Happening (Yet)

Fans of Kristen Bell may know her from The Good Place these days. But she got her start in another, very different kind of show: A noir-drama titled Veronica Mars. The fourth season of the series aired this summer, but here’s why a fifth season isn’t in the works.

‘Veronica Mars’ aired for three seasons originally

The UPN series Veronica Mars began airing in 2004. Starring Bell as the titular character, it followed her adventures in her California town as she grew as a teenage investigator. The show also featured actors such as Ryan Hansen, Tessa Thompson, and Krysten Ritter in main and recurring roles throughout.

In 2006, UPN and the WB merged to become the CW. With this came a shift in much of the programming of the time. Veronica Mars spent one season on the CW before it was canceled following the third season. Many fans were unhappy with this decision.

Then there was a movie and a reboot

Over the years, there was plenty more demand for Veronica Mars. However, creator Rob Thomas moved on to other projects, as did Bell. But in 2013, incredible news came: A Kickstarter would help to fund a new Veronica Mars movie. The film was released in 2014.

The cast and Thomas expressed a desire to revisit the material once again in a less “fan-servicey” kind of way. And they were finally able to do so. In 2018, it was announced that a short miniseries reuniting the characters was in production.

‘Veronica Mars’ Season 4 was very divisive

Veronica Mars Season 4
Veronica Mars Season 4: Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) and Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) | Michael Desmond/Hulu

Season 4 of Veronica Mars was released on July 19, 2019, after Bell and the cast spoke about it at San Diego Comic-Con. The season consists of just eight episodes and sees Veronica and her father, Keith Mars, working to solve a brand new case in Neptune.

Much of the series received nearly universal praise. However, one aspect of the show was not welcome for most. In the final episode, “Years, Continents, Bloodshed,” Veronica and her long-time love interest, Logan Echolls, are married. That same day, he tragically dies in an explosion.

Will Season 5 ever happen?

Because Season 4 was billed as a miniseries, Season 5 of Veronica Mars was never a given. However, Bell has frequently said she’d love to keep playing the character, and Thomas, along with other members of the cast, seem to agree.

But at this time, “there have been no further discussions” regarding another season, according to TVLine, Thomas, and a Hulu spokesperson. However, “Thomas is not ruling out the possibility” and he has a “couple ideas” as to where the story could go following Logan’s death.

Here’s what the fans think

According to many on the internet, this is good news. What’s being referred to as a cancellation by many has plenty of fans of the series happy, all because of how unhappy they were with the way the Hulu revival series ended.

Of course, not everyone feels the same. Some fans were pleased with the ending, especially those who aren’t into Veronica’s relationship with Logan. Still, there was quite an outcry from most, so it’s not really surprising to learn that Hulu isn’t ready to greenlight Season 5.