Warning: This post contains spoilers.
Most TV fanatics can relate to facing the inevitable season finales of their favorite shows. Fortunately, 2017 brings with it some of the most anticipated season premieres, from powerful dramas to stunning sci-fi thrillers. The shows will be here before you know it, so prepare to clear your schedules and set your DVRs. Here are a few we’re most excited about:
Orphan Black’s fifth and final season premieres June 10. (#CloneClub members everywhere are preparing to mourn its conclusion.) The sci-fi thriller starring Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany follows multiple clones as they attempt to understand their complex identities. Each season has had its fair share of crazy twists and turns; so what can fans expect from the “sestras” in Season 5? In an interview with Screener, the show’s creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett hinted that it’s going to be character-driven. “There’s a real journey this season. You get to know these sisters that you thought you knew really well … You get to know them better. And poor Sarah and Helena go through the wringer,” said Graeme. John added, “It was important to us, as we headed out, that we give each of these Leda sisters their own kind of character-centric episode—and that, I think, the fans will really like.”
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones’ seventh season (premiering July 18) will consist of only seven episodes instead of the normal ten; fans can only hope that it will be enough to address the abundance of unanswered theories and speculation. The sixth season of the epic fantasy featured some action-packed episodes, especially “The Door,” and the iconic “Battle of the Bastards;” and although the season was incredible and fulfilling in so many ways, we still have some questions: When is Jon going to find out about his parents? Is Arya ready to cross another name off her list? Who is going to make it to season 8? (We all know how ruthless this show is.) The actors can’t give too much away, but Kit Harington, the actor who portrays Jon Snow, dropped a few hints for Huffington Post: “There are lots of people who cross paths, and that’s something that I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time,” Harrington said. He stated further, “I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”
Outlander’s third season is scheduled to premiere sometime in September. It will be based on Voyager, the third book in the bestselling historical fiction/romance series, and fans have been anxiously awaiting its return. Some of the most anticipated scenes include Claire and Jamie’s epic reunion, the Battle of Culloden and Black Jack Randall’s fate. According to Mashable, we’re going to see some new faces, including an older Fergus, played by Cesar Domboy, and Lord John Grey, played by David Berry. Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, also revealed some details about Claire and Jamie’s reunion in a Q&A: “It’s kind of a surprise for Jamie, and within a day of her returning, all hell breaks loose and his world is turned upside down, just like every time Claire’s involved.” Good news for devoted Outlander fans: the show has already been renewed for Season 4.
Season 1 of sci-fi thriller Stranger Things transported viewers back to the 80s, where we followed a group of kids as they fought to solve an eerie, supernatural mystery. In the finale, we saw Will Byers rescued from the Upside Down and the Demogorgon defeated. One month later, we found out that Will might not be so safe after all. The show will return to Netflix on October 31, with a one-year time jump. In an interview with Vanity Fair, director and executive producer Shawn Levy hinted that the new season is “bigger and potentially darker in its stakes.” He also reassured fans that Season 2 “is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season.”
Award-winning psychological thriller Mr. Robot is a terrifying, yet realistic, portrayal of how easy it is to get hacked in this day and age. We follow Elliot Alderson, a cyber security engineer and vigilante hacker (and extremely unreliable narrator we should add), who joins fsociety, a group of “hacktivists” planning to take down multinational conglomerate E Corp. Last season’s finale kept fans on the edge of their seats as fsociety revealed Stage 2 of their plan; however, we never truly find out if it was executed or not. So what’s in store for the third season? We do know a few facts: it will premiere in October, Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast and Sam Esmail, the show’s creator, will direct all ten episodes. We don’t know much about the plot of Season 3, but let’s hope it answers our questions early on (preferably in the first minute of episode one).
Reyna Hurand is a junior studying professional writing. You can usually find her curled up with a good book, her two adorable dogs and a hot cup of coffee. To learn more, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @reynasblogxo.