“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” debuted in 2017 and quickly became a flagship series for Amazon Studios now with fans asking for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5. Gaining glowing reviews, 20 Emmy wins over its multiple seasons, and a massive fan base. The life of wealthy New York City housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is turned completely upside down when her husband Joel (Michael Zegen) admits to an affair and abruptly leaves her. At a crisis point, Midge finds herself harnessing her comedic chops into a career as a stand-up comic. Along with her eccentric mother and father (Marin Hinkle and Tony Shalhoub), trouble-making manager Susie (Alex Borstein), and a slew of other irreverent characters, she forges a groundbreaking career in a time when women were heavily restricted in daily life.
The late 1950s-set series has since spawned four seasons, and it was announced that the fifth season will end these beloved characters’ stories. The comedy has proven to be much more expansive than just about a single woman’s journey, as it has covered topics like gender expectations, racism, divorce, and religion, to name just a few.
With the fourth season ending in March 2022 and production of the fifth and final season underway, here’s everything we know about the last laugh of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Will there be The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5?
The first three seasons of the show were released between 2017 and 2019, with a hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. One day before the series returned for its fourth season in 2022, Deadline announced that the fifth season would be the last.
No release date has been given for the final season yet, but it is currently in production in New York City, so a release sometime in early 2023 should be expected.
The first three seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” were all released on a single day in their respective years, aside from the pilot episode, which was released publicly in March 2017 before the rest of the season dropped that November. This was part of Amazon Prime Video’s (The Terminal List Season 2, The Wheel of Time Season 2, Suzhal the Vortex Season 2, The Boys season 4, Mr. Mayor Season 3, Electric Dreams Season 2) now-defunct annual pilot competition where audiences could vote on what pilot they would like to see taken to series. The fourth season, however, was released on a weekly basis between mid-February and mid-March 2022 with two episodes released each week (via IMDb).
The 10-episode-long fifth season will likely release in the same weekly model. This change from a single-day model to a weekly release happened in part because of shows like “Succession” gaining increased notoriety throughout their release, as executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino explained to Good Housekeeping.
Who will be in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5?
Of course, the show couldn’t exist without Rachel Brosnahan in her two-time Emmy-winning role as Miriam “Midge” Maisel. She’ll be returning with all the principal cast members that viewers have gotten used to over the last four seasons. This includes Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel, Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman, Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman, Kevin Pollak as Moishe Maisel, Caroline Aaron as Shirley Maisel, and Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon.
Recent casting announcements have left it unclear whether audiences will see some of their favorite characters return. Leroy McClain as Shy Baldwin, Wanda Sykes as Moms Mabley, and Stephanie Hsu as Mei Lin have not yet been confirmed to be returning for the final season. However, some new faces from Season 4 will be back. Deadline announced in April 2022 that Alfie Fuller and Jason Ralph will not only reprise their roles as Dinah Rutledge and Mike Carr, but will be promoted to series regulars for the final season. Kelly Bishop will also return as Benedetta, though she will remain a guest star. Luke Kirby is expected to return in his Emmy-winning guest starring role for the final season as Lenny Bruce.
Additionally, Deadline reports that Peter Friedman, Chloë Kerwin, Austin Basis, Josh Grisetti, Michael Cyril Creighton, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Lucas Kavner have been added as guests stars for the final season.
What’s the story for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5?
As filming for the fifth season of “Mrs. Maisel” is still happening, there’s little information about what the final episodes will explicitly be about. However, various cast and crew members have hinted at tidbits of what’s coming.
Series executive producer Daniel Palladino told TVLine that Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge Maisel will have a second encounter with the currently unnamed man she flirts with in Central Park played by Milo Ventimiglia. The actor has so far only appeared in Season 4, Episode 7 under the name “Handsome Man,” so the potential abounds for the character to take on a new love interest (via IMDb).
In an interview with Collider, Brosnahan discussed her love for filming scenes with Luke Kirby who plays real-life comedian Lenny Bruce. However, Kirby himself pointed out to Us Weekly that Bruce died of a drug overdose in 1966. As “Mrs. Maisel” has entered that decade starting in Season 3, it feels like a “duty to sort of start touching on the aspects of Lenny Bruce’s life that kind of led up to his dying young,” he said. He hopes either way that if the show does include his tragic end, it will still leave a happy one for Midge and allow her to move on with her life and career.