In recent years, Starz has made a name for itself with critically acclaimed offerings such as the fantasy adaptation Outlander, the 50 Cent-produced Power, Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, and comedy horror series Ash vs Evil Dead. Additionally, the network is home to pirate drama and Treasure Island prequel series, Black Sails. Over the course of its first three seasons, Black Sails has followed Captain James Flint (Toby Stephens) and the outlaw residents of Nassau, a coastal city in 18th century Bahamas.
In the season 3 finale, viewers left Flint and his army of pirates – aided by Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz), Anne Bonny (Clara Paget), and Edward Teach a.k.a. Blackbeard (Ray Stevenson) – winning a battle against the British who had taken over Nassau. With many of the pirates, Blackbeard especially, motivated by the British executing Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) earlier in season 3, Flint and his men seemed poised for war. Now, the first teaser for season 4 offers fans a look at what will be the final season of Black Sails.
EW released the teaser [above], which features brief clips of Flint and Blackbeard in addition to fellow main cast members Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy), John Silver (Luke Arnold), and Woodes Rodgers (Luke Roberts).
Additionally, the promo includes an ominous voiceover – Blackbeard perhaps? – saying:
There isn’t a good man among them, not anymore. Some of them may have been, some of them may be again. Good men are not what the moment requires; the time calls for dark men to do dark things. Do not be afraid to lead them to it.
Throughout the first three seasons of Black Sails, the series has established a complex political world of multifaceted characters set amidst not only 18th century pirate lords in the Caribbean, but weaving in classic literary characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s original novel. The result has earned praise from critics and fans alike, though Black Sails may not have received the major Emmy recognition of Outlander or pulled in an established fan base like Ash vs Evil Dead. (It should be noted, however, Black Sails did win two technical Emmys in 2014 for sound editing and visual effects).
Still, Black Sails has found an audience both in the network’s Saturday night primetime slot, and through Starz’ streaming offerings. Although those fans may be disappointed to see that Black Sails will be ending with season 4, the first teaser promises bold action sequences on both land and sea, compelling character arcs, and – hopefully – a satisfactory conclusion to the stories of Flint, Silver, and the rest of Nassau.
The final season of Black Sails will debut on Starz in January 2017.