The final season of SYFY’s 12 Monkeys has a premiere date and a new teaser trailer, revealing that the show’s final go-round will be a four-week event. The event will deliver the entire 11-episode season in the span of a month, with the series finale consisting of a two-hour episode that will aim to wrap the series and its various loose strings up once and for all. It’s a tall order for any series, but an especially tall one considering how intricate the show’s various plot lines and timelines have become in just three seasons. No wonder it will have been more than a year since the show aired its most recent season finale.
With the news of the season 4 “event,” the last two seasons of 12 Monkeys have become about as noteworthy for their unconventional distribution as they are (or will be) for the events that will or already have transpired in them. If you recall, the entirety of season 3 was delivered by SYFY in the span of a single weekend, turning it into an unlikely Netflix-style binge-watch session (or as close to one that you can get from a cable channel still looking to rake in some advertising dollars) that may or may not have been to your liking — depending on how much mileage you get from such things.
But now season 4 is officially on its way, and although it will bring about an end to the series, in a new statement from SYFY, the network says a four-season run was always the plan. You can read the statement below:
“Originally envisioned as a four-part story, in Season 4 James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly set out on an epic quest, traveling further back in time than they have ever been before. According to legend, their only hope lies with a weapon capable of stopping the Witness for good. But they'll soon discover that in order to win the final battle and save time itself, they will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.”
The downside to bingeing a new season so quickly is now it feels like a lifetime since season 3 was on the air, making some of the specific details about what transpired a little foggy. Good thing there’s still plenty of time between now and when season 4 airs, so you can re-binge the third season (or the entire series) before diving into the final arc.
12 Monkeys season 4 premieres Friday, June 15 @8pm on SYFY.