Those eager to get more Luther in their lives were treated to a teaser trailer heralding the arrival of the series' fifth season. The story of DCI John Luther has been on hold since 2015, when it offered a two-part special that, at the time, was thought might serve as an end to the series. That, of course, was not the case, as series creator and writer Neil Cross announced nearly a year ago that Luther’s days were far from over, and that, in addition to new episodes being filmed in the early part of 2018, he still had hopes for a Luther feature film at some point.
It’s hard to argue with Cross’s enduring enthusiasm for the series, since it affords him the chance to work with Elba and to tell some dark tales about obsessive police work in the face of some of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Elba has earned no small amount of praise for his performance as the eponymous character, and he clearly finds the role worth coming back to, despite having an extraordinarily full dance card over the past few years, with films like Thor: Ragnarok, Star Trek Beyond, The Dark Tower, and Molly’s Game.
So far, there’s been little word as to the story Luther is returning to tell, and the teaser trailer isn’t exactly forthcoming with details, either. But what it lacks in information it more than makes up for in tone. The image of Elba walking toward the camera, seemingly out of breath, just before the words “This Will Hurt” appear on the screen, will likely be all that’s needed in order to get fans excited about the series' return.
With a tagline and tone firmly in place, it seems as though Cross is set to continue his exploration of darker and darker narratives. In addition to telling increasingly gloomy, moody detective stories on Luther, Cross recently delivered the incredibly somber, end-of-the-world drama Hard Sun (which can be streamed in the U.S. on Hulu), starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess as a pair of tortured detectives who discover evidence the world will end in five years time. In between dodging government agents the pair find themselves investigating serial killers, dealing with infidelity, and their own murderous children.
It’s not light stuff by any means, and if the past few seasons of Luther are any indication, this upcoming round of episodes may well take the series down its darkest path yet. Though there’s not a firm release date for Luther season 5, it’s a good bet we’ll be seeing just how dark things get for the detective before 2018 is over.