On the eve of Samurai Jack’s first new appearance in over twelve years, Entertainment Weekly has published a new interview with Genndy Tartakovsky, creator and director of the series.
Tartakovsky explained that he and his crew were burnt out at the end of Season 4 and needed a break. “It’s a very grueling show. As much as we all loved it, it was challenging, and on top of everything, we just got Star Wars: The Clone Wars to do. So I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m gonna bust out a giant finale and end Jack’s story however way it’s gonna end, figure all that out, and do Clone Wars on top of that.’”
Gennedy told EW that after he finished Clone Wars, he was told CN no longer had room for Jack in their schedule. “They didn’t know what to do with it exactly, and also they were still figuring themselves out as a network back then. They were going through their first big transition and they always moved it around — we never felt like we got the audience that we could’ve had.”
Tartakovsky confirmed that this new season is indeed intended to wrap up Jack’s story for good. “This is it. This is the definitive end, and it’s a great end. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve storyboarded it, and I think it’s super satisfying, and it should close the door for me for Samurai Jack.”
But is there an opening for any more? ….Maybe. “Now, look, there’s 50 years between season 4 and season 5,” said Tartakovsky, “and if somebody wanted to jump in and do some stories in between, but for me this is the end.”
Read the full interview at EW.com. Samurai Jack returns to wrap up his story March 11 at 11 PM, Only Toonami.