After an bold, polarizing third season, Atlanta will return to its titular metropolis for one ultimate run of episodes. A surreal announcement trailer from FX revealed that Donald Glover and co. are certainly going full DMX and dropping two seasons in a single 12 months: season Four will start airing in September. The impressionistic teaser gives no superior appears from the long run episodes, or any clue as to what's to come back: As a substitute, we get an eye-popping treasure hunt of references to earlier collection moments, huge and small.
The minute-long teaser opens with Earn (Glover) and Van (Zazie Beetz) exterior of a nook retailer, which is rapidly engulfed in a slew of callbacks. First, we see a cascading torrent of Coconut Crunch-O’s, whose faux industrial in season 1 was a deadpan parody of police brutality. When a piano and ostrich egg tumble from the sky, it’s a fairly clear allusion to Season 2’s “Teddy Perkins.” (We encourage you to not revisit the egg scene should you’re snacking.) Then Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) reveals up, and it seems he’s driving the invisible car from Season 1’s “The Membership,”. We additionally get a fast glimpse of a selfie-snapping Zan, one of the writer’s room’s most bizarre creations, and he’s taking an image with Coach, the alligator who belonged to Earn’s uncle (performed in an Emmy-winning flip by Katt Williams, who merely should return for an encore). In classic Atlanta fashion, we don’t even see Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) till the final doable second.
There’s a noticeable lack of callbacks to the third season, and that’s seemingly as a result of these most up-to-date installments have been shot back-to-back, as FX chairman John Landgraf confirmed in August 2021. Nevertheless, there's one: the titular giant tree that Paper Boi took a chainsaw to in “The Outdated Man and the Tree” additionally makes an look.
Glover has labored onerous to gasoline the hype and anticipation for his present’s ultimate two seasons, at one point proclaiming that the one collection rivaling his is The Sopranos. In an Interview Magazine cover story, he stated the closing season trumps what got here earlier than it, and in contrast it to “osso buco served with risotto, ready by a chef who studied in New York Metropolis, spent 5 years on the highway, labored at a Michelin star spot for 3 years, and used the cash to purchase a small farm.”
That tracks with what Glover’s brother and co-producer Stephen told GQ earlier this 12 months, when he revealed that whereas he favors season 3, Glover and govt producer Hiro Murai are “have at all times stated season Four goes to be higher. They’re actually excessive on season 4.” As for what to anticipate from the season, in broad phrases, the youthful Glover stated “Season Three is the maximalist season. After which it is like, all proper, let's go residence to Atlanta now. Let's return to the place we really feel comfy, or the place we're speculated to really feel comfy, anyway. So it is this concept that you simply noticed the world and your thoughts was expanded drastically. And now it is time to come again [home].”
In a Deadline interview following the season three finale, Beetz shared, “The ultimate season is actually about homecoming and what which means.” She additionally shared her ideas on the choice to finish the present after this subsequent batch of episodes.
“I feel TV that drags on too lengthy, it’s at all times tragic to me. It simply dies,” she stated. “I imply, who is aware of what folks find yourself fascinated with Season Four or no matter, however I feel, at the very least within the creators’ opinions, they completed it with energy and moved on. I feel that’s proper, and I feel that’s wholesome.”
Atlanta is up for three Emmys this fall: Excellent Directing For A Comedy Collection (for “New Jazz);” Excellent Lead Actor In A Comedy Collection for Glover; and Excellent Cinematography For A Single-Digicam Collection (for “Three Slaps”).