Well, today we do at least come bearing the news you crave … but it may not be precisely what you want. The cable network will officially premiere the latest batch of episodes featuring Idris Elba on Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. When it comes to the release window, this does make some sense — this is traditionally a fairly light time for TV programming, and there isn’t as much in the way of competition out there. Yet, simultaneously, we’re not altogether sure about the idea of premiering the series a good six months after it originally aired in the UK. Is this punishment for Victoria premiering first on PBS before arriving on British television? (We’re obviously joking, but it is an unusually large wait in this modern-day era.)
There is a lot of good stuff in season 5, so we do think that it is worth the wait if you love Luther — the new season also does mark the return of Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan. Given that this news is already out there and BBC America already released photos of her, we don’t think that we’re giving anything major away here.
If you do want to get some other insight now all about what you can expect, take a look at the official Luther season 5 logline now:
A new spate of nightmarish murders brings DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) to once again face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?
Expect some shocking content in this season, as well as a deep dive into one John Luther’s soul.
Will we get a Luther season 6?
At the moment, there is no word on the subject — in true Luther fashion, we think that it will probably come down to whether or not creator Neil Cross or Elba have some sort of idea in order to properly tell a worthwhile story. If that happens, then you have to believe it’s possible.
What do you think about the Luther season 5 premiere date coming to America so incredibly long after the show premieres within the United States? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments. (Photo: BBC.)