Put on your corset and give a loud cheer, because The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's fifth and final season has arrived! The hit Amazon Prime Video series made its return on April 14 with three new episodes ready to stream. The new season will continue to follow Miriam “Midge” Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan) as she puts her all into becoming a successful stand-up comedian in 1961. She must overcome many obstacles on her path to showbiz, including being the first "lady writer" on The Gordon Ford Show, helping Susie with her talent management career, dealing with the peculiarities of both her parents and in-laws, and co-parenting her two children with ex-husband Joel. But no challenge is too big for Midge! Here's everything you need to know about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5, including news on the cast, plot, new trailer, and premiere date.
#1. Which cast members are in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5?
Many familiar faces from season 4 are coming back around again. It was also reported that the show is expanding its cast this time. Here's everyone that will most likely return based on where last season left off, plus who to look out for:
Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, Midge's manager
Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel, Midge's ex-husband
Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman, Midge's father
Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman, Midge's mother
Kevin Pollak as Moishe Maisel, Joel's father
Caroline Aaron as Shirley Maisel, Joel's mother
Stephanie Hsu as Mei, Joel's girlfriend
Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce, comedian and Midge's potential love interest
Gideon Glick as Alfie the magician
Reid Scott as Gordon Ford, the talk show host
Kelly Bishop as Benedetta, Rose's rival matchmaker
Alfie Fuller as Dinah Rutledge, Suzie's assistant
Jason Ralph as Mike Carr, a talent booker for The Gordon Ford Show
New faces include Michael Cyril Creighton (Only Murders In The Building), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Peter Friedman, Chloë Kerwin, Austin Basis, Josh Grisetti, and Lucas Kavner for recurring roles, per IMDb. Gilmore Girls alum Milo Ventimiglia also makes a reappearance as "Handsome Man."
#2. When does The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 premiere?
Source: Netflix Life
The first three episodes are currently available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. After that initial release, the streaming platform will drop one episode each week until the finale on May 26, 2023. Here's when you can expect to watch each new episode on Amazon Prime Video:
April 14—Episodes 1, 2, 3
April 21—Episode 4
April 28—Episode 5
May 5—Episode 6
May 12—Episode 7
May 19—Episode 8
May 26— Finale
#3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 plot
Across season four, Midge found herself moving into a new realm by taking over an illegal strip club and renovating it. But when the club was raided, she was in desperate need of a Hail Mary.
When Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby) appears to offer her the chance for an opening slot at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, she turns him down. He later chastises her for being so picky about the opportunities that are being afforded to her when she's not in a position to do so. At least they finally get together for a bit, after years of tension.
In finale 'How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?', Midge ends up storming out of the venue and into the blizzard outside after her argument with Lenny, who was headlining that evening. She clearly has a lot to think about and a game plan to consider. In the final moments, we see her looking up at a billboard for The Gordon Ford Show – the same TV series where she'd previously turned down an opening spot.
It's been confirmed Luke Kirby, who plays Lenny Bruce (a real-life comedian of the era), will be back, but the character's battle with drug addiction will soon start to take hold.
In reality, Lenny died from a morphine overdose in 1966, aged just 40. In the timeline of the series, that's only five years from where we leave him with Maisel in season four.
While it's unlikely we'll see it happen in season four, a time jump for the fifth season would allow the show to address this if it wanted to.
"We felt a bit of a kind of duty to sort of start touching on the aspects of Lenny Bruce's life that kind of led up to his dying young," Luke told Us Weekly. "We're sort of bringing Lenny Bruce a little bit down to Earth this season and kind of exploring that a little bit."
"The emotional crux of this show was always Susie and Midge—and that's the enduring relationship," Sherman-Palladino previously told the publication. "This was a show about a woman discovering her ambition and how she follows through on it. And it was through Susie that she even got the idea to do this. And it was something she could not accomplish without Susie... their bond was what the show was really about."
So, this season, a main storyline will hinge on the evolution of their friendship. "When we're talking about, okay, last season, gotta land the plane, gotta bring it home, gotta make people feel like the journey was worth it, you had to lean into really what the heart and soul of the show was, which was Susie and Midge," Sherman-Palladino hints.
Plus, Rachel Brosnahan told fans that they are "definitely going to watch Midge’s star rise" this time around, per Extra.
And Midge's relationship with Lenny Bruce will also see more development. "Knowing that season 5 was going to be our last and that we only had so much turf to play on helped free up a little bit of what we did with [Lenny] personally," Sherman-Palladino and executive producer, writer, and director Dan Palladino told in a recent interview.
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