Black Lightning has officially wrapped up its run. The Show, which has been part of The CW’s ArrowVerse for several seasons, recently aired its season 4 finale. That episode, titled “The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure,” also serves as the series finale, as season 5 is not happening. For those who may have missed it while it aired, the show’s final episode is currently streaming for free on the network’s website.
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The CW has embraced the streaming era. They generally make new episodes available on their website the day after they air. As long as you are willing to sit through a few ads, anyone can watch these episodes. The Black Lightning finale included.
Here is the synopsis for the Black Lightning series finale.
“BLACK LIGHTNING SERIES FINALE – After four seasons, the game-changing, relevant and electrifying series comes to an end. Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway and Chantal Thuy star. The episode was written by Charles D. Holland and directed by Salim Akil.”
Black Lightning debuted in January 2018. Led by Cress Williams in the lead role, the show quickly found a great deal of critical love. Series creator Alim Akil spoke with Deadline following the finale. Akil explained that they did have plans for a possible fifth season. It just ended up not being in the cards.
“We’ve always had ideas for a Season 5, or a Season 6. We’ve always had places that we want to go. I always plan like that,” Akil said. “I never wait; I’m always thinking about the next season. So, we could have gone on to a Season 5. We’ve had so many stories to tell because there’s so many stories out there. Particularly [with] what’s going on in the African-American community now, and the Asian community now, we had stories to tell, and not just political stories. Stories about love, about negotiating relationships, about negotiating yourself and the powers that you have in the world. What do your powers mean to you? Are you so attached to your powers that if you didn’t have your powers, in some way, you’d feel less than? I could go on and on.”
The CW had been developing a spin-off centered around Painkiller. Jordan Calloway was set to reprise the role. However, the network ultimately passed. Reports have since noted though that the show could find life elsewhere. Warner Bros. TV is shopping it around, with HBO Max viewed as a possible destination.
The Black Lightning series finale is streaming now on The CW.