Season 5 of the hit crime drama Snowfall is hitting the small screen on February 23, where Franklin Saint's journey into the world of crack cocaine distribution will continue. Created by Dave Andron, Eric Amadio, and the late great John Singleton, Snowfall has seen some tremendous success in its nearly five-year run, with both critics and general audiences praising the show's authentic depiction of 1980s Los Angeles as well as the gripping performance from Damson Idris as Saint himself. In case you're prepping to take a nose dive into the neon-laced City of Angels, here's everything you need to know before watching Season 5.
In an interview with BlackTreeTV, Idris opened up about Franklin’s journey through some of the rockiest times and where he’s headed next. “He’s been through it all,” he said of the character. “He’s been beat up, shot, robbed, been to jail. We wanted to get to a place where he was finally going to start enjoying what he worked so hard for, and this season, we explore that.” “We jump 15 months ahead since he put the cane down and so he has a baby on the way, he’s living in a penthouse, he’s enjoying the fruits of his labor,” Idris continued. “He has almost $100 million, which is crazy in 1986. So I think we’re going to see a joyful side to Franklin this year, but you know, all great things and happy things must come to an end.” We think we speak for everyone when we say we can’t wait to see what happens.
And while the trailer shows that the Saint family is becoming unglued with potential betrayals, the tension behind it all is understandable. Not only is everyone rich, but their money is on shakier ground than ever. Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 Online Watch Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 5x1 Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 and Episode 2 Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 FX S5E1 Snowfall Season 5 Episode 1 That's because the law — backed by both Democrats and Republicans — is looking to take down the crack world that's brought the Saints to their new power. And it all starts to fall apart because of the overdose death of basketball star Len Bias, who passed away at the age of 22. The police, we see, are stronger than ever, but that's just starting an arms war the likes of which could tear it all down. And Franklin's getting criticism of how he's handling it all, while he's just pushing peace. Co-creator Dave Andron spoke about what to expect in an interview with Gold Derby. The series left off in 1985, with Franklin successfully ending the war with Manboy and Skully. However, it’s not picking up from that point. Andron noted there’s a time jump “into the meat of 1986 when the violence was really ramping up, when you really started to feel the full militarization of the LAPD, when the War on Drugs was on its way to reaching its apex.” “And then this kind of pop culture explosion that was brimming in South Central — the rise of gangster rap and you had ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and those things getting ready to drop and blow up. It’s a huge sea change moment for the neighborhood,” he continued. “And so without getting into too much character stuff, I will just say from the standpoint of history and kind of where we are in the arc of this thing, it’s a really exciting time for us to plop our characters into and see what happens,” Andron added. The cast of Snowfall Season 5 includes, as usual, Idris, Amin Joseph (Jerome Saint), Angela Lewis (Aunt Louie), Isaiah John (Leon Simmons), Carter Hudson (Teddy McDonald), Michael Hyatt (Cissy Saint), Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata), and Wanda Bell (Gail Bean), among others. There are also some new faces, including Devyn Tyler as Veronique, Franklin’s new love interest.