‘The Affair’ sets final season premiere date at Showtime

It’s almost the end of “The Affair” at Showtime, as the premium cable channel has set a final season premiere date for the Sarah Treem-created drama.

The series, which stars Dominic West, Maura Tierney and Sanaa Lathan, that “explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages and the crime that brings these individuals back together,” will return for its farewell batch of episodes on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously announced, Anna Paquin has joined the final season as Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) now adult daughter Joanie Lockhart, who returns some years in the future to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother, bringing the whole story full circle.

Per Showtime, Season 5 of “The Affair” will chronicle the aftermath of last season’s horrific events and find the characters coming to terms with the consequences of their choices – as they make the realization that if they really want to change their futures, they must first face the past. Helen (Tierney) begins the season involved in an intoxicating new affair with a charismatic movie star (guest star Claes Bang), who offers to give her everything she’s been missing. Noah (West) meanwhile has to swallow his pride and his jealousy and step in to take care of his family in her absence. But just when things seem to have stabilized, a chance encounter with someone from the distant past sets in a motion a sequence of events that brings them both to their knees.

New guest stars in season five include Bang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Lyric Bent, with Russell Hornsby returning.

In addition to West, Tierney and Paquin, series regulars for the fifth and final season include Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand as Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway; and Lathan, as Janelle, Noah’s girlfriend and the principal at the school where he teaches. Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Michael Braun, Abigail Dylan Harrison and Jake Siciliano will also guest star.

As TheWrap reported last September, Jackson will not return in his series regular role as Cole for the drama’s remaining episodes. Though at the time of his exit an individual with knowledge told TheWrap Jackson could reprise the part in some capacity for the final season, Showtime has confirmed he will not be returning.

News of Jackson’s exit from the series followed that of Wilson’s, who left the series when Alison was killed off toward the end of Season 4.

Wilson said in August she was “not allowed” to talk about why her character was written out, but the actress later told the New York Times that her exit did not have to do with pay inequality (though she recently said co-star Dominic West had a higher salary than her) or a new role she wanted to pursue.

Along with showrunner Treem, “The Affair” is executive produced by Jessica Rhoades, Hagai Levi, and Michele Giordono.

The fifth and final season of “The Affair” premieres Aug. 25 a 9/8c on Showtime.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Vinita Nair, Anya Epstein, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson attend Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 11: Executive producer & creator "The Affair" Sarah Treem speaks onstage at 'Love & Marriage on TV' panel discussion during the Showtime portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Joshua Jackson and executive producer & creator "The Affair" Sarah Treem speak onstage at 'Love & Marriage on TV' panel discussion during the Showtime portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson and Josh Stamberg attend Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Maura Tierney (C) attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Ruth Wilson (L) attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Costume designer Caroline Duncan (C) and actress Ruth Wilson (R) attend Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Ruth Wilson attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actor Joshua Jackson attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Ross Meyerson, Julie Tucker, Josh Stamberg, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney, Anya Epstein and Caroline Duncan attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Actors Josh Stamberg, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney attend Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Actors Josh Stamberg, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney attend Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actor Josh Stamberg attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Maura Tierney attends Showtime THE AFFAIR ATAS FYC Panel on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Showtime)
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