Although fans can expect “Samurai Jack” to be darker and more intense when it returns later this year on Adult Swim, creator Genndy Tartakovsky promises one thing remains the same.
“The action is just as badass as it’s always going to be,” he says in a new behind-the-scenes video, “probably even more.”
Tartakovsky is hesitant to offer too many details about the 10-episode fifth season, which will tell one episodic story. Luckily, though, writer Darrick Bachman is a little more forthcoming.
“I think we’re going to see him [Jack] in a new light, because we’re going to see him from a different standpoint,” Bachman says. “In the original series, he was a very heroic person on a very rigid quest. Now we pick up with him, and it’s many years after the fact, and he’s a little bit lost. So it’s a story of redemption and him trying to find who he is again.”
Tartakovsky does say, however, that he found moving “Samurai Jack” from Cartoon Network to the more mature Adult Swim posed a “challenge” for him, “because people watch it with their kids through the generations, right, so I didn’t want to go full-on heads getting chopped off, blood spurting everywhere.”
“But at the same time, I also wanted it to be kind of newer and exciting,” he adds, “and take advantage of some of those things.”
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