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The Affair: Everything You Need to Know About the Fifth and Final Season

The Affair Season 5 Spoilers, Premiere Date - Showtime

It’s the beginning of the end for The Affair, which was renewed for a fifth and final season last July. Two weeks later, Ruth Wilson’s Alison Bailey was killed off in a dramatic Season 4 twist.

Since then, subsequent cast departures (and one significant cast addition) have sent shockwaves through the fan base. All told, three series regulars from the penultimate run will not be back, while a minimum of six new characters will be introduced over the span of 11 episodes. That’s a lot of change for a show that’s about to “sink back into the ocean” and never come back up.

According to the official logline, The Affair‘s final episodes reveal how “everything does really fall apart in the end — but somewhere in that wreckage, the seeds of change finally sprout.” Hmm…

Now that a premiere date has been set — Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9/8c — TVLine has prepped a handy one-stop guide to everything we’ve reported thus far, along with a few additional teases doled out by series creator Sarah Treem. So flip through the attached gallery to get caught up to speed on all things The Affair, then hit the comments with your hopes for the Showtime drama’s last chapter.