The series has long been a hit, but its potential legacy could fall flat soon.

This is one affair that audiences haven’t been able to keep a secret. 

Watching TV shows is time-consuming, so of course, when we’ve witnessed something we feel is outstanding we can’t help but go away and rave about it to family, friends and colleagues. Everybody has their favourites, but more often than not you’ll hear The Affair mentioned. 

Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi’s acclaimed series arrived back in October 2014 with a pilot made available days before on YouTube. It attracted interest pretty quickly and a second season reached fans in October 2015. Since then, we’ve seen it renewed a number of times; did it deserve it?

With so many great shows cancelled in this competitive landscape, it’s a question worth asking; nevertheless, the answer has long been a resounding yes (we’ll get onto the present later). Across its triumphant run, it’s bagged the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, and actress Ruth Wilson (who plays Alison Bailey) also won for Best Actress – Television Series Drama during the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. At the 73rd edition, Maura Tierney (Helen Solloway) also took home the award for Best Supporting Actress.

The Affair: No season 6?

Is it back for another season? Well, the answer is no!

According to Wikipedia, it was renewed for a fifth and final season, which began airing in August. Sure, the show has racked up some serious accolades and garnered an admirable fanbase over its six-year run but shows sometimes fall into the trap of not knowing how or when to end. 

Season 5 received a UK premiere on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday, August 27th 2019. Although it may sound like a bit of a downer that it’s not back for more, there are still plenty of episodes to work through.

Season 5 of The Affair on Sky Atlantic

So, how many episodes do fans have left to get through?

Previous seasons had ten episodes – except season 2 which had twelve – and in this respect, season 6 isn’t exactly a wild deviation. There will be eleven in the latest season, meaning that the entirety of The Affair will be comprised of fifty-three episodes. 

Not bad at all, and if season 6 proves as satisfying as the previous then it’s set to carve out a nice little legacy in the realm of 2010s television. However, it’s already encountered some glaring issues in the eyes of fans; could the epic conclusion instead be an underwhelming one? 

The season will come to a close at the end of October, so audiences are hoping the narrative gets on track before then. On the whole, the common issue seems to be with material focusing on lesser characters and the apparent absence of favourites like Cole (played by Joshua Jackson). Let’s take a look at some of the reactions…

Fans on Twitter hope it improves!

So far, plenty of comments across social media have come across as overwhelmingly negative. 

There’s no denying that there’s still time to turn things around, but recently, one Twitter user wrote: “I actually just restarted my tv as I thought my sky box had messed up recording the #TheAffair Who are these people? Futuristic Joanie, nahhhhh. I miss Cole and Alison.”

Another added: “Imagine all the people it takes to make a TV prog & not one of them put the brakes on the weird futuristic Joanie scene that was just thrown in out of nowhere? #TheAffair No wonder Ruth Wilson legged it back to England! Scriptwriters have lost the plot, literally!” Similarly, yet another viewer expressed: “I so don’t care about Janelle’s perspective in #TheAffair – Please focus on Helen – Noah and Joanie #showtime.”

Again, another fan voiced the recurring verdict: “Classic mistake: entire segments and scenes with characters we don’t care about. #TheAffair #Janelle.” If things carry on, audiences may be declaring no further seasons as a blessing rather than a curse. Hopefully, there’s some great stuff on the way!

In other news, Doc Martin returns for September.