It looks like David won in the fourth round…
Throughout the 2010s, most TV enthusiasts argued that we were living in the golden age of television.
From Mr. Robot to Fleabag, there were so many acclaimed shows across a vast range of genres, with spectacle reaching new cinematic levels; let’s be honest, nobody had seen anything quite like Game of Thrones on the small screen.
Everybody has their favourite shows in mind, and you’d be hard-pressed to meet somebody that had seen Goliath but wouldn’t include it amongst their most cherished shows of the decade.
Created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, the American legal drama starring Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton in the lead role of Billy McBride first premiered on Amazon Prime Video back in 2016.
Over the years, audiences have grown incredibly attached to the fascinating and diverse ensemble of characters at its core. Indeed, fans were absolutely gutted to hear that the fourth season would be the last.
Now that the finale has reached viewers, it’s worth contemplating why Goliath season 5 wasn’t meant to be.
WARNING: GOLIATH SEASON 4 POTENTIAL SPOILERS
Why isn’t Goliath renewed for season 5?
Billy Bob Thornton has already explained that he was only contracted for four seasons and didn’t want the series to overstay its welcome by running for too many seasons.
Back in November 2019, it was announced that Amazon had renewed the series for a fourth and final season.
While in conversation with Newsweek, Billy explained why it felt like the perfect time to quit while they were ahead: “There’s something about when series go a bridge too far, you know. We knew that this season was very strong and it seemed right to end it here.”
He also suggested that he’s interested in pursuing other opportunities in the realm of entertainment.
That’s not to say that the 66-year-old American actor won’t miss reprising the iconic role of the down-and-out lawyer: “I’ll miss the cast and crew but also being able to play a character that was closer to who I am than most characters I played. If I were a lawyer in LA, I’d probably be Billy McBride.”
Now that the captivating journey is over, Billy has also taken the time to reflect on the end of the road for his character: “I think all along he’s been trying to find out who he is and what he wants. Is it success? is it money? But at the end of the day, he wants a relationship with his daughter, Denise.”
Welcome back, Billy
With the arrival of the final season, a number of fans have flocked to Twitter to celebrate the exciting and long-anticipated drop.
It’s beautiful to see a new season up on Prime, but bittersweet knowing there’s no Goliath season 5.
Check out a selection of tweets:
“I’ll miss scenes with Billy”
Nina Arianda as Patty Solis-Papagian and Tania Raymonde as Brittany Gold have also cast a spell on fans over the years.
Nina has said that she hopes “viewers really appreciate that there is a lovely completion with [Patty]. This season is the first time that she really owns her own abilities and talents, and is pretty unapologetic for it.”
She included that Patty “has a great deal of belief in herself coming out of a personal crisis and being in this new firm she’s owning herself” in season 4.
Tania, on the other hand, has revealed that her opinion of her character has actually evolved over the course of the series: “I probably judged Brittany a little bit when I first met her because I thought ‘okay, well she’s a hot stuff, saucy escort and she kind of does her thing’ but she’s defied expectations every single time.”
She even admits that “the escort thing became the least important part of her character.”
It’s no surprise to see that the actress is going to miss working with the immensely talented cast, especially Billy: “I’ll miss scenes with Billy and the moments with Billy and Brittany when they’re not saying anything. They’re kind of like karmic souls. I feel like we’ve known each other in another lifetime.”
She explains that “there were so many moments on set with Billy where nothing was being said but I feel like we were having a whole conversation.” It sounds pretty intense and she believes that she’s not sure if she’ll experience something on that level again.