The fourth and final season of “Atlanta,” the comedy series from creator, showrunner and star Donald Glover, will premiere with two episodes on Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. before streaming on Hulu the next day. The news was announced during FX’s presentation at the 2022 virtual TCA Press Tour.
Season 3 was a controversial installment of an already discourse-generating show, especially for its several standalone episodes, such as opener “Three Slaps,” which told a self-contained story about characters with no ties to the main plot.
“We know you hated them. It’s fine,” Donald Glover laughed during the panel. “I’m really proud of those episodes.”
“Those episodes felt, for a lot of people, out of the way we do things. But for me, it’s kind of like we’ve always done stuff like that,” added Stephen Glover, Donald’s brother who also writes and executive produces for the series. “In Season 4, I think there’s some elements of and pieces of that … that maybe people won’t hate as much this time?”
“One thing that I don’t like is when people say the show isn’t for Black people, because I think it very much is. I run into Black people all the time who are like, ‘This is my favorite show,” Stephen Glover said when asked about criticisms about the show’s depiction of Black people, sparked by creative decisions such as the casting of Chet Hanks and Liam Neeson in guest roles. “For me, that is the real conversation. Internet stuff isn’t always real. It’s not how people really feel.”
“If you’re online, everybody’s gonna have an agenda on some level. It would be silly to say sometimes what people say doesn’t affect you, especially being Black. To be like, ‘These Black people hate Black people, or these Black people hate Black women’ is such a myopic, small view of who we are.”
FX also debuted a trailer for Season 4 during the “Atlanta” panel. See the trailer below.