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Black Lightning Season 4: Everything We Know

October 14, 2020
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Based on the DC Comics‘ character of the same name, ‘Black Lightning’ is a superhero drama series set in troubled Freeland, beset with criminal activities and drugs. The show follows the titular character, Jefferson, a man with good social standing and a colossal secret. He possesses otherworldly superpowers to harness electricity, which he has used to subdue delinquency and protect Freeland in the past until he was gravely injured, which ultimately plunges him into retirement.

Years later, when he sees his town yet again teetering on the brink of darkness, he is galvanized into taking up the mantle one more time. Over three seasons, the show has struck a chord with many viewers because of its earnest portrayal of a complex, layered protagonist whose roots lay in a universe teeming with radical politics that accurately mirrors the real-world issues. A stimulating addition to the Arrowverse, the show has a long way carved out ahead of it. Here’s everything we know about ‘Black Lightning’ season 4!

Black Lightning Season 4 Release Date

‘Black Lightning’ season 3 premiered on October 7, 2019, on The CW. After a 16-episode run, it wrapped up the season on March 9, 2020.

As far as another season is concerned, here’s everything we know. The network renewed the series for a fourth season back in January 2020, along with other series in the Arrowverse – ‘The Flash’ and ‘Batwoman.’ So, if everything goes according to the plan, we expect ‘Black Lightning’ season 4 to premiere sometime in January 2021.

Black Lightning Season 4 Cast: Who is in it?

Most of the chief cast members are expected to return for ‘Black Lightning’ Season 4. The actors who are most likely to come back to our screens are Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Willaims as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Christine Adam as Lynn Stewart, James Remar as Peter Gambi, Marvin “Krondron” Jones III as Tobias Whale, and Jordan Calloway as Khalil Payne/Painkiller.

While there will be some new faces introduced for sure, Actor Damon Gupton, who plays the character of Bill Henderson, revealed in January 2020 that he won’t be back for season 4. Fans got to witness an emotional send-off to his character in the season 3 finale, which served as a swan song for Jefferson’s best friend.

Black Lightning Season 4 Plot: What can it be About?

In the season 3 finale, Jennifer, Jefferson, and Anissa Pierce successfully expose the ASA’s illegal experimentation on the people of Freeland. Consequently, it leads to the disbanding of not only the ASA but also the Congress allocation funding for the boarding school that would help educate and house the metahuman kids. On the other hand, the criminal world is once again on the verge of going under the leadership of Tobias Whale. Furthermore, the villain of season 3 – Gravedigger, is stripped of his powers in the finale but is still at large.

With the ASA out of the way, the viewers can expect a new beginning and a whole host of challenges that come with it in season 4. Tobias Whale’s way back to his throne will not be smooth, to put it lightly. We might see him go head to head with his former lackey Lala and the resurrected Lady Eve before he reaches there. To cap it all, new antagonists might be introduced for Black Lightning to battle. That sounds like loads of adrenaline rush heading our way, and you might need to brace yourself for surprises that season 4 will be introducing.

Opening up on the most heart-wrenching event of season 3, losing his best friend, and what to expect going into season 4, Cress Williams said in an interview, “I hope that we carry it through [and] it’s not something we just drop and fast forward to the next season, and it’s almost like it’s just forgotten, aside from a line here and there.”

He continued, “Because real life, [when] you lose people like that, it’s not something that just goes away. It is something that affects you and carries through. My guess, if I was going to be writing it, is that I think it would make Jefferson even more cautious and scared of anybody else doing this stuff, his daughters included. I think he’d be a lot more, I would hope, more cautious, and almost that would be kind of a hurdle to get over in the next season, that he’s almost too cautious because he lost someone.”

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