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- A total of 11 episodes in The Affair season 5
- This is the final season of the series, finale in October
- Ruth Wilson is not a part of the show anymore
It’s a very different world in the fifth and final season premiere of The Affair, now streaming on Hotstar in India. Partly set two to three decades after the events of the fourth season, The Affair season 5 follows a now-adult Joanie (Anna Paquin) — Noah (Dominic West) and Alison’s (Ruth Wilson) daughter — who returns to climate change-ravaged Montauk, New York to figure out how her mother died. A second present-day storyline is much more familiar, as it focuses on Noah, Helen (Maura Tierney), and their four children, picking up where we left off with them at the end of the fourth season.
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There’s been a lot of mystery and in turn, controversy, surrounding Wilson’s abrupt departure from The Affair last year, after her character was killed off towards the end of the fourth season. Wilson has largely remained mum in multiple interviews, only saying that it’s “a much bigger story” than pay parity — West made more money than Wilson, even after she won a Golden Globe — and wanting to work elsewhere, two reasons that had been floated. Wilson also said that she had no say over how her character’s arc would end. The Affair creator and showrunner Sarah Treem has maintained that it was Wilson’s wish to leave the show and that the character had run its course, while West later expressed regret that he never spoke to Wilson about the pay gap.
Wilson isn’t the only one who left The Affair between the fourth and the fifth season, with her former on-screen husband Joshua Jackson also bowing out. He didn’t say why he was leaving the show, though. Catalina Sandino Moreno and Omar Metwally, who played Luisa León and Vik Ullah, respectively, are also not a part of the show anymore.