Insecure is set to return with more mirror raps, polarizing love triangles, and awkward moments. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end—HBO announced that season 5 will be the show’s last.
Insecure's season 4 finale ended with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. In an unexpected twist, Issa (Issa Rae) must decide if her relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis) is worth fighting for as he finds out his ex-girlfriend is pregnant. The season also ended with Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Andrew (Alexander Hodge) breaking up. As Issa and Molly hit rock bottom in their relationships, they realize how much they need each other—meeting at a diner to (hopefully) reconcile.
Here is everything we know about the upcoming final season of Insecure.
The series will end with season 5.
HBO announced that Insecure would end after season 5. Amy Gravitt, the network's executive vice president of programming, told Variety, “The show is as incisive as it is heartfelt, and it has resonated strongly with its audience because of the deeply personal work that Issa, Prentice, Melina, the cast, and the writers have put into it. This talented team has conceived a brilliant final season for Insecure, and we look forward to having many more stories to tell with this singular group of collaborators.”
At the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, Rae took home the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Insecure. After winning, Rae spoke to Entertainment Tonight about preparing to end the show. "I've been wrapping my head around this since, candidly, season 3," the actress said. “But I’m so grateful to be able to play this character, who is obviously a version of me, and in the same way that I want this character to grow, I want to be able to grow too. So I think that’s what comes with it—I’ve played her for a long time, and I have so much more that I want to do."
The cast and crew have finished filming season 5.
Rae took to Instagram to announce that she and other castmates have finished filming season 5. Rae posted a gallery of photos with the Insecure crew celebrating the end of the show. “WRAPPED a show I’ve been writing for eight years and shooting for 6, surrounded by a chosen family of incredible creatives,” Rae wrote in her post.
Orji also took to her Instagram to share a heartfelt message to Rae and the Insecure cast and crew. She posted a ray of photos of her last day onset and an intimate video of her giving a celebratory speech that made her and Rae shed tears.
According to Rae’s Instagram, season 5 was in production in January. She posted on Jan. 23: “First Day of Season Bye-ve #InsecureHBO."
Rae also talked to Entertainment Tonight about her feelings about the last season. “Being on set every day, I’m definitely taking it all in on a different level now, just in terms of, ‘Wow, I love this family. This is my family.’ And we’ve done so much, and these people are incredible, and I feel so blessed to work with them,” Rae said.
Insecure’s Instagram account also posted a group selfie of the girl gang reunited on set in late February. “We love to see it. 😍 What are your season 5 predictions? 👀 #InsecureHBO,” they captioned the post.
The majority of season 4's cast will likely return.
It's expected that the core cast will return for the final season. The girl gang—Issa as Rae, Orji as Molly, Natasha Rothwell as Kelli, and Amanda Seales as Tiffany—posted photos on set, along with Jay Ellis, who plays Lawrence. The return of Andrew, aka “Asian bae,” is uncertain after his and Molly’s breakup in the season finale.
According to Popsugar, Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) is also coming back. In season 4, Issa friend-zoned Nathan after reconciling with Lawrence. But even though Issa and Lawrence reunited, Nathan still wants to be with Issa, and the season finale left things unclear about the future of Issa and Nathan's relationship. On Feb. 11, fans got a tease of what to expect in the last season as paparazzi photographed Issa and Nathan cuddling on a city bench, sharing a laugh.
Season 5 is set to premiere in October.
HBO announced that season 5 of Insecure would air later this year in HBO Max’s lineup trailer. According to the show's official Twitter account, Insecure will premiere in October. “The wait is almost over the final season. October 💜,” the post reads. Fans will also get more than eight episodes, Rae confirmed to ET.
Rae wrote season 5 during quarantine.
Rae kept herself busy in lockdown as she spent her days working on the season 5 script. On the Variety After-Show in May 2020, Rae talked about her experience planning the final season virtually. “I think we have a really good room where people are very, like, sensitive to people speaking. We implemented a hand-raising policy just because. That’s the other hard part, like we’re such a jokey room, and it is hard to get in there with the jokes. So we’re finding our rhythm, but it’s still really fun,” the actress said.
Kerry Washington will be in the director’s chair again.
Washington is not a new face to the Insecure crew: She joined the family in season 4 and directed the “Lowkey Trying” episode, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series. As the episode aired, Washington live-tweeted with fans about the episode. She said it was her dream job and that she's been a fan of the show for years.
The Little Fires Everywhere star will take the director’s seat for another episode for season 5. She announced her return in an Instagram video featuring a Instagram Live snippet of Rae and Orji sharing their experience working with her. As the snippet fades out, Washington appears in the video with her directing credit on the cover of the episode five script as “Without Me” by Eminem plays in the background.
As Rae prepares to turn the page on a significant chapter in her life, she has more projects on the way after signing a five-year deal with WarnerMedia. Rae is currently working on a new series called “Rap Sh*t” that follows two rappers living in Miami, an adaption of Brit Bennett’s bestseller The Vanishing Half, and more that will be featured on HBO and HBO Max.