Everything to Know About Season 6 of Snowfall—which Will Be Its Last

Everything to Know About Season 6 of Snowfall—which Will Be Its Last

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Since July 2017, FX’s drama series Snowfall has been a visceral reminder of how the war on drugs changed America forever. Co-created by the late director John Singleton, who helmed such iconic movies as Boyz n The Hood, the show delivered classic gangster flick-level quality every week, bringing the uncompromising gruesomeness and sociological commentary on drug dealing and addiction of the best from the genre. “I really wanted to see the transition from what we saw in my first movie, Boyz n the Hood, to how it got that way,” Singleton told Thrillist in 2017. The show made leading man Damson Idris an international star and gave FX its most-watched show ever while not being afraid to make fans fall in love with characters right before they pump their chest full of bullets.

Set in 1980s Los Angeles during the cocaine epidemic, Snowfall is quite literally a coming of age story on crack. Centered on Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), Snowfall has spent five seasons paralleling Franklin’s growth from teenager to a man with his ascension from impressionable helper of his uncle Jerome Saint’s (Amin Joseph) street cannabis business to the biggest seller of crack cocaine in all of Los Angeles. What started as an earnest attempt to rise out of poverty to chase the American dream of financial stability for him and his family slowly and terrifyingly morphed into Franklin being an initially unwitting participant in the United States government and President Ronald Reagan’s covert attempt at funding Nicaraguan Contra rebels’ fight against Cuban-backed Sandinistas trying to bring communism to the region. Thanks to CIA operative turned obsessive drug dealer Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson) supplying Franklin with the purest cocaine straight from Colombia, Franklin became rich, and the government got their war funding at the expense of too many dead bodies to count. Through Franklin, Snowfall viewers got a candid look at how the United States’ war on drugs eroded the humanity of anyone associated— dealer, user, or bystander.


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While Snowfall is Singleton’s brainchild, the Academy Award-winning director passed away weeks before the premiere of Season 3. But, his impact on the scintillating period drama was felt long after his death. “The greatest thing is he left us all the codes to carry on, and he left us with a passion,” Idris told The Source in 2021. Now, Singleton’s last TV project is nearing its conclusion, its core characters have either evolved beyond recognition or been damaged beyond recovery, and all that’s left to ask is: How does this wild ride end?

Is Season 6 the final season of Snowfall?

Yes. The empire Franklin Saint built brick by brick (of cocaine) will be returning for a sixth season before leaving our TV screens, likely forever. Days before everyone was tripping on LSD at Louie and Jerome’s drug dealer-filled wedding in the eighth episode of the fifth season, FX renewed the critically acclaimed drama for a sixth and final season. Snowfall showrunner Dave Andron has been attached to the series since helping rewrite Singleton and Amadio’s pilot in April 2016 and recollected on the six-year journey of helping turn Singleton’s vision into TV reality. “To tell a story worth telling, with creative partners you respect and admire, at a network that supports you throughout and allows you to end on your terms. That’s the dream. I am so grateful to everyone at FX, from John Landgraf on down to the entire Snowfall family for helping us get there. If only John Singleton could be with us for the end.”

Idris was a relatively unknown 23-year-old actor before slipping into the Lacoste T-Shirt, Dickies, Converses to transform into Franklin Saint. Now, as a 30-year-old leading man who told Men’s Health he’s seen how the show has changed lives, the end of the most influential era of his young career is not lost on him one bit. “I’m incredibly proud of the history we have all made. Especially the impact Snowfall has had on the culture. Very rarely does a TV show get to the sixth season mark, and saying goodbye to Franklin Saint will be heartbreaking. But the family and relationships I’ve made on this journey will last a lifetime. I know John Singleton is looking down smiling proud.”

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What will Season 6 of Snowfall Be About?

Since the fifth season doesn’t end until April 20, you’ll have to check back with us after the finale to understand better where the Snowfall universe is headed for its final hurrah. But, after the fifth season had Franklin trapped in a cage with a hungry tiger and killers rolling around in the grass like murderous hippies after unsuspectingly ingesting LSD, the sixth and final season could take us anywhere. The fifth season started with the revelation of Franklin having a new girlfriend in the mysteriously stoic Veronique and the pair having a child on the way. Ever since the Season 5 premiere, Veronique has distanced herself from Franklin since she had to escape a drive-by shooting ordered by one of his rivals, and stressed herself out after Franklin himself got kidnapped. She doesn’t trust he can keep her and their child safe. We’d be surprised if the final season isn’t centered around the once impressionable teenager now trying to be the father only a crack cocaine kingpin could be. Diaper runs while dodging bullets, and baby powder mistaken for daddy’s powder doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

snowfall “revolutions,” — season 5, episode 4 airs wednesday, march 9th — pictured l r damson idris as franklin saint and michael hyatt as sissy saint cr ray mickshawfx

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The synopsis for the final episode of Season Five reads: “Franklin is decimated. Teddy moves to secure his future. The family fractures.” This episode comes after Franklin’s uncle Jerome and his wife Louie distance themselves from Franklin’s empire to create their own; Franklin’s mother Cissy puts an assassination attempt in motion on the man who may have killed Franklin’s father— perpetually disheveled and disgraced CIA agent Tedd McDonald— and Teddy loses trust in Franklin following a drive-by attempt that almost killed him. The Season 5 finale could be setting up a Season 6 focused on Franklin adapting to his entire world being drastically gutted.

Who will be in the Snowfall Season 6 cast?

On Snowfall, anyone can die, so we won’t know who could be in the new season until the credits roll on the Seas0n 5 finale. Outside of leading man Damson Idris, Carter Hudson (Teddy McDonald), Isaiah John (Leon Simmons), Amin Joseph (Jerome Saint), Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Gustavo ‘El Oso’ Zapata), Angela Lewis (Aunt Louie), and Michael Hyatt (Cissy Saint) are the only actors/actresses to appear in at least 40 out of the show’s 50 episodes, so they may be safe bets to make it to the sixth season. Seeing how Devyn Tyler has been a Season Five standout as Veronique and is carrying one of the most essential characters in Snowfall history in her stomach, she could reprise her role in the sixth and final season. Season 5 also jumped 15 months ahead of the ending of Season 4, so Season Six could take us to new parts of the Snowfall universe with new characters we could never imagine.


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When will Season 6 of Snowfall come out?

Your guess on the return of Snowfall is as good as ours. But, Season 4 and Season 5 have ended in the third week of April after starting in the last week of February, so February 2023 is a good bet as to when Snowfall will return for the final time.

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