Before the third season wrapped up, Showtime had renewed steamy drama The Affair for a fourth season.
The show initially started as an exploration of an affair showing two different perspectives, but has since evolved into more of an ensemble piece, although it has still kept the structure of different perspectives in each episode.
Season three was something of a struggle even for diehard fans of the show, so how is season four going to get things back on track? Here's everything we know so far.
The Affair season 4 release date: When's it arriving?
Showtime has confirmed that season four will be premiering on June 17 at 9pm in the US, following a slightly longer break between seasons than usual.© Facebook TheAffairShowtime
Sky Atlantic airs the show in the UK and usually keeps fairly close to its US airdate, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
The Affair season 4 cast: Who's coming back?
Of course, the core cast will all be returning so that's Dominic West as Noah Solloway, Ruth Wilson as Alison Lockhart, Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart and Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway.
The Solloway children will also be playing a part, so that's Julia Goldani Telles as Whitney, Jake Siciliano as Martin, Jadon Sand as Trevor and Abigail Dylan Harrison as Stacey.
Less clear is whether last season's love interests will return given that season four will apparently see all of the characters in new relationships. This means we might not be seeing Catalina Sandino Moreno as Cole's wife Luisa, Omar Metwally as Helen's boyfriend Dr Vic Ullah and Irène Jacob as Noah's lover Juliette.
There are a host of new faces joining for season four, starting with Sanaa Lathan as Jenelle, the principal of the charter school where Noah now teaches.© Facebook TheAffairShowtimeAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below
Iron Fist star Ramon Rodriguez will appear as Marine veteran Ben, who is Alison's new love interest, while TVLine reports that The Originals' Phoebe Tonkin and Alias's Amy Irving will play Daphne and Nan Perino, respectively, with the latter having a "mysterious" connection to Cole's father.
Grimm's Russell Hornsby stars as Janelle's ex-husband Carl Gatewood and Christopher Meyer will play Janelle and Carl's son Anton, with the new additions are rounded off by Tim Matheson and Dina Meyer as a couple from Alison's past who have shocking information to share about who she is and where she comes from.© Getty Images NBC Universal
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The Affair season 4 spoilers: What can we expect?
A quick recap of the main events of season three for you before we head into the official synopsis of season four:
The disappointing finale focused on Noah and his blossoming relationship with Juliette in Paris, after the entire season seemed to be about his troubled past and his mother who committed suicide. It ended on a hopeful note though as he helped Whitney get back to the US and to home safely.
Season three also saw Alison confess that it was her fault that Helen ran over Scotty after she had pushed him into the road, but we're still no clearer as to what happened to her at the treatment facility during the time jump between seasons two and three.
But perhaps we shouldn't expect any unanswered questions to be resolved as season four feels a bit like a fresh start.
The official synopsis from Showtime reads: "Season four of The Affair finds Noah, Helen, Alison and Cole in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they're ready and willing to leave the past behind for good."
So, basically, the same amount of sex scenes probably, but just between different characters.
In season four, Juliette was treated to her own perspective in a couple of episodes, so if she's not returning, maybe someone else like Whitney will get the fifth perspective, unless the show decides to scale back to four.
The Affair season 4 trailer: When's it landing?
We didn't get the first trailer for season three until around a month before it premiered, so we could be waiting until May for the first trailer.
For now, have a little teaser for season four made up of previous footage.
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