The new season of The Overlord returns with more episodes, and it promises to be even better than the first.
Season 4 of the series premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.
Season 5, which will air in February, will air on the same date, Feb. 10.
But as the first season went into production, the Overlord had to adjust to being a live-action production, and now it will be back to its roots.
“We always wanted to make it feel more real,” says series creator, writer and executive producer Jeff Nichols.
“So, it’s a whole new set of rules.”
Season 4 has the first episode of the new season, which is the most emotional of the four.
It starts with the story of a group of young, black and Latino men who are caught up in a battle between the evil Overlord (Hugh Dancy) and a band of white, rural white supremacists (Evan Peters and Danny Huston).
“This is a very difficult time for them and the rest of the country,” says Nichols.
The group, led by a young, African-American woman (Cameron Mitchell) and an African-Asian man (Chasen Lee), are captured by the Overlords, who use them as slave labor.
In the first half of the season, the group, after being freed, learn to navigate a world in which they’re forced to serve white supremacy, and are forced to watch as white supremacists attack their families and friends.
But in season 5, the show begins to explore the dynamics of slavery in the U.S. And when the group finds themselves in a race war, they come face to face with a new kind of Overlord: one that believes slavery is just a social contract.
Season 6 premieres on Feb. 18.
“It’s very much the first time that we’re dealing with slavery in America in a story that’s not a traditional story, and that’s very important,” Nichols says.
“There’s a lot of history here, but we’re going to explore it in a different way than we did in the first two seasons.”
A new villain, a new ally and a new mission The show’s new villain is the Black Panther (Josh Brolin), a former black nationalist who’s become the OverLord after his wife was killed in a terrorist attack.
The villain also comes from a very different background, having grown up in poverty and has no family of his own.
“He has an incredible background, and we wanted to show it in the most personal way possible,” says showrunner, producer and executive producers Matthew Rosenberg and Jeff Nichols, who also wrote the first five seasons of the show.
“You’ll see how his life has changed.”
And the new ally, a white woman who became the OverJudge (Nashia Jones), is a woman of color, and the new mission, which involves a group that’s going to take down the OverChief (Kelsey Grammer), is to fight for equality and justice.
“These are women who are not just white women,” says Rosenberg.
“They’re black women who have been enslaved, they’ve been women of color who’ve been disenfranchised, and they’re going out and doing this,” says Jones.
“She’s the perfect villain for the story.”
The new ally also comes at a time when the show is exploring a lot more racial and ethnic diversity in its cast.
“As you get older, the stakes are higher,” says Rosenberg.
“But we wanted them to be very, very, true to the character and the story.
The way they interact is really important.”
As they’re talking about diversity, Nichols says, “It would be wrong to say that the first African-Americans on the show were African-Americas.
There were a lot.”
“You can tell it’s not always the case,” says Grammer.
“Because the world is so divided right now, there’s so much tension in the country.” “
The idea that these black people could be the leaders and the men of the group in this show is a wonderful thing to see,” he adds.
“Because the world is so divided right now, there’s so much tension in the country.”
“I’m excited to see it all unfold,” adds Grammer, who will play the title character in the season 5 premiere.
“This character’s a good one.”
The series is also looking to explore what it means to be an Overlord.
“Our characters are very much like the heroes of our world,” Nichols adds.
They are not necessarily heroes.
“When you’re dealing in politics, politics are about power, and there are people who are in power who want to exploit people, who want the money, who are just people who want a little bit of what people have,” he says.
And as the show’s characters struggle to find their place in society, the audience is also being challenged.
“At the end