The end of “Atlanta” seems to come sooner than expected because of the duality in which Seasons 3 and 4 were filmed. Both seasons will unprecedentedly air in the same year, which is extremely unexpected, especially following the two-year gap between the first two seasons and the three-year gap between Seasons 2 and 3. The three-year gap is understandably due to shooting complications with the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes the long-anticipated return even more welcome.
Season 4, the final installment, comes naturally to a close as creator Donald Glover tells the Television Critics Association winter press tour (via). “I don’t feel any longevity. Because then things start to get weird. The story was always supposed to be what it was. And the story, it really was us. Everybody in that writers’ room, everybody on set. It really was what we were going through and what we talked about … I think it ends perfectly.” He compares the ending to death itself as it organically concludes.
The final season takes its time with its multifaceted and authentically developed characters by giving them each their own allotted time and focus within the episodes. Earn’s revelatory therapy session unveiled his central past trauma at the prestigious and elitist Princeton Universit,y capping off with hysterical results. This is already an early indicator of Glover’s words as the final season of “Atlanta” naturally unfolds.