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'Poldark' Officially Confirmed for Season 5

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in "Poldark" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

Though we don’t know when we’ll see Poldark Season 4 just yet, fans of the popular period drama can rest easy. The popular period already been officially renewed for a fifth season!

The news was announced at last week’s BFI premiere in London, which featured a screening of Season 4’s first episode and a Q&A with some of the series’ cast. (Just think about all those lucky people in attendance!) The announcement was made by star Eleanor Tomlinson. Though she couldn’t attend the premiere screening herself, thanks to her current filming duties on upcoming BBC drama War of the Worlds, she nevertheless sent along a message for the fans assembled, which included the official news of Season 5.

Get a Look at a New Photo From 'Poldark' Season 4

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in a snazzy new look. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

It’s sad, but true: We’re (probably) still some months away from officially seeing Poldark Season 4 on our television screens. Despite the fact that the latest season of the popular period drama finished filming back in January, we still have no idea when the new set of episodes will air, either in the U.K or the U.S. (Though, naturally everyone has their theories.)

That doesn’t mean we’re completely bereft of new content, however. And let’s be real, basically anything at this point is water in the desert to Poldark fans eagerly awaiting the new season.

'Poldark': Season 3 Finale Recap

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Previously, on Poldark: Caroline and Dwight get married, because everything else on this show right now is pure misery, and we deserve at least some joy. George knows Valentine is probably not his son, Morwenna’s disgusting husband is forcing himself on her constantly, and Ross and Demelza’s marriage is in shambles again, thanks to Ross’s inability to communicate with his wife, and Demelza’s attraction to Hugh Armitage. Everything is garbage, basically.

Despite the fact that this is a season finale, this episode doesn’t exactly provide anyone with a particularly happy ending. The only folks who seem even remotely happy are the recently married Enyses, and that’s basically just because Dwight and Caroline receive approximately a combined minute of screentime. (That might actually make them lucky and better off, to be honest.)

On the upside, the Poldark finale does seem to finally realize one thing. It’s the women of Cornwell that make this story worth watching. Almost every single interesting thing about this episode is driven by the women in it, a refreshing twist which this show could stand to embrace more often. (And here’s hoping it does, when the series returns next year.)

'Poldark': Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

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Previously on Poldark: Dwight and Caroline get married publically, but their “wedding” just serves as an excuse to talk politics. Sir Francis Bassett tries to convince Ross to throw his hat into the ring for the empty MP seat, but he declines, insisting that he can’t be beholden to anyone’s interests but his own. Elsewhere, Morwenna’s marriage to Whitworth is a study in misery. And sassy old Aunt Agatha sadly meets her maker, but not before she tips George off that little Valentine might not be his.

Everything basically feels as though it’s falling apart in this episode of Poldark. There’s no joy, for anyone, and the episode’s most uplifting storyline centers around the reaffirmation that two young people still love one another even when they’re separated and one of them is forced to endure horrific abuse on a daily basis. Yikes.

Will anyone ever be happy again? 

'Poldark: Season 3, Episode 6 Recap

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Previously, on Poldark: Morwenna makes up her mind to refuse George’s marriage plans for her, deciding that a life – even if it’s a poor one that's below her station – with Drake is what she wants. But when George frames Drake for theft and, as magistrate, threatens to have him hanged, Morwenna must marry the equally vile Reverend Whitworth in order to save his life. Elsewhere, Dwight struggles with a bad case of PTSD, and does his best to push Caroline away, but a heartfelt conversation between the two goes a long way toward getting their marriage back on track. (If you need a full recap of last week's episode, we have you covered right here.) 

Take Our ‘Poldark’ Personality Quiz

Dramatic key art for a dramatic season. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

We’re deep in the middle of Season 3 of Poldark, which has featured all kinds of drama, ranging from star-crossed love affairs to daring rescues to blackmail to political machinations.

 (In short: This season is really quite good, if you didn’t know.)

So, to celebrate the drama’s extremely compelling third season, we made a brand new character quiz that’s meant to determine your Poldarkian alter ego.

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