Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt announces release date for final episodes


The first six episodes of the fourth and final season of Netflix’s original comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just hit the streamer on May 30, and now we know when we can expect the second half of the season.

Deadline reports that the last six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will premiere on January 25, 2019. That’s quite a wait for fans!

It was originally reported the last episodes would air later this year. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Carlock, who is co-showrunner of the series with Tina Fey, explained promotional considerations are the reason the last episodes will be delayed until 2019.

Further, Carlock said that when the creative team originally broke down season four, they viewed its two halves as a short fourth and fifth season. Although the team wasn’t thinking the fourth season would be the show’s last when they started to work on it, the decision came about organically based on creative considerations.

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Carlock explained,

"When we split up this fourth season into kind of a fourth and a fifth—just in the boring, most practical way, you could think of them as two short seasons—one wouldn’t be coming out until 2019, so it just felt like the right time to pull up stakes since we were kind of pushing ourselves into next year."

However, the back half of season four may not be the last we see of Kimmy and her zany pals. Netflix and Universal Television, which produces the show, are in discussions to wrap the series up with a movie. 

Carlock expressed optimism that a movie would move forward. He indicated a movie would let the ending of the show be appropriately satisfying while not forcing the conclusion to be rushed, saying,

"We now have a shorter runway than we originally thought we would and don’t want to overstuff it and rush it. And there are things that I think would be fun to hold off for kind of a big epic finale in feature form."

At least the long lead time and the potential for a movie will give the creative team space to create a fitting ending for the show.

While Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will definitely be missed, it’s refreshing to see a show bow out before it hits a creative decline. So many shows stick around well past their best years because the decision to continue is based on ratings and financial considerations, not a creative necessity.

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That the Kimmy Schmidt team decided to let the show go based on creative concerns bodes well for the show’s swan song, and for how it will be remembered in the future.

Are you bummed you’ll have to wait until 2019 for more Kimmy Schmidt? Express yourself in the comments!