What’s in store for Donovan?
It is exceedingly irritating when studios beyond our shores won’t provide episodes for preview. Sometimes the reason is simple disorganisation or contempt for the role of critics, and sometimes the shows are garbage and they would prefer the benefit of the doubt.
With Ray Donovan, we are told previews were not made available because there is apparently a mind-blowing plot twist coming.
The show’s star, Liev Schreiber, confirmed it, saying: “Fairly early in the season, something very profound and big has changed in Ray’s life — something I think is going to really shock a lot of people. The impact of that on this family and Ray himself is pretty heavy,” he says.
“If he (Ray) could own some of his goodness, if he could own some of his loyalty, if he could own some of his strength, he’d be a much healthier person. I really think Ray is the glue that holds the Donovans together.”
Showrunner David Hollander told The Hollywood Reporter last year that the series would not conclude precipitously with Ray’s death, which he called the “easy way out”.
“My first priority is to dream up a really gorgeous year five, to make sure it delivers a show that, should it live for a sixth, seventh or eighth season, will be satisfying to the audience and artists,” he said.
From the trailer we know Ray is now working for a film studio run by Samantha Winslow (Susan Sarandon).
Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight) has turned his hand to scriptwriting, and his brother and Parkinson’s sufferer Terry (Eddie Marsan) has had deep brain stimulation that has returned his “swagger”.
As to the rest: tune in and find out. Tuesday, 8.30pm, Showcase.
Liev Schreiber says his character is ‘the glue that holds the Donovans together‘