Should Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ end with season 4?
It was recently announced that the hit Amazon series Jack Ryan would be returning for season 4, of course starring The Office star and A Quiet Place Part II director John Krasinski. Even more exciting news? Fans of the hit show learned that it would be bringing on Michael Pena in an undisclosed role, noting how the Ant-Man and the Wasp actor will appear in a slew of episodes in the show’s upcoming fourth season.
The news of Jack Ryan’s fourth season comes off the heels of Amazon announcing that Jack Ryan had recently finished wrapping its third season. For those who love this action-packed show, it will have been over two years since fans last got a chance to check out Jack Ryan, with its second season debuting all the way back on October 31st, 2019, and without a release date for season 3, many are desperate for more Jack Ryan asap.
The early renewal is nothing new for the series, which films in multiple countries and has a large budget. Amazon renewed the show for a second season four months before its series debut, and a season three pickup came well before season two aired. However, should Amazon’s Jack Ryan end after season 4? We’d be curious to learn just what other directions the show could go, but ultimately it may be time to end while on top.
Jack Ryan Season 3
Jack Ryan finished its third season under showrunner Vaun Wilmott. He took over from Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) when the latter stepped aside after a few months. Co-creator Carlton Cuse served as showrunner for the first couple of seasons but stepped down after production on season 2, and David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) briefly took the reins before giving way to Scheuring and then Wilmott.
The third season will follow Ryan after he’s wrongly implicated in a larger conspiracy and suddenly finds himself a fugitive. Now, wanted by both the CIA and an international rogue faction that he’s uncovered, Jack is forced underground, crisscrossing Europe, trying to stay alive and prevent a massive global conflict. Wendell Pierce & Michael Kelly will reprise their roles from the beloved show.
Of course, loyal fans remember when the show first aired on Amazon back in 2018, telling the classic Tom Clancy tale of the famous CIA analyst who jumps from his day-to-day desk job to the field, where he follows a string of strange bank transfers by an Islamic extremist group. That being said, while the stories of Jack Ryan are riveting, might it be time to call it quits after season 4 premiers? Let’s delve in.
More Jack Ryan?
While many fans of Jack Ryan might sound desperate for more of this action-packed series after its fourth season, we have several arguments that suggest why Jack Ryan should ultimately call it quits after season 4. First off, Krasinski is slowly becoming a force in Hollywood, both in front of the camera and behind. The more he takes to film Jack Ryan then the less time he’ll get to pursue other projects, such as A Quiet Place.
John Krasinski is simply too talented to be wrapped up with a straight-to-streaming TV series, no matter how fun and exciting it may be. Bringing on Michael Pena should serve as a nice bow on what has been an impressive run of Jack Ryan, especially when considering some of the lackluster film adaptations we’ve gotten over the years looking at you, Chris Pine.
Equally, while Amazon hasn’t completely followed suit with Netflix, many of these streaming services don’t like to push their content for too long, eager to tell new stories with new characters. The classic Tom Clancy CIA character of Jack Ryan was a great way to lure subscribers onto the streaming service, but now that Amazon Prime has a large market of the audience, it might be time to explore other storytelling avenues.