Everything We Know About The Sixth And Final Season Of ‘Animal Kingdom’

The family crime drama will come to an end.

With five explosive (at times, literally) seasons to its name, the fan favourite crime drama Animal Kingdom is set to come to its natural end with a final season 6. 

The show is based on a teenage boy who goes to live with his estranged relatives—the Codys—after the passing of his mother. There, he becomes embroiled in the dark and twisted world of crime, violence and a whole lot of action—spearheaded by the female leader, Smurf. 

As season 5 of the beloved TNT television show continues, fans are beginning to wonder what season 6 will entail. 

Here, everything you need to know about the sixth and final season of Animal Kingdom, including its cast list, plot and expected release date. 

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What will happen in Animal Kingdom season 6? 

Season 5 has focussed on characters Pope, Craig, J and Deran as they deal with the aftermath of Smurf’s passing. Without their leader, the family fights to maintain their coalition and prove themselves. All the while, flashbacks show a younger Smurf raising her children, with references explaining how the family have got to where they are today. 

With the sixth season set to be the last, we can expect all of those loose ends tied up, with a rounded explanation as to the origins of the Codys and Smurf—at long last. 

Who is in the cast of Animal Kingdom season 6?

While season 5 is yet to reveal what will happen to the key characters, Variety has shared several names touted to return to the small screen for the final instalment. 

These names include Shawn Hatosy as Andrew “Pope” Cody, Jake Weary as Deran Cody, Ben Robson as Craig Cody and Finn Cole as Joshua “J” Cody. 

When will Animal Kingdom season 6 be released? 

Given the fifth season is still underway, it may be a little while yet before we see the sixth season hit screens. That said, it’s likely it’ll drop at some point in 2022—stay tuned. 

In the meantime, we’ve got its preceding instalments to watch and re-watch and try to piece together some of those unanswered questions ourselves.  

Is Animal Kingdom based on a true story? 

Yes! The series, which is an adaptation of the 2010 film of the same name, was inspired by notorious Melbourne-based family, the Pettingill’s. Per CBR, the family was headed by Kath Pettingill who had 10 kids. The family was involved in a number of criminal offences including robbery and murder. 

Where can you watch Animal Kingdom in Australia? 

The show is currently available to watch on Netflix Australia, if you haven’t already signed up, you can do so here

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