The magazine-drama last left us with the three BFF's at their limits, both personally and professionally.
Sutton's (Meghann Fahy) marriage is falling apart and now she's slept with her married high school boyfriend. Jane (Katie Stevens) was testing the line of a relationship with one of her employees while pursuing a story that Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) pushed back against. Kat's (Aisha Dee) controversial ending saw the social media manager fired for exposing the company president's support of gay conversion therapy, and beginning a relationship with his conservative daughter Eva (Alex Payton-Beesley).
Just days before that finale aired, Dee took to Instagram to call out the show for its lack of support for BIPOC cast and storylines, specifically the one that left Kat dating a white, conservative woman.
"The decision to have Kat enter into a relationship with a privileged conservative woman felt confusing and out of character," she wrote at the time. "Despite my personal feelings about the choice, I tried my best to tell the story with honesty, even though the Kat I know and love would never make these choices. It was heartbreaking to watch Kat's story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone who's politics are actively harmful to her communities."
The network responded to Dee's criticisms. "We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues," the statement read. "We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change. Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in—we can only do that if we listen."
Fans of the series will be happy to know that Kat's ex-girlfriend Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) will be returning for season five.
The Bold Type's final season will air on Stan in 2021.