Designated Survivor is back after its brief cancelation and found a new home on Netflix for season 3. If you’ve blasted through its shorter 10-episode season, you’re probably wondering if and when season four is due out on Netflix. Here’s what we know and what we could expect from season 4 of Designated Survivor.
Let’s quickly recap and introduce the show if you’re not familiar. The show led by Kiefer Sunderland is a political drama which sees Tom Kirkman become President of the United States after a bomb hits Capitol Hill. Throughout the course of three seasons, the show has transitioned into a more traditional political show like Madam Secretary or House of Cards.
The transition to Netflix hasn’t been super smooth with some criticizing the shows new freedom to use profanity and introduce more mature subjects perhaps not best suited for network television. The creators and producers on the show tell a different story with them claiming it’s liberating to be on Netflix.
Since it’s Netflix release, it’s regularly featured in the top 10’s in the UK as well as remaining in the trending now section.
Has Designated Survivor been renewed for season 4 at Netflix?
Official renewal status: not yet renewed (last updated: 06/23/2019)
The show has yet to be a full renewal just yet. That’s not surprising as we’re currently expecting to hear about the future of the show sometime in July 2019.
Statistics for the show look good with it popping sitting at number 8 on IMDb’s most popular list weeks after its third season. As we mentioned above, the show continues to feature in our most popular lists where we source what’s hot on Netflix from various data points.
Another good sign for the show is that the social accounts remain active too. A couple of days ago, the shows account posted a new video covering some of the topics the show touched on in season 3.
— Designated Survivor (@DesignatedNFLX) June 27, 2019
Of course, it’s easy to draw comparisons to another recent Netflix pickup, Lucifer. That show was renewed a month after it released for a final season.
One of the show’s new stars for season 3, Benjamin Charles Watson has expressed his hope for season 4 saying that he’s “optmistic” and that “I feel like we will get a season 4.”
When will season 4 of Designated Survivor be on Netflix?
Naturally, without renewal, it’s impossible to say at the moment. However, given the shows trimmed episode count and the team’s ability to produce the show on an annual basis, we are currently expecting season 4 of Designated Survivor to be on Netflix in mid-2020.
Don’t forget, South Korea has adapted the story and is due to release on Netflix around the world on July 1st, 2019. The new series will be similar in premise but it’ll be interesting to see how its been adapted for a different regions audience.
What to expect from Designated Survivor season 4
Although some argued the series faltered towards the middle of the season, it certainly ended on a bang and set up several plot points going forward.
Firstly, let’s start at the top level. President Kirkman won his election and lives to fight another four years in the Oval Office. However, with a potentially huge scandal now looming thanks to several unsavory ways Kirkman rose in the polls are less than ideal or moral. President Kirkman purposely chose to withhold information that would’ve exonerated Moss from the bio-attack attempts. Could we potentially have an impeachment in season 4?
Me last year: I will never watch season 3 of Designated Survivor!
Me today: Oh fck! Will Kirkman get impeached in season 4? And why did y’all kill Hannah Wells?
— Mark Lluch 🌴 (@mrkllch) June 20, 2019
Lorraine is likely now headed for jail for her involvement in an illegal hacking scandal and Emily may be on the line too. Her hands are certainly not clean given she leaked several pieces of confidential information throughout the campaign too. Emily is obviously still a little fragile given the dramatic and horrific loss of her mother.
Next up, Aaron Shores relationship with Isabella will be strained through season 4 with the revelation that she’s now pregnant.
On a happier note, Kall Penn’s Seth is likely going to have a better season with him hooking up with his sperm donor child’s Mom at the end of this season.
Season 3 of #DesignatedSurvivor was fabulous and it perfectly set up a fourth season, but Season 4 should probably be its last.
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) June 28, 2019
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