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Netflix Drops Trailer For Final Season Of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

So long, Kimmy.

Netflix posted the trailer for the upcoming back half of the fourth and final season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt this morning to its YouTube Channel. The season's six episodes include one super-sized double-length outing, according to Deadline.

Debuting on Netflix in 2015, the series follows the titular character (Ellie Kemper) as she navigates a strange and sometimes hostile world after being held captive in an underground bunker by a doomsday cult for fifteen years. The show's colorful main cast includes Kimmy's landlady Lillian (Carol Kane), roommate Titus (Titus Burgess), and Jacqueline, an aloof socialite who employs her as a nanny (Jane Krakowski). The ridiculously extensive supporting cast includes series co-creator Tina Fey as Kimmy's therapist, Lisa Kudrow as Kimmy's mother Lori-Ann, and Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the founder of the cult.

The series has garnered widespread acclaim, with Kemper's endearing performance grounding the comically bizarre cast in a series that has managed to be at times heartfelt, topical, and... well, downright strange, though never less than hilarious. It's coming to an end not because of any decline in viewership or quality, but because its creators and showrunner Robert Carlock came to the conclusion that it was simply the right time. 

The trailer opens with a quick montage of scenes from previous seasons before segueing into Kimmy performing a typically adorable dance number for Titus ("I can't believe I came out of my room for this," he mumbles to himself). We then get a tease of a few of the plot points the final episodes will cover: Kimmy writing a childrens' book (which she "promotes" by hanging a poster in Titus' room), the ups and downs of Titus' relationship with his boyfriend (an ongoing odyssey since season 2), and the introduction of new character Eli Rubin (Zachary Quinto), who is duly impressed with the book that Kimmy published under the name of Shawn White ("I'm not Shawn White," Kimmy declares proudly; "My name is Kimmy Schmidt, and I'm all girl!"). Titus also finally appears to find a semblance of success in the acting world ("I'm living the dream," he declares, "and not the one where I get chased by Captain Crunch"), and it also looks like there may be a conflict brewing (along with an inevitable reconciliation) between Kimmy and Jacqueline. Oh, and Kimmy decks someone in the face in the middle of a grocery store. Dream sequence? Perhaps... perhaps not.

The roster of guest stars this last time around is typically eclectic, including the likes of Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Saturday Night Live alums Bobby Moynihan and Fred Armisen, and a number of notables playing themselves, such as Greg Kinnear, Steve Buscemi, and Ronan Farrow. Will Titus finally be revealed to the world as the major acting talent he's always fervently believed himself to be? Will Jacqueline pull her entitled head out of her keister and let the humanity which has always lurked beneath the surface of her character come to the forefront? And, will Kimmy finally stop thinking about everyone else for a change, and actually put her own needs first? These last episodes will give us the answers. One of them will even answer questions we didn't even know we had; Deadline reports that one of the final episodes will be twice the length of a standard outing, and will offer a Sliding Doors-style look at how the lives of various characters would have played out if Kimmy had never been kidnapped by the cult.

Even though Kimmy and friends will definitely get some closure (and some actual completed story arcs) as the show comes to a close, there remains a distinct possibility that we haven't seen the last of them. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in August of last year, Fey and Carlock discussed plans for a possible feature film, which may or may not also appear on Netflix. "If we're lucky enough to get to do the movie, I think it would be a stand-alone idea," said Fey. Carlock indicated that there were some ideas left untapped for the series that might eventually make their way to the screen in that form. "We now have a shorter runway than we originally thought we would, and don't want to overstuff it and rush it," Carlock said of the final episodes. "And there are things that I think would be fun to hold off for kind of a big epic finale in feature form."

That gives us hope, much like the hope that got Kimmy through that fifteen years in the bunker, that there may be one last dose of Kimmy Schmidt on the horizon. But for now, we're content to savor the possibilities of this excellent series' last hurrah. Season 4's back half premieres on Netflix on January 25.