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Veronica Mars Season 5 Release Date, Cast And Plot

When Veronica Mars season 4 dropped on Hulu in July 2019, fans were thrilled to see their favorite teenage P.I. all grown up in Neptune, still navigating the fictional California town's tough class divides and numerous mysteries. After several bombs were set off during Neptune's popular spring break season, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) put herself on the case — and eventually solved the crime while maintaining relationships with her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni), her boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring), and others.

As shocked as fans were by Veronica Mars' surprise arrival on the streamer (the revival season hit Hulu a full week ahead of schedule), they were even more shocked by season 4's decisively tough ending, which found the titular heroine heartbroken and moving on from the town of Neptune. Though a fifth season hasn't yet been confirmed, the ending of the fourth season left plenty of room for future Veronica Mars adventures — and fans are waiting with bated breath to see if the plucky blonde investigator will return to screens with new cases and new struggles in a whole new season. 

Here's everything we know about a possible Veronica Mars season 5 — and beware, spoilers are ahead for season 4!

What is Veronica Mars season 5's release date?

In the fall of 2018, Hulu announced that it would air an eight-episode revival of Veronica Mars slated for release in 2019, and by July of that year, fans around the world were gearing up for a new season that was years in the making. After the 2014 Veronica Mars movie – which was largely regarded as total fan service (understandable, considering that it was literally funded by fans) — audiences were excited to see Veronica back in an episodic format, especially since creator and showrunner Rob Thomas promised a grittier reboot that felt more like the original series that premiered in 2004. 

Like we mentioned earlier, season 4 of Veronica Mars ended up dropping a week early on July 19, 2019, after the cast and crew assembled for a panel at that year's San-Diego Comic Con. Of course, viewers rushed to binge the short series and get their Mars fix as fast as possible. 

All this considered, while a fifth season of Veronica Mars is still unconfirmed, if Hulu and the minds behind Mars decide that the show should return, perhaps fans can look forward to another surprise drop from Thomas, Bell, and the crew.

Who is in the Veronica Mars season 5 cast?

Most of Veronica Mars' core cast did end up returning for the season 4 revival — including Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III (who plays Veronica's best friend Wallace Fennel), Ryan Hansen (Neptune's village idiot Dick Casablancas), and Francis Capra (Neptune's resident bad boy Weevil). The new season also brought into the mix a handful of new faces like Patton Oswalt, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and even Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons. (One face that was conspicuously missing was Tina Majorino's Mac — the actress declined to return when she found out her arc would be smaller than she thought.)

With Veronica Mars season 5 still up in the air, it remains to be seen which members of the cast would return, but one actor definitely won't be moving forward with Mars. Fans were shocked, dismayed, and heartbroken when Logan Echolls (Dohring), the love of Veronica's life, was killed by one last bomb at the end of the fourth season. Dohring is confident that Logan will remain six feet under, but noted that it's possible Veronica Mars could bring new and old faces back to Neptune again. As far as Bell is concerned, she's definitely in for Veronica Mars season 5 if it happens, saying she'll play Veronica until "everyone in Neptune is dead."

What's the plot of Veronica Mars season 5?

The end of Veronica Mars' fourth season saw Veronica hit the highest highs and lowest lows of her life thus far. After marrying her longtime love Logan and committing to their relationship once and for all, she ended up watching as Logan fell victim to a car bomb meant for her, hidden as one last gift from Penn Epler (Patton Oswalt), the season's villain. One year later, Veronica is finally seeking therapy — which was a huge bone of contention between Veronica and Logan while he was alive — and leaving Neptune seemingly for good, taking to the road to pick up more cases for Mars Investigations.

This ending definitely opened the door for plenty more mysteries, and season 5 could possibly focus on Veronica's post-Neptune career as well as the goings-on at Mars Investigations back in California — where Keith has under his wing a new Veronica-esque protégé named Matty (Izabela Vidovic), whose father was killed in the first spring break bombing.

Is there a trailer for Veronica Mars season 5 yet?

Since Veronica Mars season 5 remains totally unconfirmed by both showrunner Rob Thomas and Hulu, there's definitely no trailer for the project just yet, so fans will have to wait a while to see what might happen next with Veronica and the gang. 

Going by the release schedule of the fourth season, however, one might be able to expect a trailer about a month before an eventual season 5 release; the season 4 trailer dropped in June 2019, and the new episodes hit Hulu in July. But a Veronica Mars season 5 trailer, if it ever arrives, still might not include all the details fans are looking for; the season 4 trailer was fairly cryptic, giving only small glimpses of the plot and letting the surprises unfold once the season officially dropped.

If Thomas' previous trailers are any indication, he'll keep fans safely in the dark until a potential fifth season of Veronica Mars eventually hits the small screen, whether it stays on Hulu or moves elsewhere going forward.