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Marcella Season 4 - What We Know So Far

Though Marcella once aired on British television network ITV and stars a cast of largely British actors, its DNA is largely Scandinavian. Series creator Hans Rosenfeldt is Swedish by birth, but even beyond that, the series is firmly entrenched in the Nordic noir subgenre. In short, the name refers to a type of crime story in the model of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Beyond simply featuring crime as the central subject matter, Nordic noir stories generally delve into the dark psychologies of their heroes and villains alike.

Across Marcella's three seasons, the titular Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) investigates a number of serial killers, and in the series' most recent season, infiltrates a Northern Irish crime family while undercover with the assumed name Keira May Devlin. Dark moments from Marcella's own past resurface amidst her work trying to put a stop to the series' rogues' gallery of criminals. Despite revelations from her past, she remains a strong lead at the show's center.

Marcella season 3 was first released to Netflix, its international distributor, in June 2020 before it began airing on ITV in early 2021. Since the season ends on a cliffhanger, the groundwork is already laid for a season 4. Whether a fourth season of Marcella will ever see the light of day, however, has yet to be determined.

When will Marcella season 4 be released?

As it stands now, Marcella season 4 might not ever happen. That may come as a surprise to viewers who are caught up on the series' current three seasons, given that its most recent episode blatantly set up a new chapter for Marcella. However, Friel explained in an interview with Hello Magazine that the series was intended to be a trilogy at its start. That said, the ending of the third part of the trilogy directly contradicts that statement. Seemingly, the series' producers wanted to have their cake and eat it too, completing their planned trilogy while also foreshadowing its continuation.

Each new season of Marcella so far has been released after a period of roughly two years. If a fourth season of Marcella is indeed announced, 2022 would be the absolute earliest it would be released following this precedent. A fourth season might happen much later, too. Rosenfeldt told Express.co.uk that a new season 10 years down the line isn't out of the question, opening up the window for season 4 to extend even into the year 2032.

Who will star in Marcella season 4?

Without Anna Friel there is no Marcella. Currently, Friel has three projects in production. One of those is The Box, another dark crime series filmed in Sweden. Unlike Marcella, however, The Box's horrors are supernatural in nature. Despite her current work on other projects, however, Marcella season 4 will hinge upon her return.

The only other actor to appear in every episode of Marcella so far is Ray Panthaki as Detective Inspector Rav Sangha. His character ends up getting shot in the season 3 finale, though whether he will live or die from his gunshot wound has yet to be revealed. Panthaki's return, therefore, hinges upon the fate of his character.

Beyond the series' lead in Friel and co-star in Panthaki, the rest of its cast is generally confined to the storylines of its individual seasons. At the end of season 3, Marcella is on the way to an unspecified destination, so the balance of season 4's cast is contingent upon this new setting.

What will be the plot of Marcella season 4?

By the end of Marcella's third season, Marcella has completed her undercover work with the Maguire crime family in Northern Ireland. In doing so, she absconds with 24 million euros of what was once their money. In the episode's final moments, Marcella and Katie — the infant daughter of Maguire crime family associate Stacey, a fatality of the season finale — leave Northern Ireland on a private plane. Amidst her escape, an unknown caller reveals that he knows her true identity. Meanwhile, an airport employee calls her "Miss Hart," evidence of a new alias.

Season 4 of Marcella will most likely pick up with Marcella, likely known to her new associates as Miss Hart, in hers and Katie's new country of residence. Trouble will most likely follow her there in the form of whoever was on the other end of the phone call in the season 3 finale. Fans learning the identity of that caller will ultimately depend upon the series' return for a fourth season.