Servant Season 4 Is The Thrilling Final Chapters In The Chilling M. Night Shyamalan Series
After three incredible seasons, the fourth and final season of Apple TV+'s M. Night Shyamalan series Servant has arrived. If you've missed my Servant Season 1 Review, Servant Season 2 review & Servant Season 3 review, Servant follows the story of a Philadelphia couple, Dorothy & Sean, who tragically lose their infant. At the behest of their therapist, the couple gets a reborn doll to work through the grief, however Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) takes her grieving much too far, hiring a nanny to take care of the doll. With Season 4's debut, the final 10 chapters set to finish the edge of your seat story that began in 2019.
There is a spoiler for the Season 3 finale in the next paragraph. If you haven't yet watched the Season 3 Servant finale, you'd be advised to skip this paragraph.
Season 4 of the thriller begins a few months after the end of Season 3 (SPOILER ALERT) with Dorothy returning home from the hospital after her devastating fall. With nanny Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) welcoming a disgusted Dorothy back to the towering Spruce Street home, husband Sean (Toby Kebbell) and brother Julian (Rupert Grint) are there to support her.
The first three episodes of Servant's fourth and final season are a nail-biting, edge of your seat thrust forward of the story which you know is quickly coming to an exhilarating climax. With returning behind the scenes talent like writer / director Ishana Night Shayamlan (Night's own extremely talented daughter who wrote and directed Season 4 episode 3 "The Seance" - my personal favorite so far), the series remains as intense, interesting and intriguing as ever - maybe even more so.
The four leads, already outstanding actors, really up their game in the fourth season, bringing complex, thoughtful performances that have had viewers emotionally attached to their characters, mysterious, multi-faceted and flawed as those characters may be. All four of the leads are given their own time to shine, blatantly proving that the cast is top notch. Nell Tiger Free, as Leanne, may just take the title for Season 4's power hitter. We see Leanne's powers continue to be revealed as she transitions from the meek servant to a powerful force in the world. The supporting cast, including Uncle George (Boris McGiver), Tobe (Tony Revolori) and Snake (Mathilde DeHaye) all return for Season 4 in vital ways.
While Servant is practically a filmed play with small cast of characters and taking place almost entirely in the Turners home, Season 4 does branch out a bit, both in locations (with the Season 4 premiere taking place almost entirely directly outside of the home) as well as introducing some intriguing new players, Bev & Bobbie (Denny Dillon & Barbara Kingsley) an insanely memorable dynamic duo who arrive to assist Dorothy in rehabilitation. Mark my words: You will fall in love with Bev & Bobbie.
After 30 episodes, Season 4's final 10 episodes will complete the 40 chapter journey started in 2019. At about 30 minutes for each episode, the series brilliant writing, incredible world-building and expert creative team both in front of and behind the camera are the perfect length to keep the story moving quickly while still developing the characters. Season 4 also proves that starting a series with a clearly delineated outline from start to finish, has made one of the most thrilling, creepy and smart series in television history. M. Night Shyamalan's first foray as executive producer of an episodic television series has made for an unforgettable show that will stand the test of time as one of the all time greats. I'll be sad to see it end, but the journey has been one hell of a good ride.
Season 4 of Servant premieres exclusively on Apple TV+ on January 13th, followed by the final 9 episodes every Friday. Don't have Apple TV+? Get your free trial here!