The newest season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan saw our hero stop a potential reunion of the Soviet Union, save thousands from a nuclear explosion, and survive a hunt by the CIA, but that doesn't mean Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) gets to take an extended vacation. This ain't like 2019, Jack! After an excruciating three-year break between Seasons 2 and 3, the expected wait for Jack Ryan Season 4's release is much shorter, for reasons we'll explain below.
While there isn't much news about Season 4 available, details about the cast and filming locations have trickled out. Here's everything we know about Season 4.
There's still no premiere date for Season 4, but we're expecting it sooner rather than later given that the season has already been filmed. And we have a few more details on Season 4 thanks to an interview with showrunner Vaun Wilmott, who explained that things will be very different for Jack Ryan this time around. More details are in the "What Is Season 4 About" section.
Jack Ryan was renewed for Season 4 by Amazon Prime Video in October 2021, and in May 2022, Amazon confirmed that the fourth season will be the last. There's no release date for Jack Ryan Season 4 yet, but it shouldn't take another three years between seasons, because Season 4 has already been filmed. It would make sense for Amazon to hold Season 4 until late 2023 to get it on an annual release schedule and to allow the potential spin-off time to get ready for release the following year.
In an interview with The Wrap, John Krasinski confirmed that Seasons 3 and 4 were shot back-to-back, so the wait for Season 4 should be a lot less than the three and a half years it took for Season 3 to reach our screens. "We already finished [Season 4], we actually shot three and four back to back," Krasinski said. "So that was the whole idea, knowing that the fans would go so long in between two and three, we decided to do three and four back to back so that they wouldn't have to wait that long again."
There's no trailer for Jack Ryan Season 4 yet. We'll post it as soon as it's released. I bet it will have explosions in it!
Amazon has not revealed any details about Season 4 yet. But showrunner Vaun Wilmott spoke to CBR about Season 3 and teased a little about Season 4, saying, "The end of Season 3 is a launch into Season 4, insomuch as Jack is in a good place with the CIA. Without giving you any spoilers, he takes a different role in Season 4 that we haven't seen before, [one] that allows us to explore another aspect of Jack Ryan. Season 4 is another exciting ride — very international, different characters, new villains, and it allows us to play with Jack, Greer, Mike, and everybody in it, in new exciting ways."
Season 4 began filming in Feb. 2022, with locations in and around Croatia. In May of that year, filming on the series took place on the Spanish island Gran Canaria, according to Canarian Weekly. Krasinski also mentioned filming in New York, Los Angeles, Budapest, Slovakia, and Prague, but didn't specify whether those were locations for Season 3 or Season 4.
"What an incredible challenge that was for all of us to be [filming for] what was over a year and a half," Krasinski told The Wrap. "We had a small break in the middle. But we were essentially away from our families for over a year and a half. And not just New York to L.A., we're in Budapest and Slovakia, and Prague and wherever else. Canary Islands. It's a blessing to do it, but it's tough nonetheless."
The big news with Season 4 is that Abbie Cornish, who plays Jack's romantic interest Cathy Mueller, will be back. It makes sense; if Season 4 really is the final season, it would be nice to end the series with Jack finding a little happiness and stability with his future wife. Michael Peña will also join the cast full time as Domingo "Ding" Chavez, with Ding being eyed as a possible centerpiece for a future spin-off. We can also expect much of the regular cast to return. Peña was supposed to be in Season 3, but for reasons unknown, he did not make an appearance.
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Jack Ryan is only on Amazon Prime Video, so you'll need an Amazon Prime Video subscription to watch. Seasons 1-3 are now streaming.