'Veronica Mars' Season 5 Renewal, Release Date, Cast for Neptune's Top P.I.

More Mars may be on the way, Marshmallows.

Veronica Mars has returned for Season 4 on Hulu. It’s been a hot minute since we last saw Veronica in a fan-funded Veronica Mars movie released in 2014. Season 4 picks up where the Rob Thomas-created series ended with that film, catching up with Veronica as she continues her work as a private investigator in her hometown of Neptune, California.

Season 4 focused mostly on a serious mystery that reeled Veronica and Keith Mars in on the first episode. A major bombing at the Sea Sprite Motel in Neptune sets Mars Investigations on a dangerous path as the father-daughter duo looks into who could have done it. As Veronica and Keith dig deeper, they realize the bombings have ties to local politicians and community bigwigs invested in revitalizing Neptune — much against the rest of the town’s will. Add to this a hefty dose of relationship strife between Veronica and her longtime beau, Logan, and Veronica Mars Season 4 was packed with more drama than we anticipated.

Here’s what we can expect from Veronica Mars Season 5, including which cast members will return, what we can expect from the next season’s story, and whether or not it’s been renewed.

Warning: Big spoilers ahead for Veronica Mars Season 4.

Kristen Bell in Veronica Mars Season 4
Veronica Mars, at your service.

Has Veronica Mars Been Renewed For Season 5?

Veronica Mars has not been renewed for Season 5 yet. Just because the series hasn’t been immediately renewed by Hulu is no indicator the series isn’t happening.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Thomas stated his intention to keep the Veronica Mars train running for seasons to come. In sharing his reasoning behind killing Logan (Jason Dohring) off, Thomas said, “Well, here’s the thing: I want to keep making Veronica Mars. Kristen and I have talked about making them until it’s Murder She Wrote, and I think for the show to work that way it has to work as a noir detective show,” before explaining why Logan had to die for that to work.

The intention to continue the series is very much in place from the creative end. As of July 2019, it remains to be seen whether Hulu sees any value in continuing with new seasons or if Thomas, Bell, and the Veronica Mars crew (remember: they crowdfunded a movie) will have to get creative to make another season happen.

When Is the Veronica Mars Season 5 Release Date?

With no confirmed renewal, there’s no way to peg down a release date. The Veronica Mars release date timeline is a bit unusual because Season 4, the most recent season, was released more than 10 years after the series was canceled in 2007.

If the show is renewed in the immediate weeks or months following Season 4’s release, it would be reasonable to expect production to begin shortly thereafter, meaning Season 5 could possibly be released in the summer of 2020. But this is all a big “if”, so let’s first see if Veronica Mars can at least nab a renewal first.

Which Veronica Mars Cast Members Will Return?

We know for sure that Jason Dohring, who played Logan Echolls, and David Starzyk, who played Richard “Big Dick” Casablancas, won’t return since their characters were killed during Season 4. Outside of this, any Veronica Mars cast member could come back.

The likeliest returning cast members will be Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni as Veronica and Keith Mars. Izabela Vidovic will also likely return to play Matty Ross, the daughter of the Sea Sprite Motel owner killed in the Neptune bombings, who now works for Mars Investigations. It also seems the door will be wide open for any previous Veronica Mars alum to show up for a little while. Season 4 included appearances from past cast members Max Greenfield as Leo D’Amato, Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel, and Francis Capra as Weevil.

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring on Veronica Mars Season 4
Veronica and Logan hanging out at home.

How Did Veronica Mars Season 4 End?

Veronica Mars Season 4 ended with a literal — and devastating — bang. Veronica nailed down Cho’s Pizza deliveryman Penn Epner as the mastermind behind the Neptune bombings. Believing she had watched him diffuse the final bomb, Veronica and Logan got married at Neptune City Hall. Later that day, the pair returned home as Veronica chewed over a final riddle about another suspected bomb Penn may have planted. As she figured out the bomb was planted in her own car, she went to warn Logan, who had gone out to the car to move it, and watched as Logan died in the explosion.

Season 4 ended with Veronica even more emotionally shut down as she processed the loss of her husband and tried to move on with her life. It was revealed she was finally going to therapy (something Logan had encouraged her to do all season) and was going to continue to help her dad with Mars Investigations. Business grew as word of the Neptune bombings spread across the US, which meant cases came in from across the country. Looking for a reason to escape Neptune, Veronica went out on the road to solve them on behalf of Mars Investigations.

What Big Questions Does Veronica Mars Season 5 Have to Answer?

Season 5 has a lot of big questions to answer, but the most pressing will be how Veronica chooses to heal from the loss of Logan. Will she become even more cold and cut off from the world? Or will she embrace the healing offered in her initial therapy sessions and try a different way of seeing the world?

There’s also the question of whether Matty Ross, still in Neptune and set up to be Veronica’s P.I. successor, will take up the mantle and continue investigating the shady dealings within the city limits. Even though Neptune’s businesses and real estate market have gone more upscale, there will surely be no shortage of crimes being committed. With Matty now working at Mars Investigations, she has all the tools she needs to solve them.

Other minor questions Season 5 will need to deal with include: Who is Keith’s new girlfriend? Is she someone we know or a new character with the potential to shake things up? Will more crime surface in Neptune with Veronica gone? Will Veronica find love again?

What Is the Plot of Veronica Mars Season 5?

The plot of Veronica Mars Season 5 will most likely focus on Veronica as she takes on new cases across the country on behalf of Mars Investigations. One key tease in the Season 4 finale was that news of the Neptune bombings had spread across the nation and the Mars family got a large influx of requests.

Enrico Colantoni and Kristen Bell in Veronica Mars Season 4
The Mars family is ready for their next case.

Will There Be Any New Characters on Veronica Mars Season 5?

There could be! Since the show hasn’t been renewed and production hasn’t begun, no new characters have been teased nor have any actors been cast to play them. It stands to reason there will be new characters since Veronica was last seen leaving Neptune at the end of Season 4, working on behalf of Mars Investigations on cases all over the US.

Season 4 brought in some new faces, including Patton Oswalt as Penn Epner, Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons as Clyde Pickett, and Izabela Vidovic as Matty Ross. Those actors are now relegated to potential returning cast members, clearing the way for a whole new slew of characters to be included in a new season.


Veronica Mars Seasons 1-4 are available to stream now on Hulu.

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