The pose is an American drama television series about New York City’s drag ball culture scene in the 1980s and 1990s, an LGBTQ subculture among the African-American and Latino cultures. Dancers and models have featured characters that strive for awards and fame in this underground culture and support one another through a web of selected families known as Houses.
The show was generally well-received, and it later got multiple award nominations, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for Billy Porter. Porter received the Primetime Emmy Award in 2019, making him the first openly homosexual black man to be nominated for and win an Emmy for a lead performance.
That begs the question, will there be a season 4 anytime soon?
Will There be Pose Season 4?
This spring, FX’s dance culture-historical drama Pose will conclude its third and final season – a season that they fought through the COVID-19 epidemic to finish, but has genuinely been many years in the process. Yep, no Pose season 4 for us.
Although the final season will be brief (just seven episodes), it will cover stories that co-creators Steven Canals and Ryan Murphy discussed when they first discussed the project five years ago.
“If you watch this season, and more specifically the finale, that was what it was always intended to be,” Canals said during a virtual discussion for the show. “If you go back to the first season, everything was a setup for this final chapter. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end, and this final season was the end of this three-arc narrative that we’ve been telling. … It’s us finally allowing our characters to explore what it means to have all of the things that they very clearly stated in the first season that they wanted.”
“Trans people are who they say they are, so what we’re fighting for is a world where trans people are accepted and seen,” said writer, director, and co-executive producer Janet Mock.
The final season will focus on many colors of that, including “how so many women before us — before legislation … were outsiders and renegades and trailblazers. ‘Pose’ was always a celebration of the ways in which our people make do with nothing,” she continued.
Canals says, “certainly could have continued to create a narrative around these characters and this world, and we talked about [that] in the writers’ room,” but Pose season 4 will not be created.
“For me as a true lover of television, one of the things that have always frustrated me is when I am turning into a season of television and I can tell this season just feels like filler.
“The last thing I wanted to do to our audience was create a narrative simply to create narrative, and with no real intention. I could see the ending … and it made sense to land the plane comfortably if you will,” she continued.
Pose Season 4 Expected Plot
Season 1 of Pose is set in 1987–88 and examines “the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York,” including the African-American and Latino ball culture world, the downtown social and literary scene, and the advent of the yuppie lifestyle.
The second season kicks off in 1990. More of the characters are now HIV-positive or have AIDS. Some have joined ACT UP as AIDS activists, and everyone is now attending frequent fundraisers, funerals, and memorial services for their many friends and loves in the community who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic. Some features of ballroom dance styles became mainstream with the publication of songs by Madonna, Malcolm McLaren, and others, and members of the community discover new possibilities as dancers and dance teachers. Others work as dominatrices or strippers.
Blanca is a nursing aide, a mother, and a present partner to Christopher, her new love who works at the same hospital when the final season begins in 1994. Due to Lemar’s father’s position in the rowdy new group House of Khan, and Pray Tell’s health scare, the season also focuses on the reassembly of House of Evangelista.
As far as Pose season 4 goes, it will probably not be a possibility. But if it is, we can expect to see a narrative about ball culture, the homosexual and trans community, the burgeoning AIDS pandemic, and capitalism set in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Pose Season 4 Release Date
If we get lucky, and another season is, in fact, announced, judging by past patterns, the second season premiered on June 11, 2019. The third season premiered on May 2, 2021, and concluded on June 6, 2021, and so, we’ve got more than enough reason to expect a potential Pose season 4 by December 2022, given that it is renewed. Meanwhile, Pose season 3 is nothing short of glamourous.
Here’s a trailer for the same.
Pose season 4 Cast
If Pose season 4 makes it to our screens, we expect the following (but not limited to) to return.
- Evan Peters as Stan Bowes, Patty’s yuppie husband who works in Trump Tower and becomes Angel’s lover
- Kate Mara as Patty Bowes, Stan’s wife and mother of their children
- James Van Der Beek as Matt Bromley, Stan’s kingpin boss
- Michaela Jaé Rodriguez as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, a trans woman with HIV/AIDS and former member of the House of Abundance. She is the founder and mother of the House of Evangelista.
- Dominique Jackson as Elektra Evangelista, mother of the former House of Abundance. After brief stints in the Houses of Evangelista and Ferocity, she forms the House of Wintour before rejoining the House of Evangelista in the final season.
- Billy Porter as Prayerful “Pray” Tell, emcee of the balls in New York, fashion designer, and mentor to members of the community, especially the members of the House of Evangelista. He later enters a relationship with Ricky.
- Indya Moore as Angel Vasquez-Evangelista, a trans woman sex worker who joins the House of Evangelista after leaving the House of Abundance. She has an affair with Stan during the first season, before entering a relationship with Papi.
- Ryan Jamaal Swain as Damon Richards-Evangelista, a homeless, talented dancer who becomes the first member of the House of Evangelista. After the season 3 premiere, the character was written out of the show due to the murder of Swain’s sister in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Damon was said to have relapsed into alcoholism and moved to his cousin’s home in South Carolina. In the series finale, he was revealed to be in Chicago, teaching dancing.
- Charlayne Woodard as Helena St. Rogers, a modern dance teacher at the New School for Dance
- Hailie Sahar as Lulu Evangelista, the founder of the House of Ferocity alongside Candy. She joins the House of Evangelista in the final season.
- Angelica Ross as Candy Johnson-Ferocity, the founder of the House of Ferocity alongside Lulu
- Angel Bismark Curiel as Esteban “Lil Papi” Martinez-Evangelista, a member of the House of Evangelista
- Dyllón Burnside as Ricky Evangelista, Damon’s ex-boyfriend and a former member of the House of Evangelista who joins the House of Wintour. In the final season he rejoins the House of Evangelista.
- Sandra Bernhard as Judy Kubrak, a nurse who works with people with AIDS and member of ACT UP
- Jason A. Rodriguez as Lemar Khan, a former member of the House of Abundance, Ferocity, Evangelista and Wintour, before becoming the father of the House of Khan
As of now, that’s all we know. Keep in touch with this space for more updates about Pose season 4.
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