Anna Paquin Joins Season 5 of “The Affair”

Anna Paquin has joined the fifth and final season of the Showtime drama.

Paquin has been tapped to star as the adult version of Joanie Lockhart, the daughter of Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole (Joshua Jackson). Paquin took to Instagram to share the exciting news, writing, YAY!! I’m so EXCITED!!!”

According to Variety who has confirmed the news, season five will jump forward in time multiple decades as Joanie returns to Montauk to investigate the death of her mother. In season four, Alison’s death, which first looked like suicide, was later revealed to be murder committed by her boyfriend, Ben (Ramon Rodriguez).

The news of Paquin’s casting comes after it was reported earlier this week that Claes Bang has joined the show as Sasha Mann, Helen’s new love interest. Also set to guest star in season five are Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, Russell Hornsby, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Abigail Dylan Harrison, and Jake Siciliano. 

Unconfirmed still is Jackson’s return to the series’ final season. According to sources, if Jackson does come back for season five, “it would only be for one episode.”

The Affair returns to Showtime returns in 2019.