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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Extreme Pain and Sadness" are Coming to "The Chosen"

The fourth season of the popular show about the earthly ministry of Jesus will hit theaters in February.

Lead actor Jonathan Roumie appears in a scene from Season 4 of "The Chosen."
Lead actor Jonathan Roumie appears in a scene from Season 4 of "The Chosen." Image: "The Chosen"/from Instagram.

Fans of The Chosen are no doubt counting the days until the release of new episodes of the series early next year. Now that the show has crossed the halfway point - there are ultimately to be seven seasons total - it should come as no surprise that this faith-based program will begin to take on darker shades, following the Biblical narrative, as it does.

Dallas Jenkins, the creator and director of the production, made clear in an interview with the website of Fox News that, for Jesus, "the tension is mounting and the enemies are starting to close in." He added that the show, which stars Christian actor Jonathan Roumie as the Jesus character, is moving "towards what we all know is coming," and that there will be "some extreme pain and sadness that's coming soon in future seasons."

"And of course, there's also some extreme joy that's coming. But on the way there, Jesus is getting increasingly sad because of the fact that things are getting increasingly heavy."

Season 4 itself is also to feature "lots of miracles" and "lots of laughter," but the overall tenor would seem to be one of somberness, according to the director, who in his interview mentioned the shortest verse in all of Scripture, "Jesus wept." (John 11:35), to underline his point.

"That happens in Season 4, and it happens more than once. So, I know that's not necessarily the best advertisement for a show, to say that this season is going to be, to have a lot of sadness, but I think it's an important part of the story."

As Christian Film Blog previously reported, this theatrical release of the next season will take place in three installments, starting with episodes 1 - 3 on February 1st of next year, and the trailer below will give you a feel for what to expect in the meantime. If you simply cannot wait that long, you will be glad to know that the show is also putting out a Yuletide special - Christmas with The Chosen: Holy Night - which will debut in theaters on December 12th.


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