One of the most-watched historical dramas today, The Chosen, is returning for a fourth season. The show, which was initially released on VidAngel’s subscription service, released its first season on Netflix in 2022. In June 2023, The CW acquired the first three seasons of the series, and plans for The Chosen Season 4 are already underway.
So when will we see the new season? Here’s everything we know so far about The Chosen Season 4. There are spoilers from Season 3 ahead.
The Chosen Is Coming Back for Season 4
The Chosen is returning for a fourth season following three successful seasons. The crowd-funded series depicts the life of Jesus along with his friendships to his death and resurrection. The show was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year. Despite the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, The Chosen was granted a SAG-AFTRA waiver to continue filming.
The waiver from SAG-AFTRA allowed filming of The Chosen to continue as it is an independent production. Despite having actors who are part of SAG-AFTRA in the cast, the show is not associated with the AMPTP.
Production for Season 4 wrapped in September 2023, so fans can expect to see a teaser trailer soon. The show’s official Twitter account hinted that the upcoming season is the fourth of seven planned seasons. Even if it isn’t officially confirmed, it’s safe to say we can expect more episodes coming.
The Chosen creator, Dallas Jenkins, shared during a livestream in August 2023 that the waiver granted to them by SAG-AFTRA allowed them to finish the last two weeks of filming in Goshen, Utah.
“We worked hard to accommodate all of SAG’s requests and their interim agreement,” said Jenkins in a statement to USA TODAY. “We appreciate their recognition of us as an independent as well as their hard work in this process.”
The Chosen Season 4 Cast
The cast of The Chosen Season 4 includes Jonathan Roumie as Jesus, Shahar Isaac as Simon Peter, Elizabeth Tabish as Mary Magdalene, Paras Patel as Matthew, Noah James as Andrew, Shaan Sharma as Shmuel, Giavani Cairo as Thaddeus, Jordan Walker Ross as Little James, and George Harrison Xanthis as John.
Also part of the cast are Abe Martell as Big James, Joey Vahedi as Thomas, Yoshi Barrigas as Phillip, Austin Reed Alleman as Nathanael, Yasmine Al-Bustami as Ramah, Vanessa Benavente as Mary, Luke Dimyan as Judas Iscariot, David Amito as John the Baptist, and Amber Shana Williams as Tamar.
New faces are also expected to be introduced in Season 4 as it further explores more stories from the Bible. Aside from Jenkins, Ryan Swanson serves as the show’s producer and co-writer.
What Happened in Season 3
Previously, in The Chosen Season 3, Jesus and his disciples become strained with the new challenges they face. The ministry is confronted by increased opposition from Jewish and Roman authorities as well as conflicts among themselves, putting the foundation of Jesus’s mission at risk. Jesus and his disciples instead go on a mission to prevent disturbances caused by the impact of his teachings.
The latest season focused on Simon Peter, whose faith is tested after his wife Eden experiences a miscarriage. This tragedy comes at a time of the Purim celebrations, remembering Israel’s deliverance from Haman in the Book of Esther. In grief, Simon Peter is angry at God for the loss of their baby.
Meanwhile, Phillip and Andrew return from their mission to the eastern part of Galilee, a region marked with unrest between the Jewish and Gentile communities. Their teachings have apparently caused the unrest, and Jesus sought to address the situation. The apostles wait for Jesus to return, keen on resuming their ministry.
But more challenges continue to confront them resulting in a mission that highlights the roles each of the disciples play. Following the return of Jesus and his apostles, a transformation occurs, as Jesus delivers his teachings and attracts crowds by the thousands.
By the Season 3 finale, the feast of 5000 and the miracle of Jesus walking on water took place.
What to Expect in Season 4
For The Chosen Season 4, expect more stories from the Bible to be brought to life, according to Angel Studios. Given what happened in Season 3, it’s safe to say the coming season will pick up on the aftermath of the miracles Jesus performed and the challenges he and his disciples faced.
“It doesn’t fit into one bible verse but there’s a lot of the disciples now really starting to wonder where is this going. There is a lot of finding your place and so much weight this season,” said Jenkins about Season 4.
During the live stream with Jenkins and Roumie, Jenkins said the whole team had 76 days of filming this year and that they were ready to go home. Roumie added that he was ready to go on a break. When pressed about the differences between filming Seasons 3 and 4, Jenkins said Season 3 was more challenging as they were filming in the fields for long periods of time.
Jenkins said filming Season 4 was more intense and hinted that the upcoming season would be the show’s most impactful spiritually and emotionally. When pressed which Season 4 episode he thinks is the most impactful, Jenkins said it would be Episode 7. The show’s creator added that it’s because the questions about Jesus’ emotions and why he had to suffer are explored in that episode.
The Chosen Season 4 Release Date
Jenkins revealed that The Chosen Season 4 will be arriving in early 2024. However, an exact date has not yet been announced. The renewal came at a time when several productions were shut down because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. But fortunately, as The Chosen was allowed to continue filming, we might see new episodes as early as 2024.
For comparison, Seasons 1 and 2 premiered in April, while Season 3 premiered in December. All three seasons have been split into two parts, with four episodes each. The first half of Season 1 premiered in April 2019, and the second half premiered in November 2019. For Season 2, the first half premiered in April 2021, with the second half in July of the same year.
Season 3 premiered in December 2022 and ended in February 2023. The Chosen even had a Christmas special, which aired on December 1, 2021.
For now, fans can rewatch the first three seasons on Prime Video, Netflix, Peacock, and Roku. New episodes will be airing on The CW. Fans can also rewatch the first three seasons for free on the Angel Studios website, as well as The Chosen App.