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Anna Paquin Joins ‘The Affair’ As Joanie, Final Season Including Massive Time Jump

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Actress Anna Paquin attends the Premiere of "The Parting Glass" at the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival at Sequoia Theater on October 6, 2018 in Mill Valley, California. Steve Jennings/Getty Images

The Affair is really pulling out all the stops for the final season. Season 5, which has already begun production, will include a massive 20 to 30-year time jump. Anna Paquin has been cast as Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole’s (Joshua Jackson) adult daughter Joanie Lockhart who will return “to a climate-change ravaged Montauk” in order to put together the pieces of what really happened to her mother.

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In season 4, Alison was murdered at the hands of her boyfriend Ben (Ramon Rodriguez), but the death was staged as a suicide. The final season will look back at the events of season 4 and find the characters facing consequences of their actions.

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Reagan Grella as Joanie in The Affair (Season 4, Episode 10). Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME

The time jump isn’t the only change coming into the fifth installment of the Showtime drama. While Dominic West (who plays Noah Solloway) and Maura Tierney (Helen Solloway) are returning as regulars, Julia Goldani Telles and Jadon Sand will also be regulars as Noah and Helen’s children, Whitney and Trevor Solloway, respectively.

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Sanaa Lathan will return as as Janelle, Noah’s love interest, and guest star Claes Band will play Sasha Mann, a new love interest for Helen. Emily Browning, Omar Metwally, Russell Hornsby, John Doman, Kathleen Chalfant, Max Fowler, Abigail Dylan Harrison and Jake Siciliano are also set to guest star.

Both Jackson, 40, and his on-screen wife Catalina Sandino Moreno’s (Luisa) parts in the season are still up in the air as reports claim they are not returning as series regulars.

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The Affair’s final season will air on Showtime in 2019.

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