Ballers is going to keep on balling—but not for long. In an August 22 Instagram post, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced the fifth season of Ballers will be the last for the HBO series.
“My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rockin’ with us every season,” Johnson wrote in the caption. “You made us HBO’s highest rated comedy for years and most importantly, you helped create and sustain a platform for other actors to have the OPPORTUNITY to work hard, grow and become household names. To me, the opportunity Ballers created for so many others, is the real gold of our show. I love you, I thank you, and enjoy our final season of BALLERS.”
At least we get one more season. Season 5 will pick up where things left off last October, when financial manager Spencer Strasmore (Johnson) was facing a showdown with the NCAA. After Spencer sued college football’s governing body, the NCAA filed a countersuit. But in a heartfelt TV interview, Spencer dedicated the lawsuit to his late brother, and that interview then took off on social media. The NCAA granted Spencer a private meeting, offering to reinstate Quincy (Eli Goree), but only if he dropped the suit. In order to protect ASM and Sports X, Spencer told Joe (Rob Corddry) that he would officially resign. By the end of season 4, Spencer’s media gambit paid off, and Quincy was reinstated.
In a brand new HBO teaser for season 5, it looks like Spencer will continue where he left off in season 4, facing off with new foes and continuing to be a representative for “every guy who couldn’t beat the system.” As Spencer says in the trailer, “You know when football calls, I gotta answer.”
What else can we expect from the new season? Here’s everything we know about Ballers Season 5.
When does Ballers Season 5 premiere?
The last season just finished with episode nine on October 7. Season five will premiere on August 25th.
“This series has been a helluva learning curve to produce and star in — but what will always matter most is you guys making us HBO’s #1 highest rated 30min show for years now,” Johnson wrote.
In the post, Johnson also outlined the similarities between the character of Spencer and himself, realizing that they’re “exactly one in the same.”
“We look you directly in the eyes when we shake your hand. If we give our word to get something done – it gets done,” Johnson wrote. “If you cross us, we rip your jugular out. And there’s no problem that tequila (and maybe a few pills) can’t help fix 😈🥃”
In a separate post, The Rock shared a snippet of a heartfelt on-set goodbye speech to co-star John David Washington, whom he called “the highest quality human being.”
“Usually this is reserved for our first AD to do something like this, but considering our past, considering our history, considering where we’ve come from, I wanted to be the one to do this and send this person home with a special goodbye,” The Rock said in the IGTV post.
“When I think about our growth not only as actors, but as brothers, this guy for sure will make us all proud and bring an Oscar home one day.”
Who’s in the Ballers Season 5 cast?
Johnson will return as Spencer, of course, the former football star who now helps athletes cash in on their dreams as part of Anderson Financial Management. His right-hand man Joe should also be back. Washington—Denzel’s son—will be coming off his major success leading this year’s Spike Lee movie BlacKkKlansman, and returning to his role as Ricky, a top-rated NFL athlete.
Fans can also look for more from main characters including Charles (Omar Miller), Vernon (Donovan W. Carter), and Reggie (London Brown). Although Russell Brand’s Lance was left in the dust last season, he does appear momentarily in a teaser trailer released by HBO.
What’s going to happen in the next season of Ballers?
The end of season four saw Spencer having an emotional moment at his brother’s grave and facing a legal struggle with the NCAA. He sued the NCAA, and publicly blamed the organization for his brother’s suicide. The PR fiasco led to Quincy, who’s under Spencer’s guidance, being eligible again to play for USC. So Spencer was able to do some good, but it’s not yet clear if his lawsuit is still in play and how he will (or won’t) resolve his issues with the NCAA. Will he take the association to court, demanding pay for student-athletes, and get revenge for his brother? He did say “f**k the NCAA” to his dead brother so… possibly.
Joe scored a victory of his own by sealing a deal with Nike for skateboarders he represents. He’ll no doubt continue trying to elevate the extreme sports agency SportsX that Anderson Financial acquired.
Meanwhile, Ricky is now on the West Coast and getting in shape since he ended his retirement, but also dealing with quite a bit of emotional and physical baggage. The season-four finale revealed that he’s been using steroids. He comes clean to Joe, who says he’ll be cut from the team if he tests positive after the fifth game. So Ricky’s return to NFL glory is looking shaky, to say the least.
What are fans saying about Ballers Season 5?
HBO is keeping mum on plot for season five, but that hasn’t stopped fans on Reddit. With his gambit taking on the NCAA, Spencer has stirred up drama—but also potentially brought in a lot of new clients. Viewers seem to think Ballers will take an even more head-on approach to college athletics in season five.
“It seems pretty obvious that Spencer figured out a way to get everything he wanted,” one Reddit user said of the season four finale. “And moving forwards, if he’s able to get college kids paid, he’s the face of the movement and will be every major player’s first choice to manage their money. This is good for writing in the show too because you get to bring in college football. I was honestly kinda giving up on the show, and now I’m pretty excited for the next season.”