As demanded by the sacred rites and rituals involving the blood of Uprights Citizens Brigade hopefuls that sustain Lorne Michaels’ power, this season of Saturday Night Live shall end as it began, with a former cast member in the host’s spotlight. Andy Samberg has been chosen to head up the show’s May 17 finale, hosting for his first time—alongside St. Vincent’s own debut as musical guest—and bringing full circle a year that kicked off with Tina Fey, so it is complete, kali ma kali ma kali ma, shakti de. In between, SNL’s final three episodes of its 39th season will welcome Andrew Garfield on May 3, consciously coupled with Coldplay, and Charlize Theron and The Black Keys on May 10. And with no veteran cast members set to leave at the end of this season, it’s anyone’s guess who will be asked to begin the ritual again next year—specifically anyone who divines the scattered chicken bones outside of Lorne Michaels’ office.
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