The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 5 - Official Trailer | Prime Video

The Maisel-verse stretches exponentially in season five, transporting us to brand-new continents for the show, and the already-considerable wardrobe budget makes room for the feather-trimmed caftans and groovy pantsuits of years to come. And the gap between reality and fiction narrows further than it has before—where having a real-life figure like Lenny Bruce living and breathing in its world was once a singular novelty, Mrs. Maisel goes full-blown Forrest Gump in its last hurrah, with everyone from rock stars to royals getting entangled in Midge’s everyday.


That is to say that, yes, after a final self-destructive act, Miriam’s recklessness miraculously, marvelously pays off. The problem is that we don’t get to see it. Sure, we hear about the world tours and the famous lovers, but all of that largely happens offscreen, the audience held at a distance, with all of those previously mentioned diversions and distractions (we’re still on Rose Weissman’s matchmaking mafia schtick?!) regrettably filling that void. For a series as unabashedly taken with visuals, so many crucial plot points this time around are not shown but told.

The Palladino pair previously admitted that they didn’t have a five-season plan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in place when the series began, a lack of foresight that resulted in an aimlessness that bogged down the previous two seasons. Season five sees a big structural shift in its storytelling, one that would have been helpful had it been incorporated earlier in the show, as a reminder—no, a reassurance—that for all of Miriam’s regressions and recklessness, there was a point to it all. An endpoint, as it were.


“Go Forward!” that big billboard beckoned Midge going into season five. And The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel does eventually go forward. It just sadly doesn’t take us along for the ride.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 premieres April 14 on Prime Video