Fauda set to return for a fifth season

The hit show starring Lior Raz was greenlit this week


Fans of the hit Israeli Netflix series Fauda will be delighted to know that it is returning for a fifth season.

Ilan Sigal, chief executive of Israeli network Yes confirmed that the next installment of the action series had been commissioned.

Sigal appeared alongside the show’s co-creator, Avi Issacharoff, at Yes’s annual “Bar Series” event to share the news.

The hit Netflix series released its fourth and what was meant to be final season earlier this year.

But according to Israeli publication Ynet, Fauda was picked up for a fifth season following drawn-out negotiations between the network and the creators.

Fans of the show will have to wait a little longer to hear more about the season’s plot and when Israel’s longest-running action series might air.

Speaking in 2019, show co-creator  Issacharoff said current events in Israel often inspire ideas for the series, but what is even “weirder is when the things we write about in the show happen in real life. That has happened to the team and it is very strange.”

Issacharoff, an Israeli journalist, developed the hit series alongside the show’s star Lior Raz almost 10 years ago.

Both are expected to return to write the fifth season.

Fauda first premiered in 2015 to rave reviews and tells the story of action-hero Doron, played by Raz.

Raz has starred in both Israeli and US projects including Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” and “Operation Finale” opposite American actor Oscar Isaac.

In an interview with the JC in 2022, Raz said the process of acting brought up a lot of old trauma from his days in the elite Duvdevan unit of the IDF.

He said: “It has opened many wounds. For me, it was through the acting, not necessarily through the writing or creating.

"For example, last season I was talking to a character in his grave. I started to cry and couldn’t stop for about half an hour. The crew just left me; I couldn’t stop because everything was coming out.”

Raz also told of how the process of filming the show ended up being an almost cathartic moment for him as he was forced to deal with the pain of losing his girlfriend to a terrorist attack when they were teenagers.

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