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    ‘The Affair’ gets a fifth, final season

    Maura Tierney and Dominic West in Showtime’s “The Affair.”
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    Maura Tierney and Dominic West in Showtime’s “The Affair.”

    I’m back into “The Affair” this season, after dropping the show during last season’s prison-themed plot. The show has returned to doing what it does best: driving home the inescapability of subjectivity and the way relationships, both marriages and affairs, leave indelible marks on us.

    So I am particularly glad to hear that the Showtime series has just been renewed for a fifth and final season. That sounds right to me, if the writers can continue to keep the stories moving forward for the duration. There are four more episodes left in this season, which has extended some of the drama to the West Coast.

    “We love the intimacy, the nuance and the emotional honesty of ‘The Affair’s’ subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity,” Showtime programming president Gary Levine said in a press statement. “[Show creator] Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”

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    This season, I’ve been wondering what it would be like if, somehow, the writers end up bringing the original couples back together. What a trick that would be, bringing it all back around.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.