In the first teaser for season 5 of Damages, which returns to DirecTV on July 11, we saw only Rose Byrne’s Ellen lying lifelessly on the street, presumable after a fall – or a push? – from a high-rise. The new clip at least sets the tone and introduces some new characters, including Ryan Phillippe and Jenna Elfman. “You may dislike my methods, but with me, you’ll stay relevant,” says Phillippe’s Channing McLaren, who runs a website that exposes Wall Street misconduct. He persuades Elfman’s Naomi Walling to leak some damaging information, but when it’s traced back to her, it becomes a war in and out of the courtroom, with Ellen and Patty on different sides. “You want to end this once and for all?” asks Close’s Patty. “Now’s your chance.”
Watch it below.
The quick-cuts really seem designed to catch Close looking her most malevolent, no? I kept waiting for her to scream, “Catch those puppies!”
Janet McTeer and John Hannah will also join Damages for its final season.