A new report has revealed what Netflix is planning for Arrested Development season 5’s plot, and it’s going to make you feel a bit blue.

According to TV Line, Arrested Development’s next season, which is slated to begin filming this summer, will “likely have a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters.”

These “younger versions” will not be played by the actors who currently portray the characters.

This sucks for a couple of reasons: For one, it’ll be harder for the actors and actresses they cast for the younger characters to live up to the bar set by stars like Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter.

What’s more, this means your favorite actors will be appearing less across what’s reportedly a 17-episode season.

But this is no accident! Arrested Development season 4 featured mostly single-character episodes due to the cast’s less-than-stellar availabilities. Tough scheduling made it nearly impossible for them to all be together at the same time (And remember: The scenes where multiple actors were “together” employed green screens to mesh them into scenes).

On the flip side, it’ll be nice to see cast members actually working with one another in season 5. “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes,” a source told TV Line.

A new season of Arrested Development has long been rumored — it was a major deal when Netflix revived the show and delivered season 4 in 2013.

Are you okay with this rumored ‘Arrested Development’ season 5 plot plan?

The success of the new episodes may rely heavily on how good these new actors are.

We’re in an interesting era for prequels, aren’t we?

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