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'The Affair': Anna Paquin seeks answers in new Season 5 trailer

By Annie Martin

July 29 (UPI) -- The Affair is giving fans a new glimpse of Anna Paquin in Season 5.

The Showtime series released a trailer Sunday featuring Paquin as Joanie Lockhart, the now adult daughter of Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) and Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson).

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The preview explores the cyclical nature of trauma and tragedy as Joanie investigates her mother's apparent suicide. Season 4 suggested Alison's death may have been a murder.

"The whole family is steeped in this cyclical tragedy -- murder, drowning, suicide. Sometimes we have to start on journeys that our children must finish for us," a voiceover says in the trailer.

The Affair is co-created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, and co-stars Dominic West and Maura Tierney. Paquin discussed her experience with Treem in an interview with Entertainment Weekly this month.

"Sarah was pretty much the reason I wanted to do the show. She's a phenomenal talent," Paquin said.

"The way she portrays women as complex, flawed, intelligent human beings who exist in moral shades of gray -- the way men have always been allowed to -- was very exciting to me as a performer," she added. "It was also such an honor to work on her debut as a director in the series finale."

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The Affair will return for a fifth and final season Aug. 25.

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