Series overview
Season 1234

Black Lightning was renewed for a fourth and final season by The CW on January 7, 2020.[1][2] On May 14, 2020, The CW announced that the season wouldn't premiere until January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] On October 29, 2020, it was announced that the season would premiere on February 8, 2021.[4] On November 20, 2020, it was announced that this would be the final season.[2]



Main cast

Recurring cast


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter One" Salim Akil February 8, 2021
Jefferson Pierce is still mourning the death of his long-time friend Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, Gambi is presented with an interesting opportunity. Lastly, Lynn and Jefferson are still not able to see eye to eye.
2 "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Two" Bille Woodruff Charles D. Holland February 15, 2021
The war between the 100 and the Kobra Cartel rages on. Meanwhile, Lynn continues to be concerned about Jefferson. Lastly, Jennifer's curiosity is piqued by a new boy at school.
3 "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Three" Salim Akil Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd February 22, 2021
Jefferson is feeling even more lost after a frustrating therapy session. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to care for a still comatose Grace. Lastly, Lynn has a breakthrough.
4 "The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Four" Salim Akil Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd March 1, 2021
Jefferson pays Tobias a visit and warns him to stay away from his family.
5 "The Book of Ruin: Chapter One" Bille Woodruff Adam Giaudrone March 8, 2021
Gambi supports Black Lightning as he departs on a special mission. Meanwhile, Grace tries to persuade Anissa to let her guard down.
6 "The Book of Ruin: Chapter Two" Mary Lou Belli Jake Waller March 15, 2021
Jefferson crosses a line with Lynn. Meanwhile, Anissa shares some important news. Lastly, Tobias makes a surprising move.
7 "Painkiller" Bille Woodruff Salim Akil April 12, 2021
Khalil Payne is a young man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City, where, as a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller, he was both a member of Tobias Whale's gang and a weapon of Agent Odell and the shadowy ASA. After attempting to bury the darker, devastatingly lethal Painkiller part of his persona, Khalil has distanced himself away from everyone he knows and loves in a new city, Akashic Valley, in order to find peace... but peace never comes easy for men with pasts like Khalil Payne and Painkiller. As his violent, destructive history crashes his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrusted back into action with a new mission - bring justice where he once gave out punishment - but to do that, he will first have to deal with and harness his darker side, Painkiller.
8 "The Book of Ruin: Chapter Three" Bille Woodruff Andre Edmonds April 19, 2021
The FBI pays Jefferson a visit. Meanwhile, Anissa surprises Grace.
9 "The Book of Ruin: Chapter Four: Lyding" Keesha Sharp J. Allen Brown April 26, 2021
Gambi warns the Pierce family of a possible crisis looming.
10 "The Book of Reunification: Chapter One" Benny Boom Jamila Daniel May 3, 2021
Black Lightning sends Gambi an SOS. Meanwhile, Lynn finds herself in some serious trouble.
11 "The Book of Reunification: Chapter Two" Bille Woodruff Asheleigh Conley May 10, 2021
Jefferson takes Khalil up on his offer to help. Meanwhile, Lynn finds herself wrestling with what could be the biggest decision of her life. Lastly, Tobias follows through on a hunch.
12 "The Book of Resurrection: Chapter One"[5] Benny Boom[5] Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd[5] May 17, 2021[5]
Jefferson realizes that sometimes, an admission of weakness can be a show of strength. Meanwhile, Tobias is focusing on an end game.[5]
13[6] "The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure"[7] Salim Akil[7] Charles D. Holland[7] May 24, 2021[7]
After four seasons, the game-changing, relevant and electrifying series comes to an end.[7]


  • This is the first season to premiere in February.[4]
  • Despite being credited until "The Book of Ruin: Chapter One", China Anne McClain was originally going to depart after this season had the series been renewed for Season 5.[citation needed]
  • Season 4 marked the only season to feature new regular Chantal Thuy in addition to an updated title card.


Title cards

Promotional images



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