Season 5 is the fifth season of Steven Universe. There are currently 26 planned episodes in the season. The season began airing on May 29, 2017, with the episode "Stuck Together" as a part of the "Wanted" event. It was announced on October 30, 2017, that six episodes would be released on the Cartoon Network app on November 10, 2017. A special event aired on January 5, 2018, titled "Stranded" which aired two new episodes. On March 26, 2018, 4 episodes were pre-released in the Cartoon Network app and would be followed by a half-hour special comprising of 2 episodes on May 7, 2018. After the airing of the two episodes on May 7, a promo announced that new episodes would be released in the summer. On June 8, 2018, it was stated that a return date for the show will be announced in two weeks. On June 18, 2018, Cartoon Network's YouTube channel released a trailer for the next five-episode arc, "Heart of the Crystal Gems," and confirmation to air on July 2, 2018.
Friendships are tested as the saga continues in this Emmy-nominated series, created by Rebecca Sugar. The show returns with new adventurous story arcs and specials, in which fans will meet more Gems, spend time with the Diamonds and gain insight into the ever-mysterious Gem Homeworld while the series' titular hero Steven Universe will grow as a leader.
"Off Colors": While Steven and Lars escape, they meet a group of defective Gems hiding from Homeworld.
"Lars' Head": Lars is brought back to life, and Steven discovers a new power with amazing results.
"Dewey Wins": Steven and Connie fall out over his surrender to Homeworld, and Steven helps Mayor Dewey run for re-election as Mayor of Beach City against Nanefua Pizza.
"Gemcation": As Steven struggles to deal with his and Connie's estrangement, Greg and the Gems, thinking that Steven is upset about what happened in space, take him on a vacation to cheer him up.
"Raising the Barn": After finding out that Steven faced the Diamonds, Lapis Lazuli flees from the Earth and takes the Barn with her to avoid another war. Meanwhile, Steven and Peridot search for Pumpkin, who goes missing.
"Back to the Kindergarten": Steven and Amethyst try to spruce up the Prime Kindergarten and cheer up Peridot by planting a garden there.
"Sadie Killer": Sadie joins a band with Steven, Jenny, Buck Dewey, and Sour Cream and makes some spooky tunes.
"Kevin Party": Kevin throws a party, hoping that he can be seen hanging out with Stevonnie. As such, he invites Steven and Connie, allowing them to reunite and reconcile.
"Lars of the Stars": Steven and Connie travel to visit Lars only to find he's now captain of the Off Colors and is fighting his way to Earth. In an attempt to help, they fuse into Stevonnie and fly Lars' custom-built starfighter, only to be shot down.
"Jungle Moon": Stevonnie crashes on to a jungle moon where they fight for survival and uncover new secrets about Pink Diamond.
"Your Mother and Mine": Garnet is introduced to the Off Colors and tells them the full story of Rose Quartz and the Gem War.
"The Big Show": Sadie Killer and the Suspects book their first big gig in Empire City, which is recorded by Steven.
"Pool Hopping": Garnet tries random activities to cope with her faltering ability to predict the future.
"Letters to Lars": Steven sends Lars a letter updating him about the latest changes in Beach City; one of said changes involves Bill Dewey looking for a new purpose, culminating in him ultimately running the Big Donut in Lars and Sadie's absence.
"Can't Go Back": Steven finds Lapis on the moon and finds out that she has been watching the Crystal Gems from a Diamond viewing device in the Moon Base. Steven has a vision of the Diamonds, causing Lapis to flee the moon and leave forever.
"A Single Pale Rose": Pearl sends Steven into her gemstone to find her cell phone she misplaced inside. In doing so, Steven witnesses Pearl's repressed memories showcasing Pink Diamond's death and identity.
It was originally formatted as part of a single 52-episode season and was going to be called "Season 3B", but this was changed for unknown reasons by Cartoon Network who split the original third season into Season 4 and Season 5.
In a spring 2017 interview, Rebecca Sugar confirmed that she had big plans for Season 5 and would be "shooting for the moon" for it.
According to Rebecca Sugar in a summer 2017 interview, Season 5's story arc would be a "murder mystery" around uncovering the one responsible for Pink Diamond's death.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Rebecca Sugar has stated that the following plot threads will deal with the fallout of the "Wanted" event.
At New York Comic-Con 2017, "Dewey Wins" was confirmed by the Steven Universe panel to be the next new episode after "Lars' Head". It was uploaded to the Cartoon Network app on November 10, 2017, along with 5 other episodes. According to Cartoon Network, the episodes will air on the channel "beginning in December". It was confirmed on October 18, 2017, that the official airdate is December 15, 2017.
It was confirmed on March 10, 2018 that Steven Universe would be returning in 2018 with three all-new, action-packed story arcs, with the first arc premiering on April 9, 2018.
Season 5 promotional poster for San Diego Comic-Con 2017
↑ToonZone News: "Callison asked what was on everyone’s mind to Sugar: “What comes next?” Sugar said in lieu of the huge events of the recent episodes, subsequent plot threads will deal with the fallout and huge consequences from everything that’s happened, and that the rollercoaster of events just rockets forward from there."