Season Five is the fifth season of Voltron: Legendary Defender and contains six episodes. The season does not have a corresponding Comic nor a released soundtrack.
Season five's air date was announced unofficially as March 2, 2018 by the official Voltron Instagram account: the social media event entailed voting in an Instagram story poll for whether Lotor was a friend or foe; the date was visible on the background image and promotional image used on Instagram, but not on the Facebook post or tweet advertising the poll. Voice actors of the series began confirming the date with official posts shortly afterward. The trailer for the season was released on Valentine's Day 2018.
Its first episode, The Prisoner, premiered at Emerald City Comic Con 2018 within six hours prior to the season's public release on Netflix.
Originally produced as a longer season containing Season Six, the episodes were split into two seasons on the request of Netflix in order to release Voltron content more often.
This season marks the first Legendary Defender event held at Emerald City Comic Con, revealed through cryptic images posted to all Voltron social media accounts. These included an image of rain, coffee, and an emerald. Finally, a video of Josh Keaton confirming the convention appearance was posted and Emerald City Comic Con revealed the event details.
The poster for Emerald City Comic Con was created by design supervisor Christine Bian, who is native to Seattle.
The finalized results of the poll for fan opinion on Lotor was that 59% voted for friend, 41% for foe.
The official press release gave a more detailed and spoiling summary of the season: "Shocked by Prince Lotor coming to their rescue in the fight against the evil witch Haggar, the Paladins struggle with whether or not they can really trust him. Though suspicious, Team Voltron is able to liberate more rebels with the aid of Lotor’s intel. Just as things start to look hopeful, Zarkon strikes, resulting in a shocking chain of events."
Upon watching all the end credits of White Lion on Netflix, a teaser for Season Six automatically played and confirmed its release date as June 15, 2018, although the video featured no new content.