Will Dre Move Out on 'Black-ish' Season 4 Finale?

ABC sitcom Black-ish prepares to continue its road down a more serious path in its season finale Tuesday, as the promotional trailer suggests Dre plans to move out.

Toward the end of Season 4, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) hit a rough patch in their marriage. The fictional couple—who've been married for 20 years—doesn't intend to divorce as of now, making that abundantly clear to their children. They've instead suggested they "need more than just space," a conclusion they came to by the end of the May 8 episode "Collateral Damage." However, in "Dream Home" Tuesday, Dre appears to debate whether to lease his trendy and modern dream home in the canyon—a house Bow doesn't deem suitable for their children.

"Dre and Bow are living separate lives and switching off with the kids," ABC said in a press release. "They start to realize how much they relied on each other and how hard it is being on their own."

In the episode's promo, viewers get a sneak peek into new lives. Bow questions whether Dre's serious about leasing the modernized house, but he raises a more important query: "Do you want me to stay?" Naturally, for suspense purposes, fans don't get more insight than this.

Dre and Bow's marital woes were inspired by creator Kenya Barris' real-life relationship with wife Rainbow Barris. Since the storyline is portrayed from a male perspective on Black-ish, Barris' wife wanted to share her side of the narrative in a book titled, Keeping Up With the Johnsons.

"Mine is the truth and it's right! Black-ish tells so much of our life, but it's told from a male perspective," Rainbow told Black Enterprise Sunday. "The situations are the same, but the narrator really does control how that situation is received. In my telling of the story, I probably focus more on the kids and things around me, not as much on myself—which is what we do, as women."

The fate of Dre and Bow's relationship status remains uncertain, but the currently steady marriage between the Barris's may be an indication as to what the future has in store for their fictional counterparts. If the couple's marital issues don't resolve within the Season 4 finale, fans will likely see the duo's relationship further explored in the acclaimed family comedy's upcoming fifth season.

Black-ish airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. 

blackish, dre, bow Anthony Anderson is pictured as Dre Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as Bow Johnson in a still for the "Black-ish" Season 4 finale airing May 15, 2018. In this episode, the couple are living separate lives. ABC/Ron Tom

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