The Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful ended its three-season run last night with a surprise series finale.
Series creator and show runner John Logan confirmed the news in an interview with Deadline saying: “I can absolutely confirm it is really over, the end — that’s all she wrote.”
Showtime Planned for Only Three Seasons
The Emmy-nominated drama capped off its run with a two-hour series finale that concluded with a title card that read “The End,” sparking fans to speculate on the show’s future. Viewers were surprised to learn they were watching the last episode of Penny Dreadful to ever be made. Logan, on the other hand, always intended the Eva Green-fronted series to run only three seasons.
In a video statement on the Penny Dreadful YouTube channel, Logan thanked the series’ cast, crew and fans for their support while making it known he told the story he set out to tell.
It’s not very often a successful series gets to end on its own terms. Usually with success comes renewal. There has been a trend lately, however, with showrunners choosing to end their series on a high note rather than waiting for audience fatigue to set in or the writing to become stale. Vince Gilligan closed out Walter White’s story in Breaking Bad while it was still adored by both critics and viewers alike, and Game of Thrones is looking to do the same.
Penny Dreadful Spinoffs Still Possible
Showtime President David Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter there were conversations about continuing the series into season four, but it wasn’t in the cards.
“John and I talked about various possibilities,” Nevins said. “But it didn’t go for long. He was resolute that this is the right time. (As for spinoffs), anything is possible at any time.”
Although there is no chance for another season of Penny Dreadful, Nevins’ comments about potential spinoffs should give fans something to hope for. In the meantime, if you’re looking to revisit the world created by Logan, Titan Comics has released a prequel comic exploring Green’s Vanessa Ives.