Showtime, the network responsible for such mind-bending and risque hits as Dexter, Ray Donovan, House of Lies, and Shameless, has revealed to their audiences that their gothic-horror series, Penny Dreadful, will unfortunately not be returning for a fourth season in 2017. Before I continue, SPOILERS AHEAD
The series, which stars an incredible ensemble cast with the likes of Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, and Josh Hartnett, has been a delicious treat for audiences since it first aired in 2014. Above all else, it showcased the incredible talents of Eva Green, who's since become quite the dark darling of modern Hollywood. With her increasingly busy schedule, it seems reasonable to assume she would want to depart the series on the best of terms.
Penny Dreadful creator, John Logan, released this statement following the conclusion of the third season Sunday night,
“I created Penny Dreadful to tell the story of a woman grappling with her faith, and with the demons inside her. For me the character of Vanessa Ives is the heart of this series. From the beginning, I imagined her story would unfold over a three-season arc, ending with Vanessa finally – and triumphantly – finding peace as she returns to her faith. To have had fans that have embraced us so passionately has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my career. This has been a very personal project for me and I will be forever grateful to have worked with the incredible cast led by Eva, Josh and Tim, our amazing Irish crew, and with our wonderful partners at Showtime and Sky.”
Logan also posted a video farewell to fans, explaining that he always intended to conclude the series with three seasons.
Although Penny Dreadful wasn't exactly bringing in Game of Thrones type numbers, it still developed a rabid and dedicated fan base over the past three years, many of which who were dearly depressed when they found out that Sunday's finale was the final episode ever. And boy did it go out with a bang. Bringing the gang, with newcomers like the spectacular Patti Lupone, alltogether to defeat the immortal Dracula, was nothing short of what will surely become a TV legend.
While I grant it wasn't the best at times, it certainly managed to to hold my attention for three years, oftentimes bringing about disappointment when the seasons concluded with a meager nine or ten episodes. And while I will undoubtedly miss the gothic series, I'm eternally grateful to Showtime for giving the show the ability to go out on its own terms and leave the audiences with an ending, that maybe wasn't expected, told a complete story that viewers will be able to cherish for many years to come.