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‘Penny Dreadful’ Will Not Return For Fourth Season

EW confirmed today that last night’s season finale of Penny Dreadful also marked the end of its life.

Beware of spoilers below:

Creator John Logan was the one who made the choice to end it here. The last moment of the episode even featured a screen with title card that read “THE END”. Main character Vanessa (Eva Green) dies at the end because of Ethan (Josh Hartnett) in order for the world to be saved.

Patrick Redmond/SHOWTIME
Patrick Redmond/SHOWTIME


“I realized that’s where the third season was going to head. It was going to head to Vanessa sacrificing herself and reuniting with God.” Logan told EW.

Showtime CEO David Nevins had this to say,

“I always knew it wasn’t going to be a really long-running show — John made that clear coming in. As he was laying out what he wanted to do this season, John came in and said, “This needs to be the end of Vanessa Ives. I know exactly how I want to end it. And when Vanessa Ives, when that character, is done, I think the show is done.” And I went through the usual stages of grief, of, “No, there’s lots of other great characters. You can keep going.” But eventually he persuaded me that that’s not the smart way to handle it, and that different shows have different rhythms and fit in different boxes, and that this was the right rhythm and the right box and the right ending. I told him, “You have to promise me that you’re going to make an incredibly satisfying ending.” And I think he really has.”

Penny Dreadful was a solid series! Will you miss it?

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