SPOILER ALERT – The following article contains spoilers about the third season finale of Penny Dreadful, which some readers may wish to avoid.
It’s the end of the road for Penny Dreadful.
The gothic thriller from John Logan will not be returning for a fourth season, TVWise has confirmed. The third season finale, which aired last night on Showtime in the US and will premiere on Sky Atlantic in the UK on Tuesday June 21st, will now serve as the series finale.
The decision to bring the show, which is a Showtime/Sky Atlantic co-production, to a close was made by series creator John Logan, after he made the decision to kill of lead character Vanessa Ives, played by Eva Green, in the season three finale. He also noted that he always envisioned the series as having a three-season arc.
Created by John Logan, Penny Dreadful sees some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series is produced by Neal Street Productions and stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Reeve Carney, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory, Danny Sapani and Simon Russell Beale.
“I created Penny Dreadful to tell the story of woman grappling with her faith, and with the demons inside her. For me the character of Vanessa Ives is the heart of this series”, John Logan said in a statement. “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.”
“John Logan deftly created a truly beautiful, brilliantly-written, epic drama series that has drawn a passionate fanbase to our network. After three fulfilling seasons, John has told the story he set out to tell and brought the series to a close in an incredibly poetic way”, commented Showtime President David Nevins. “It has been an honor to work with him and this amazingly talented cast, and we’re thrilled that we can continue to work with John as he transitions to write and produce his next project for us, Just Kids, alongside Patti Smith. Together with our partners at Sky, we celebrate John’s vision and the thrilling finale of Penny Dreadful.”
While Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah added: “Penny Dreadful brought Sky and Showtime together to produce a show involving the best film, TV and theatre talent in the world. John Logan’s wonderful vision of Victorian London has been perfectly realised over the last three seasons building a passionate fanbase. The bar has been set high and we cannot wait to work with all of our production partners again in the near future.”