After months of rumours, Cinemax has confirmed that the upcoming fourth season of Banshee will be the show’s last. Talk that this was the final season has been circling ever since the network confirmed that only eight episodes had been ordered for season four, down from the ten episode orders Banshee received for its first three seasons.
“Banshee is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax”, said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not be disappointed in Banshee‘s final season.”
From Jonathan Tropper & David Schickler, Banshee follows Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. The drama series stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee. The final season of Banshee will premiere on Cinemax in early 2016.
“Banshee has been an incredible ride, and we continue to break new ground in season four. While we certainly considered returning for a fifth season, I always said that when the story was told, it would be time to move on, and that time has come”, added Jonathan Tropper. “I am grateful to Cinemax for making Banshee the great success it has been and for supporting our creative decision to wrap things up.”
The decision to retire Banshee comes at a critical time for Cinemax. The network is already saying goodbye to Strike Back, which put them on the map when it comes it scripted drama, and Banshee is the first truly original Cinemax series to come to an end (Strike Back is a UK co-pro). Still, execs believe the network is in rude shape with two high-profile projects in the pipeline: Outcast, from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman; and 1970s noir series Quarry.