Warning: This article contains spoilers from Penny Dreadful‘s series finale on Sunday night.
Well, that’s all, folks. Turns out the ominous “The End” that showed up on screens after the Penny Dreadful Season 3 finale last night meant more than just the end of the episode. In fact, Showtime has announced that the fan favorite supernatural thriller is done for good.
The announcement was abrupt and somewhat unexpected, and fans are still wincing at the pain of the Band-Aid being pulled off rather quickly.
As disappointing as the cancellation is, however, it wasn’t brought on by the network, but rather John Logan, the show’s creator, writer and executive producer, who purposely angled the show around Vanessa Ives and intended for her to die as she did around this time all along.
“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,” Logan’s statement said in a June 20 Showtime press release. “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 even pointed out to Variety that skyrocketing ratings or a huge buzz around Penny Dreadful wouldn’t have kept it from coming to an end.
“Some poems are meant to be haikus [sic], some are meant to be sonnets and some are meant to be tone poems,” Logan said to Variety. “And this was meant to be a sonnet. It just feels right to me.”
But before you get too angry at Logan and the rest of the Penny Dreadful crew for their decision to pull the plug on the show, take solace in this: They went out with a bang, rather than a whimper. All too often, shows don’t know how to bow out gracefully, and ruin their legacy forever.