HBO is gearing up for it’s slew of television show premieres this weekend and as a result, they’re pumping us all full of information about shows that aren’t yet currently on the air or shows that have just ended. The network announced the official return date for Game of Thrones, but it also announced the end of another beloved show.
Boardwalk Empire, which was rumored to be ending soon, has been been confirmed as being pulled from HBO’s lineup effective after the fifth season of the show. That means that the upcoming season this fall will be the final season for the show on the network.
Series creator Terrence Winter released a statement on the end of the show, which is sooner than we all thought it would be.
“After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”
HBO likely didn’t push the show out, as the rating have been solid and the show has a huge following. But as we’re seeing more and more, popular shows are starting to realize their shelf life before fans do. That’s the way it should have always been, as shows tend to stay on far after they’ve expired creatively (looking directly at you, Lost). AMC bid farewell to Breaking Bad after five seasons this past year and will be saying goodbye to Mad Men as well.
The fifth and final season for Boardwalk Empire means we will have a fitting ending that the creative minds behind the series are satisfied with. When a show goes out on its own terms, that’s usually always the best for everyone and thus is the case for this HBO gem.