Fans of the Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful likely tuned into last night’s two-hour Season 3 finale with a significant degree of anticipation, but they had no idea they were actually about to witness the last episode of Penny Dreadful ever. Indeed, the Season 3 finale ended with a major character death and a title card that read “The End,” and today creator/showrunner John Logan released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
Penny Dreadful has been one of those shows on my “to-watch” list for a while now, and the creative response to the Eva Green-fronted series has certainly been promising. Showtime was happy with the show’s performance as they’ve already set Logan to spearhead another project for the network, a limited series adaptation of Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids.
It’s kind of amazing that Logan and Showtime were able to keep the nature of the Penny Dreadful Season 3 finale under wraps, and I’m curious how fans feel about not knowing they were witnessing the series finale. Did it help manage expectations? Did you feel cheated out of a Season 4? Sound off in the comments below after checking out Logan’s special message to fans and a look back at all three seasons.