Boardwalk Empire ending after season 5

News Louisa Mellor 10 Jan 2014 - 06:53
Boardwalk Empire

HBO has confirmed that season 5 of Terence Winter's superlative Boardwalk Empire will be its last...

Boardwalk Empire, it's been confirmed, returns to HBO in September 2014 with what will be its fifth and final season.

Creator Terence Winter had this to say on the announcement: "After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”

It's regrettable for fans that Steve Buscemi-starring prohibition-era drama is bowing out after next year, especially after what was arguably the show's greatest season, but five is at least a decent run. It didn't do Breaking Bad any harm to say its goodbyes at that point.

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Whereas I normally would say 5 seasons is the perfect length for a series in this case there is more story to tell. Maybe it is possible to bring the Atlantic City story to a close while keeping alive the Capone and Luciano and Lanskey stories. Possibly a spin-off

I'm sad to see it go as it's a brilliant show that's strangely gone a bit under the radar since its premiere, but 5 seasons is probably about right. I'd rather they ended it the way the want to, a la Breaking Bad, than go on for season after season and get cancelled.

I couldn't agree more, for me its easily been one of the top 5 shows of the last 10 years, everything about it is superb from the writing to the production design, I really cant praise it enough and I find it amazing it doesn't get more attention. Looking forward to tomorrows season finale.

NOOOO!!! Come on! There's loads more to tell about these characters! Capone is only at the beginning of his reign! And Luciano en Lansky also have quite a few things to do. I definitely didn't see this coming. Then again maybe it's better to bow out on a high than to continue when the show's lost all it's juice like a certain serial killer themed show. Still I would've prefered to keep watching this show for a couple years more. But hey at least Game of Thrones isn't going anywhere. The chances of it being cancelled are practically nonen and to fully tell the story they'd need another 6 seasons or so. And of course there're loads of really interesting new shows this year such as The Strain and The Leftovers that will hopefully fill the gigantic hole that Boardwalk Empire lieft behind. And at least we get to enjoy it for one more year. You can be damned sure I will be glued to the screen come this fall.

Better to finish on a high than drag it out. I wish more shows did that.

Devastated, but hopefully it'll have a massive spike in viewership like breaking bad did for its 5th and final season and finally get some more appreciation

Balls. I've loved every minute of Boardwalk, it feels as though it's really just hit a stride, and has so much more to explore. If any series of late deserves a spin-off, its Boardwalk Empire.

Yup. They could easily end the Atlantic City aspect of the story and continue with Capone and Luciano/Lansky.

If only Dexter finished after 5 seasons... make that 4.

Although I agree that it is good Boardwalk Empire isn't going to outstay its welcome by ending early, I think six seasons would be a perfect number. Season 4 leaves a lot of major plot points open, but it's just that in its current state, I can't see all the plot points being closed in a single season. Basically in 12 episodes they need to end the stories of Nucky, Chalky, Van Alden, Eli, Narcisse, Eli's son (Willy), Margaret, Capone, Rothstein, Masseria and Luciano in a satisfactory way, and this will be especially difficult considering the last four are not fictional, and the actual ends to their stories take place long after the point Boardwalk Empire is currently at. I think they can pull it off, but I just can't see how.

They might make it a double length season. Or they might even fast forward a few years? Who knows. I have complete faith in their choices though

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