Penny Dreadful creator on that surprise ending, why there won't be a Season 4

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Jun 20, 2016, 3:59 PM EDT

If you’re a fan of Penny Dreadful, and you missed the season finale, you should probably go check it — we’ll wait, just hurry up.

Spoilers ahead for the Season 3/series finale of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful!

In a shocking move, Showtime wrapped up its cult hit supernatural series Penny Dreadful with the Season 3 finale this weekend, bringing the main storyline to a close (while leaving a few dangling) and even dropping a “The End” title card to make it clear. Series creator John Logan said that, as they mapped out the season, it became clear that Vanessa (Eva Green) would accept her death at Ethan’s (Josh Hartnett) hand in order to save the world...and that felt like the place to end the series, as well.

Here’s an excerpt from Logan’s breakdown of the finale via Entertainment Weekly:

“I knew well before David did, which is sort of midway through the second season, so two years ago. I was planning out the third season. Penny Dreadful is about many things, but for me it’s always been about one really simple thing, which is a woman’s journey of faith — a deeply religious woman who loses her God and then finds him again. I realized that’s where the third season was going to head. It was going to head to Vanessa sacrificing herself and reuniting with God. And that had to be the apotheosis for the character, the end of the character. I really thought about it deeply, because I love these characters so much, and I care about them so much, but it seemed that’s what had to happen. Anything other than that would be, for me, an act of bad faith, and the last thing I’d ever want to do is treat Vanessa Ives or Eva Green with anything less than completely good conscience and good faith. So I had the discussion with Eva, and then finally it just became apparent. I talked to David about it, and here we are.

Because Vanessa, like all characters that are interesting to me, is broken. She’s a cursed, dark creature, and she was never going to exist easily in Victorian society as a proper Victorian wife or matron or anything. There was always an exceptionality about her, most emphatically in the fact that she’d dwelt in the dark side, with both Dracula and the devil seeking her soul. The only peace she could possibly have was with God, and the way to commit to that was to give herself entirely to it. And it became a sacrifice that she had to enact for the good of mankind. It was a generous act that she did in dying and going to God, as well.”

it was certainly a shocking move to wrap the series up with little warning, but it’s also refreshing to see a creator get to tell the story he wanted to tell and end it when he was ready. Love it or hate it, the team told the story they wanted. 

What’d you make of the surprise finale? Love it, or hate it?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)