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The Last Sharknado: It's About Time's ending has been written since Sharknado 4

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Jul 20, 2018, 10:35 PM EDT

After becoming a worldwide phenomenon of hammy schlock, it’s finally time for the Sharknado series to hang up its chainsaw and leave those one-liners in the drafts folder. With The Last Sharknado: It's About Time’s time-travelling storyline looking to save the planet from the shark hell it’s found itself in, there’s nothing left but to go out with a bang -- even if that bang had a premature debut at the Z Nation panel the day before.

The SYFY original movies are some of the most adept at not taking themselves too seriously, so even with their punny subtitles and forced ruggedness, fans know exactly what they’re getting into. Now, after attending the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, we know more than ever about how the film series that never should have been will end.

Longtime cast members Ian Ziering, Tara Reid (who confirms her character lives through the end), and Cassie Scerbo were joined by new star Alaska (who plays an evil sorceress) and Jonathan Bennett (who plays Billy the Kid) alongside director Anthony C. Ferrante, as they spilled details on the upcoming franchise finale.

Ferrante said that the film will wrap up every loose end that the fans had seen for the past half decade. The victory lap is without mystery, ends like a TV show, and is filled with callbacks, including a location from the first film and an ending that Ferrante "knew two movies ago."

Speaking of two movies ago, Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood were cited as actors that have been dream cameos for years, but just didn't work out. A chainsaw shooter and a double-bladed chainsaw were pursued, but never completed or feasible/affordable for the series. And the past wasn't the only thing being explored at this panel -- though they did show footage of Ziering killing a Sharknado with Revolutionary War cannons (alongside Ben Franklin) in a fireworks spectacular culminating with the dialogue "God bless America."

The filmmakers confirmed that the movie will move forward and backwards through time, hitting medieval times and those of the American Revolution, the Wild West, and far back enough for the cast to ride a pterodactyl when The Last Sharknado: It's About Time goes on one final, cyclonic ride on Aug. 19.

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