WARNING: You can infer a few spoilers for the series finale in this article. Trust me, I know. Damn it.
And I am, in fact, really surprised – there wasn’t the slightest hint beforehand that this was the case. Normally series finales, when they’re not a result of a surprise cancellation, are advertised well in advance in order to drum up excitement among fans and lure back those who’ve stopped watching for whatever reason.
And I’m one of the latter I’m sad to say, especially since I thoroughly enjoyed season one of the gothic horror series, but just haven’t gotten around to even starting season two yet. Something I will remedy as Penny Dreadful has delivered another surprise: it’s a premium cable show that hasn’t overstayed its welcome and has a definitive end – another rarity.
Series creator John Logan released this brief statement following the two-hour season 3, and now series, finale that aired on Sunday:
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.
John Logan isn’t lost to Showtime though, as he’s been tapped (via Collider) to create a limited series based on punk-rocker Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir, ‘Just Kids’.
Penny Dreadful was my new show of the year when it was first aired in 2014 – an amazingly talented cast starring the likes of Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway and many more was combined with twisted gothic horror and wrapped in an incredibly detailed Victorian aesthetic. Eva Green’s performance in that seance scene literally made me hold my breath.
I’m sad to hear that it’s come to an end, but also very glad that it’s managed to go out on its own terms.
What do you think?
And if you’ve managed to make is this far, here’s one image from the finale to say goodbye:
Last Updated: June 21, 2016