It's Official: 'Boardwalk Empire's Fifth Season Will Be Its Last

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire


Prohibition has to end...even on TV, apparently. Though most of today has centered around the continuation — or, at least, potential renewal — of various beloved shows, HBO dished out some rather grave news to 'Boardwalk Empire' fans earlier today, announcing that the upcoming fifth season of the renowned period drama will be its last.

The network made the announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, alongside series creator Terence Winter, who confirmed the tragic news.

“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of 'Boardwalk Empire,' Winter said in a statement. "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.”

The president of programming at HBO, Michael Lombardo, offered praise to Winter's work with the show and assured critics that the Emmy-winning series would definitely have a strong conclusion. “It has been an incredible honor to bring this powerful and groundbreaking series to our subscribers,” Lombardo said. “Terry Winter has created one for the ages.” There's no arguing with that.

But it wasn't all bad news at the TCAs. HBO also announced the premiere dates for several of its popular hit series, including 'Game of Thrones' and 'Veep.'

'Boardwalk Empire's fifth and final season will premiere this fall.

- Boardwalk Empire
- Steve Buscemi
- Terence Winter

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Jan 9th, 2014, 6:09 pm

Images courtesy of HBO


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Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2014, 7:08 am

Breaking Bad is a great example of knowing when to get out. Dexter is a great example of a show that should have ended sooner


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Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2014, 7:07 am

I didn't think Season 4 was the strongest, but it was still miles better than 90% of the stuff on TV today. For me Season 3 was the best one. I'll be gutted to see it end this year, but like wynn said, I like to see shows know when to call it a day, rather than drag on and lose quality


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Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2014, 6:02 am

Hm funny, felt quite the opposite here. Think the fourth season was even better than the previous three.


I do feel however that it's always important for a show to end on a high though, and Boardwalk is definitely there with its amazing standards throughout four seasons. So looking very much forward to the fifth and last season! :)


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Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2014, 6:31 pm

I have to say i thought the 4th season wasnt up  to the high standards of the first 3 s maybe the time is right to bring it to a close,i'll miss it though.

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