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.