It appears Emily’s infamous red Sharpie has run dry. Many fans felt it was coming after Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) was blown to bits a couple of episodes ago, but were still hopeful. The powers-that-be squashed their hopes today by confirming the show’s cancellation via Entertainment Weekly.
After four seasons, Revenge will air its last episode on Sunday, May 10. The ABC drama made a splash during its freshman series, premiering to 10 million viewers. Once it shifted to Sundays, the viewership declined. A recent episode only garnered 4.45 million eyeballs.
Showrunner Sunil Nayar revealed they delivered a pitch on what direction Revenge would take in Season 5 after Victoria’s death, but both parties decided it was the perfect time to end the series after viewing the Season 4 finale, which is now the series finale titled. Will Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke meet her untimely death as well given that the title of the episode is “Two Graves?” Check out Nayar’s statement to EW.com below.
“We can officially tell our fans that this will be the end of the story,” executive producer Nayar tells EW. “We’ve been talking to the network and we all just wanted to make sure that we felt very confident. Now that everybody has seen the finale—which is fabulous—everybody understands that as much as we all adore the show, it has hit exactly the mark it needed to to end. This is the series finale of Revenge that will be airing in a couple weeks.”
“We certainly had a pitch of how the show could go on, but this is why I feel so grateful to the studio and the network because they also erred on the side of creativity,” Nayar says. “The show is still popular, it’s loved worldwide. I can see why all the arguments from even an economic standpoint to maybe keep it going, but at the end of the day—kind of like they had with Lost—they support creativity above all. They really got the sense with us as their partners that we all came up with a great way to end these stories.”
“There’s a tiny little cliffhanger in the series finale,” he says. “We don’t want people to get weary of the stories we’re telling, so we felt like they deserve an ending to this novel that Mike Kelley started four years ago. I really feel like the last couple chapters are worthy of the first many.”
Ewwww a tiny cliffhanger? That sucks. This might be seen as good news though for those hoping ABC picks up the pilot The Kingmakers which is rumored to be a Revenge spinoff.
The first season was sensational but like many shows it suffered the dreaded sophomore slump. It picked things up quite nicely during Season 3 but the damaged had already been done. The current one has had its moment, but been mostly slow. Will you miss Revenge? Weigh in below.