Fans of ABC hit Revenge will be seeing red today as news broke that the series will be coming to an end after its currently airing fourth season. Executive producer Sunil Nayar made the announcement via Entertainment Weekly, and he promises the show will be given a suitable send-off.
“We can officially tell our fans that this will be the end of the story. 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.”
Nayer went on to add that while the creative team had an idea about where the fifth season could go, he felt it was time to bring the series to an end.
“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. 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. 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.”
The signs that the end was near for Revenge started to emerge when one of the lead characters was killed off earlier this season. Nayer has a new show coming to ABC later this year with Kingmakers; many Revenge fans have speculated that the new series is a spin-off, but Nayer has made no confirmation. The final episode will be broadcast in the US on May 10.