Fans of Showtime's gritty drama Ray Donovan were dealt a surprise shock today as the hit series won't be returning for season eight. Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, the series was already close to the endgame with Showtime’s Gary Levine commenting last month that "Ray Donovan was nearing the end of its run."

“I think Ray Donovan is nearing the end of its run. We always talked about seven or eight seasons. Nothing has been decided yet, but it’s fair to say it is nearing the end.”

Only a couple of weeks on from that statement, a decision has been made, and Ray Donovan has been officially cancelled. Here's what Showtime had to say in a statement released via Deadline. 

“After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime,” the network said in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”

Shortly after the season seven (and now series) finale, Liev Schreiber thanked fans for their support (via social media) asking them to reach out to Showtime if they wanted more episodes. The seventh season wasn't set up as a finale which has left fans unhappy with the lack of conclusion. To an insult to injury, season seven was left on something of a cliffhanger, one that will now be left hanging indefinitely. Fellow Showtime series Homeland is soon to start its final season which as it was developed this way will presumably offer plenty of closure for longterm fans. Sadly, Ray Donovan won't get a final season or TV movie to wrap up those hanging plot threads. 

After seven seasons, it does seem shortsighted of Showtime not to give the series a proper ending and suitable send-off.