Creator John Logan and Showtime’s David Nevins on the Decision to End ‘Penny Dreadful’

Creator John Logan and Showtime’s David Nevins on the Decision to End ‘Penny Dreadful’

Again, a massive spoiler here. Don’t read if you didn’t watch all the 27 episodes of Penny Dreadfull.

Logan: This is a show about Vanessa Ives and her struggle with faith — how one woman grapples with God and the devil. Midway through the second season, when we were filming it —so about two years ago— I realized where we were heading. A woman who loses her faith in the second season, she has to grasp her way back. What that would take? To me, that was an apotheosis — she would find peace finally with God. I realized that’s where the show was heading, and so I talked to Eva about it and then I talked to David.

There was no doubt in your mind that it had to end?

Logan: No doubt in my mind. Eva Green really is my muse, and I set out to write a story about a very complicated character that I love deeply. She represents so much of what I am, what I hope to be, what I fear I am. I’m deeply invested in that character. Then I met an artist, Eva Green, who inspired me more than any actor I’ve ever worked with before, and that became the show for me. To continue it past Vanessa’s death would be, for me, an act of bad faith.Two words appeared on the screen at the end of “The Blessed Dark,” the season three finale of the Victorian horror series “ Penny Dreadful ”: “The End.” As it turns out, the season finale of the Showtime drama (which was recapped here ) was also its series finale. […]

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