If John had never broached the idea of ending the show, David, were you prepared to have a season four or beyond of “Penny Dreadful”?
Showtime president David Nevins: Absolutely. On its own merits this show would absolutely keep going if there wasn’t a creative reason to be done now.
But you knew this was the final season going into it, right? Can you talk about that?
Nevins: We deliberately made the decision not to announce going into season three this was the final season, because given where we knew the season was ending, that would have been a massive spoiler. It would not have felt like the right way to handle this show. If it had been a more conventional show, I think I would have given a little more warning to the audience. But it felt like, in this case, that was the obvious move, but not the bold move.
Source and more: Variety
Showtime is ending Episodes, House of Lies and now Penny Dreadful. Was there any conversation about a fourth season or some sort of spinoff to keep the franchise alive?
Nevins: John and I talked about various possibilities. But it didn’t go for long. He was resolute that this is the right time. [As for spinoffs], anything is possible at any time. We’re staying close to John [who has an overall deal with Showtime] — he’s deep into Just Kids with Patti Smith, which is going to be amazing. It’s going to be really singular and an interesting relationship with two great characters at the center of it. That’s where TV is. Fortunately we have a very strong core of shows. Penny Dreadful will be missed but our core is strong and the things that are upcoming are strong. And John is going to be a big part of it. We’ll be his television home for a long time.
Source and more: THR