That’s the view of EP’s Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, who tell IGN the sci-fi drama’s fifth and final season will deliver closure while leaving the possibility of an eventual reboot open:
So let’s talk about how the decision was made to write toward a definitive ending. Did you know Season 5 was going to be the final run for the show? Or did you just suspect it might be the end so it was best to just steer the story in that direction?
Jonathan Nolan: One of the great advantages for me, with this show, was being able to collaborate for five years now with the great Greg Plageman, who knew an awful lot more than I did about the TV business when we started. And who’s been an incredible partner to me since the beginning. And so when we got to this moment, Greg, as he often has over the years, gently laid it out for me. You know, I’ve been in the film business which is a lot different in many ways. In the TV business, you have to read the tea leaves a little bit more. It’s not always as direct. And Greg and I deduced that this was probably the end of the road. So rather than try to hedge our bets, or vamp for a possible sixth season, we decided to land the plane. And do it in such a way that should CBS, Warners or us want to, they could pick up the story and carry it forward. So it’s not about a cataclysm at the end. But it is about ending the story.
Greg Plageman: Once we saw the reduced episode order, we took that as writing on the wall, really. And rather than write some ending where we tread water with some bizarre finale where you don’t know if the show will come back or if we’ll be back the next year with only a few episodes, we were like “Screw that. Let’s give it a satisfying ending.” Let’s make it as exciting and explosive as possible. And then we’ll drop the mic. And then walk away from it. And then some day, who knows?
You can read the full article at IGN, where Plageman also discusses the show’s evolution from semi-seriable to serialized monster.