It’s official. As we initially reported weeks ago, ABC has cancelled Revenge after four seasons.
The soapy serial will not return for Season 5. The Revenge series finale will air May 10.
Executive producer Sunil Nayar confirmed the cancellation, telling EW:
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.”
Nayar says there were plans in place to continue into Season 5, but ultimately the decision was made to end (or rather cancel) the show:
“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.”
In truth, the LOST comparison is a bit wide of the mark. The Island mystery drama wasn’t cancelled, rather it wrangled an end date out of ABC seasons in advance, and still had the ratings that would have allowed for its continuation.
Whereas Revenge has lived on the bubble for a while and appeared to be running out of story, with the ‘series finale’ announced only weeks ahead of time.
Still, not many seriables survive four seasons on ABC, and while there will be “a little bit of a cliffhanger,” hopefully there will be enough satisfying closure for the show’s dedicated fans. Nayar believes there will be:
“There are epic emotional moments in the finale. There are really shocking things that happen in the finale. It’s a tricky thing because the fans are such passionate lovers of the show and we really want to give them what they want, but the hard part about a finale in a show like this is you want to give them some of what they want, some of what they don’t know they want yet and some of what they never expected, and it needs to be a perfect mix of all those things. I truly believe our finale is the perfect mix of all those three things. I think they’re going to be extremely satisfied.”