“Boardwalk Empire” is coming to an end sadly. HBO has officially confirmed that the upcoming fifth season will be the shows last.
Ratings, however, are not the reason for the ending. “Boardwalk Empire,” ranks behind Game of Thrones and True Blood in the network’s roster of most watched programs. It has also been a consistent awards show favorite. Though it was snubbed for best series (along with lead Steve Buscemi) at the 2013 Emmys, it still scored more wins than any other scripted television program — including an acting nod for supporting actor Bobby Cannavale.
Programming president Michael Lombardo said,
“It has been an incredible honor to bring this powerful and groundbreaking series to our subscribers. Terry Winter has created one for the ages.”
Winter has a long-standing relationship with HBO since his time writing for “The Sopranos.” He premiered “Boardwalk Empire” back in 2010.
“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire,” said Winter. “After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”
Boardwalk Empire returns in the fall.