Everything dies baby, that’s a fact. HBO has confirmed that Boardwalk Empire will end its run after five seasons, Entertainment Weekly reports. HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo made the announcement at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday.
“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire,” added writer and creator Terence Winter in a statement, “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.”
Thankfully, the Prohibition-era period drama, which stars Steve Buscemi as corrupt Atlantic City politician and gangster “Nucky” Thompson, appears to be ending on its own terms. Despite dipping in ratings in recent years, the show has been an awards darling since its inception.
Hopefully Mickey Doyle will get his own half-hour spinoff, just like another popular criminal-empire drama that ended after its fifth season, called Tricky Mickey that stars Paul Sparks comically scamming his way through the Great Depression. Who wouldn’t love that?