10:10am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'DaVinci's Demons' to End With Third Season
It's the end of the road for Starz's DaVinci's Demons.
The premium cable network said Thursday that the previously announced third season of the drama will be its last.
The final season — which will be its first with new showrunner John Shiban — will return Oct. 24. The cabler announced in May 2014 that the series would return for a third run with the Hell on Wheels alum taking over for creator David Goyer. A 2015 return was always envisioned but it was unclear at the time if the season would be its last.
“The steadfast fans of Da Vinci’s Demons have been asking about the next installment of this story and we’re excited to roll it out. David Goyer brought us a plan to portray the unknown early years of a genius, and we think the fans will enjoy this final chapter which segues into the da Vinci that history knows. John Shiban has done a tremendous job of building on past seasons and by showing how da Vinci matures as his challenges grow,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik.
“While ending Leonardo’s journey is bittersweet for me, I'm happy we're ending the story on a high note," creator Goyer said. "Leonardo was famous for his mirror-writing, and there’s a symmetry to the entire series — between the first episode and the final one — that I think the maestro would have appreciated. I want to thank our dedicated fans around the world for viewing and engaging with such passion. I want to thank Starz for joining me on this crazy romp. And I want to thank [star] Tom Riley for turning in a consistently brilliant performance. It’s no small feat to portray a genius, but Tom did it with grace and humor. I hope everyone enjoys these final episodes as much as we enjoyed making them.”
For Starz, the decision to end the series comes as the cabler has found success with fantasy adaptation Outlander and plans to launch Ash vs. Evil Dead, the sequel to the original feature film with the original cast and producers attached. Demons was a solid performer for the cabler and became its first original scripted series to nab a third season following the success of Spartacus.