Starz's 'Black Sails' to End With Season 4

Black Sails Episodic Captain Flint Toby Stephens - H 2014

Black Sails Episodic Captain Flint Toby Stephens - H 2014

The end of the road for Black Sails is in sight.

Starz on Wednesday announced that the previously announced fourth season of the pirate drama Treasure Island prequel series will be its last. The series will return with a 10-episode fourth and final season in 2017.

"It's a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we've enjoyed on this show over the last four years," co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg said in a statement. "While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn't imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island."

The first three seasons have averaged 3.6 million viewers when factoring in DVR and multiplatform viewers. Black Sails is distributed in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world and scored Emmys for visual effects and sound editing. The series, which stars Toby Stephens, is executive produced by Michael Bay, Steinberg (Jericho) and Robert Levine (Touch).

"Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, along with their crew and the phenomenal cast, have delivered a spectacular take on the most legendary pirate story in literature, and this final season will bring us to the shores of Treasure Island as was always intended,” said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “Black Sails has been a tremendous success; from the loyal fan following and strong viewership numbers to awards recognition and the skill of our world-class production in Cape Town, we could not be more proud of this very special series.”

For Starz, the decision to wrap Black Sails with season four comes as the premium cable network has shifted its programming from its former Saturday perch to Sundays in a bid to compete with HBO and Showtime and be part of the critical conversation. The first series to launch on Sundays was Power, which returned this month to notch a network ratings mark before scoring a two-season renewal.

As for the remainder of Starz's originals, the slate includes Blunt Talk, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Missing, The One Percent, Outlander, Survivor's Remorse and the highly anticipated Bryan Fuller take on Neil Gaiman's American Gods. The news comes after the cabler recently wrapped fellow period drama Da Vinci's Demons after a three-season run.