Cancelled after three seasons, Bloodline will end well short of its envisaged five-six season arc.
As a result, EP Todd A. Kessler tells Variety that key elements from Seasons 4, 5 and 6 have been condensed into the final third chapter, but believes it will still be “emotionally satisfying”:
When we had conceived the show, we had thought of it as a five or six-season arc. After coming off “Damages” which we had run for five seasons, we didn’t want to enter into another series unless it had the potential to run that long, because it allows for us to have much more depth of story and character. When we sold it to Netflix, that was the idea, that it would run in success for five or six seasons. And when we got the call, that they wanted us to end the Rayburns’ story after three seasons, it just meant looking at our notes for what we had planned for seasons four and five and six, and figuring out what we could pull and combine in order to make the most entertaining and emotionally satisfying and fulfilling story that we could.
As with everything, ideally in any of storytelling, there’s always more than what you have the time to put on the screen. This was just one of those cases. We’re very excited about this third season. And also the way it concludes. It will give the fans of the show a very fulfilling and emotional experience that continues to deepen the characters that they’ve spent 33 episodes with.
The third and final season of Bloodline releases May 26, 2017 on Netflix.