Da Vinci’s Demons hopes of Season 4 were vanquished when Starz cancelled the fantasy drama and put its entire third season on binge-release from Oct. 24.
However, with Season 3 originally open-ended, the late cancellation has led to reshoots to wrap up the story and give fans closure, lead actor Tom Riley told Digital Spy:
“It was always the most ambitious finale we’ve ever done. It goes out with a bang – it’s huge and expensive, so it would’ve always been great. But now we’ve just added the icing on the cake, to make it feel like more of an end.”
New scenes dotted in throughout the final 10 episodes will help to bring the stories of Leonardo and friends to a ‘satisfying’ conclusion, Riley vows:
“It’ll be as minimally open-ended as we can make it. It was time to end it and we’ve done it in a way we’re really satisfied with. We manage to close off most of the storylines, and give all the lead characters a satisfying ending, so people will be pleased.”
According to Riley, the final season is the best of the series, and says the higher level owes much to showrunner John Shiban, who oversaw the final episodes:
“John was fighting for character the entire time. It just made for far more interesting, grounded scripts than we’ve ever had before. So we’re working off our best scripts easily this season.
We were aware of the show’s flaws, and people who ran the show were aware of what hadn’t quite worked. But because you’re so entrenched in it, it’s very difficult to see how to fix it from within. So we owe a great deal to John for this season’s success.”