Penny Dreadful has been cancelled after three seasons, the show’s official Youtube account, which has posted two videos proclaiming “The End” and thanking “Dreadfuls for three wonderful years,” has confirmed:
The cancellation of Penny Dreadful comes despite previous plans for Season 4.
Further confirming the show’s demise, Showtime president David Nevins told THR:
“John has decided the show really, at its core, has always been Vanessa Ives. John has said three seasons is enough and I think it’s really interesting that we live in this world where the every show can have its own rhythm and create its own destiny. This is a case of your creator says this is the best thing for the show and eventually you just say OK, do it, just do it well.”
As there was no advance warning that Season 3 was going to be the last in the series, Penny Dreadful has to be marked down as a victory for the reaper and a ‘cancellation’ (though the network and Logan insist no prior announcement was made to avoid spoilers).