Showtime drama Ray Donovan could live for eight seasons, but showrunner David Hollander confirms that “he’s beginning to seriously think of an endgame” and has already decided the fate of the central character, per THR:
As you’re crafting this fifth season, are you looking at an endgame?
I’m beginning to seriously think of an endgame, I think it’s essential. This is a series and a story that in its inception was never designed with a grand design of where Ray Donovan was going. That was the design. And it worked in an interesting way, it was an instinctive and — in a beautiful way — disorganized show. [..]
So specifically, you never want to end this show with Ray’s death?
Oh lord, no. No, no. That would be the easy way out of the storytelling.
Does season five feel like the end or are you looking beyond?
I think two ways. You have to tell stories as aggressively as you can in this environment and if I had my way, we would all live on an episode-by-episode contract, not year-to-year. We have to do our best work every time within the confines of the story we’re telling. My first priority is to dream up a really gorgeous year five, to make sure it delivers a show that, should it live for a sixth, seventh or eighth season, will be satisfying to the audience and artists. We who are making it need to be engaged and in love with it otherwise the audience won’t like it.
Ray Donovan is renewed for Season 5. Stay tuned as we monitor the status of Ray Donovan Season 6 and potentially beyond…