For the last few seasons, TNT’s “Leverage” could be considered a show in jeopardy, getting last-minute renewals, and once again, the gang is anxiously awaiting a decision on their fate.
Amid speculation that “Leverage” might be ending after Season 5, the show’s producers have taken extra measures (and seem extra worried this time around) to make sure fans get a satisfying finale either way.
Since TNT has not yet made an official decision on whether or not it will renew the show for a sixth season, series creator Dean Devlin and co-creator John Rogers have written the Season 5 finale as a series finale just in case, according to Deadline. The Season 5 finale of the Timothy Hutton series is set to air on Christmas, December 25th, on TNT.
The creators “decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series,” Devlin says. He explained the decision in an open letter to fans posted on “Leverage’s” fan site. The letter is copied below.
Dear LEVERAGE Fans,
As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot. So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.
This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories. But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.
I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes. They build to our conclusion. And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.
From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us. I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.
Let’s go steal a series finale!
Executive Producer/Director LEVERAGE