Some important news out of HBO today as the start date for the fourth season of Game of Thrones has been announced. The show will return on April 6th, 2014 for what’s promised to be the most bloody season yet. They say that every year, yet it’s almost always true. Book readers know what’s about to happen, and needless to say, everyone should look forward to it.
But with this news comes the announcement that longrunning HBO series Boardwalk Empire is coming to a close. The show’s fifth season, it’s next, will also be its last.
“After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion,” series creator Terence Winter said in a statement.
Honestly, it’s for the best. Not that the show is bad, but it’s not exactly the creative juggernaut it once was, and it’s good to set an end date on a series like this before things get weird. Which has happened in the past with many a program (cough, Dexter). Boardwalk isn’t based on a book series like Game of Thrones, so it can kind of do whatever it wants, within the bounds of history, and I’m excited to see what happens in its final season.
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