The TNT sci-fi actioner Falling Skies was renewed for a fifth season, which will decidedly be its final one. The show will have 10 more episodes to satisfy fans who have stuck by the series since 2011.
Before the start of the series’ fourth season, the show underwent a bit of a face-lift with Dick Eick taking over as showrunner, while a story shake-up ended up polarizing the cast both on and off the screen. It turns out that the show will get it’s inevitable end, and the producers seem content that the final 10 episodes will be sufficient enough to wrap-up the show. Will the Espheni be triumphant or Tom (Noah Wyle) and the humans? Perhaps Lexi will rise up and rule over everyone?
TNT president Michael Wright spoke about the choice to renew Falling Skies for a final season:
“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas. The Last Ship has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
Falling Skies holds the third spot in TNT’s ratings, just behind Major Crimes with 7 million viewers and the post-apocalyptic naval drama The Last Ship, which has the highest average this year, with 7.2 million viewers (the show was also given an extended 13-episode second season order).
Falling Skies will be present at Comic-Con 2014 where we will probably get a better idea of the backroom politics that went into the final season’s 10-episode order. Additionally, we should get some hints as to what we can expect from those final episodes (nothing too revealing, this is Comic-Con after all).
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Falling Skies Season 4 Saturday, April 19 • 11:00am – 12:00pm
At the end of the summer, TNT will also launch Legends, starring Sean Bean, on Wednesday, August 13th. If that series proves popular with audiences, it could satisfy the scheduled absence of Falling Skies for the channel’s programming.
Have you stuck with the show or did you find yourself questioning its trajectory be the end of season three? The final season of Falling Skies will air sometime in 2015.