If Bill Henrickson is hoping to add a fourth wife to his family, he better act fast — he has only one season to pull off another marriage before the plug gets pulled on Big Love.
HBO has announced that the upcoming fifth season of Big Love will be the show's last, saying: "It has been an honor and pleasure to work with series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer on this unique and provocative series, and I’m happy that they will be able to bring the story to its close the way they always envisioned. We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture."
“When we created Big Love in 2002, we had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell,” Olsen and Scheffer said in a joint statement. “While we were in the writers’ room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story."
When E! Online contacted actress Chloe Sevigny about the announcement, she said: "I think that finally you see the Henricksons having to deal with some consequences, for their actions and for their lifestyle. And they are finally getting a little bit of comeuppance."
Whether or not they deserve comeuppance is up for debate, but given the events of recent seasons, it's difficult to imagine Big Love ending without some measure of tragedy: Bill is in public office, his decision to inform the world of his polygamist beliefs backfired in his face, and two out of three of his wives — potentially even all three — are questioning whether or not they love the man anymore. It's been a rough ride for the Henricksons, and with one season remaining, it's bound to get even rockier.