Cancelled after four seasons but could Black Sails resurrect for Season 5? EP Jonathan E. Steinberg believes the Starz drama ended “in the right place,” but admits there are ‘a bunch of different ways the show could go on,’ per Deadline:
We talked about a bunch of different versions of ways the show could go on. A few of them felt interesting and felt like things that might be fun together. But they didn’t quite feel like the show, and I think the closer we got to the book, the more it felt apparent that the book is the book, and the show is the show. They can talk to each other, and they can inhabit the same universe, but for them to overlap just didn’t quite feel right. And I think the ending, where it landed, everybody felt like they were in the right place. They felt like they got back to some version of the place they started as a different person with a different outlook.
As for whether the introduction of the Mary Reead, Anne Bonny and Jack Rackham storyline at the very end of the finale is ripe for a spinoff, Steinberg doesn’t rule it out:
“Your head’s probably where ours is in that if there were more story to tell, I have a feeling that Rackham, and Bonny, and Mary would be right in the middle of it.”
Fellow EP Robert Levine maintains that there are no current efforts to extend Black Sails, but he’s willing to “dream”:
Look, part of finding the right ending is, in some ways, kind of lurching around in the dark. Part is trying to figure out if it were to continue, what it would be? We love these characters, and I think certainly one aspect of that process was realizing we would love to watch a show about those three in particular. But then feeling like having really brought Flint and Silver to a definitive end, that it would just be a very different show. So, you know, endings are bittersweet not just for the audience, but for the creators as well, and it’s hard to let go, for sure. So, you know, we can always dream on – there’s always comic books to consider.
Black Sails now takes up full residence in the cancellation graveyard – but will it revive or spinoff in years to come? Stay tuned…