Prison Break‘s Season 5 revival will be a self-contained story not dependent on renewal, insists creator Paul Scheuring in a chat with THR:
We had 80 episodes in those first four years. The show was getting a little tired. It was nice to go away for a while, and now that we’re back, it’s for a tight and concise nine-episode narrative that doesn’t have that baggage and mandate to have to go on in perpetuity. I wouldn’t have done it if we had to come back with an open-ended story that had to go on for years and years.”
I didn’t want to lead the audience on. I wanted to give them a one-time, nine-episode movie, as it were. And it wraps up. We’re not saying, ‘Come back next year!’ There are no hanging chads. Nothing like that at the end of the season. This is a self-contained story.”
Season 5 may be a ‘self-contained’ limited series, but Prison Break is not-so-secretly chasing a sixth season, with a new story and renewal hinging on the show’s performance in the coming days/weeks.
Anything less will result in cancellation, not the series ending on its own terms.
Prison Break Season 5 premieres April 4 on FOX.
Will Prison Break escape with Season 6 or be re-incarcerated after five seasons? Stay tuned…