While Poldark season 5 has been officially billed as the final season, that doesn’t mean that we’re entirely at the end of the road. We’ve just hit a rest stop. Maybe it’s one that we’re going to be chilling at forever, or maybe eventually, we’ll hop back in the car and keep going.
For the time being, writer/executive producer Debbie Horsfield seems to be keeping at least some of her metaphorical luggage in the trunk. Speaking as a part of a new interview with The Guardian, she makes it clear that because of there being source material left open from the Winston Graham books, Poldark could almost certainly return:
“Never say never. We’ve had an amazing run but there are five books left and who knows what could happen in a few years’ time?”
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One interesting comparison here could between Poldark and Sherlock, given that the latter show has adopted a philosophy where it could always come back for more in the future — it’s already endured some long breaks before!
Yet, as Horsfield notes, some of the control over the future of Poldark will be in the hands of the BBC, who would need to express an interest in keeping Poldark going in order for more to happen:
“The BBC would need to say that they wanted more and we’d take it from there. The relationship with the Winston Graham estate and with the BBC has been wonderful – I like to think they wouldn’t want anyone else to do it.”
It’s hard to imagine why the BBC wouldn’t want to consider more Poldark. It’s been a solid hit for BBC One throughout its run and, beyond that, it’s found some success airing in America on PBS. It has capable leads in Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson, and it possesses a wondrous sense of romantic escapism. As complex as the characters and as dark as the struggles may be, there’s something about Poldark’s world that makes you want to remain there, to dream of Cornwall’s rolling hills and fantastic shorelines.
Would the cast be interested?
That’s another worthy question given that Turner, Tomlinson, and others may receive countless career opportunities following up the series. Yet, we’d be completely insane to sit here and assume that we know where their careers are going to be three years from now. This industry changes in the blink of an eye!
Poldark season 5 will presumably premiere on the BBC this summer; meanwhile, American viewers can anticipate it this fall, even though we’ve lobbied previously for it to come on a tad earlier.
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