After eight years of good-hearted polygamist shenanigans, the Henrickson clan is leaving us. HBO announced this morning that Big Love's fifth season, set to premiere in January 2011, is going to be the beloved drama's last year on the air.
So what's going to happen to Bill (Bill Paxton), Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) in their final TV hours?
According to show runners Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, "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...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 contacted about the final season, Scheffer told us they were reserving further comment for after the premiere in January, adding, "I think you'll agree this is definitively our best season to date, though." (Can't wait!)
Moreover, star Chloë Sevigny just told us about season five, "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."
Sources also reveal that Big Love season five will feature more of Bill Henrickson in the Utah legislature, several new (and creepy) sects of Utah polygamists, elders in the mainstream LDS church, the return of Tina Majorino's Heather (yay!) and quite possibly some new blood for the Henrickson clan itself.
Do you think that TLC's Sister Wives can fill the void left by the Henricksons? What do you want to see happen in the final season of Big Love?