The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that next year’s seventh season of Veep will be the series’ last. The HBO comedy, based on the BBC’s The Thick of It has won 12 Emmy Awards since its debut in 2012. Speaking on the decision to bring the show to a close star Julia Louis-Dreyfus said: “It became clear that this season should be the last season. We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”
The brainchild of Armando Iannucci, the series followed the hectic life of Vice President Selina Meyer and her hapless but loyal team. Over the course of the six seasons Meyer miraculously became America’s first female President (albeit for a very short time) and has since been trying to find her feet in Washington. The show’s also become an much more of an ensemble piece with Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh and Sarah Sutherland all key players.
Current Showrunner David Mandel argued that the timing is right to call time on the show before it started to repeat itself. “I struggled with [ending the show],” Louis-Dreyfus admitted. “And then it just hit me. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a good thing. We struggled with this at Seinfeld as well.”
Louis-Dreyfus notes there’s another full 10-episode season still to shoot and experience, so looking too far into the future isn’t something she’s considered much. “I’m not retiring, if that’s what you’re asking,” she says. “I love to work.” And her character has been a quintessentially great character to manifest. “My favorite go-to thing about her is I like to fall back into Selina’s narcissism. It’s delightful and it takes many forms.”
For his part, Mandel says he and writers have broken all 10 episodes for the final season. Echoing Louis-Dreyfus, he says there is a finality to Selina’s journey. “If we needed five more [episodes], everybody was open to five more.” But it never came to that. They found their landing spot.
Veep will return for its final Season on HBO and Sky Atlantic Next Year.