The wait is almost over for Wentworth’s final episodes ever


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Foxtel has announced that the last ever episodes of prison drama Wentworth will finally air from August 24.

The show began in 2013 as a reimagining of Aussie TV classic Prisoner. Wentworth has since screened in over 170 countries and developed a huge queer following over its run.

The show filmed its 10-episode eighth season before COVID-19 hit, and they aired last year.

Then Wentworth filmed its final 10 episodes during the pandemic under strict COVID safety protocols.

Filming of the finale – the show’s 100th episode – wrapped on September 4, but fans have had to wait almost a year to see the show’s big conclusion.

In season 8, new characters entered the prison, including trans man Reb Keane and girlfriend Lou Kelly, played by Zoe Terakes and Kate Box, and Sheila Bausch, played by Marta Dusseldorp.

A new 11-second teaser from Foxtel titles the last batch of episodes The Final Sentence but gives very little else away.

‘Never say never’ to Wentworth spinoff

Last September, Wentworth producer Jo Porter told News Corp to “never say never” at some kind of continuation in the future.

“It feels like this chapter of the show has finished,” she said.

“This season has had a big spike in audience domestically. We’re getting new audiences all the time.

“There’s a few characters who survive. There are possibilities [for continuing] but at the moment we’re focusing on this being a beautiful bow to draw a close to this chapter.”

Porter says there’s “absolutely heartbreaking, jaw-dropping and exhilarating” moments in the final 10 episodes.

In late 2018, the show came close to cancellation at the end of season seven.

But fans mobilised with petitions and online campaigns to save it, and Foxtel later announced the show would produce 20 more episodes.

Porter explained the show has been written to end on its own terms.

“Knowing when to put down the brush is an absolute art. We are going out on a high,” she said.

“That also means if down the track we come up with a brilliant reason to examine a character or a different part of the world we haven’t explored there’s the chance to potentially come back.

“But we’re not committing to that just yet. It’s too soon.”

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