Wentworth’s final ever episode is screening tonight (October 26), and fans say they’re not ready to say goodbye to the much-loved Australian prison drama.
The Foxtel drama began in 2013 as a rework of Australian TV classic Prisoner. It’s since become Foxtel’s biggest hit.
Wentworth has screened in more than 170 countries, with fan conventions around the world. The show also attracted a large queer following along the way.
Cast and crew wrapped filming of the finale – Wentworth’s 100th episode – last September. Tonight it screens on Foxtel on the final ever “Teal Tuesday”.
Kate Box, who plays Lou Kelly, told the Herald Sun the adrenaline-fuelled finale’s body count “isn’t modest.”
“There was massive adrenaline [while filming]. We were all acutely aware of something incredible coming to a close,” she said.
“It was freezing. It was bloody. And everybody was so determined to go out giving it absolutely everything they had.
“There was massive passion to it given by everyone and a few tears as well.
“The body count isn’t modest … it definitely slams you in the face.”
Cast and crew including director and producer Pino Amenta and actress Kate Jenkinson posted tributes on social media.
Tomorrow night is the final episode of WENTWORTH. 100 episodes -so very proud of our talented team. It's a ripper I hope you enjoy. This show would only be half as good if it wasn't for the loyal dedicated audience. You guys have been such an inspiration over the time. Thank you!
— Pino Amenta (@pandapino61) October 25, 2021
Fans aren’t ready to say goodbye to the show tonight
Fans also took to social media with their tributes to “one of the best TV shows ever to bless our televisions.”
— i miss marie x (@susieismyqueenx) October 18, 2021
— Megan Hustwaite (@MeganHustwaite) October 26, 2021
thank you and the crew for taking us this unforgettable and iconic roller coaster, it’ll be heartbreaking to say goodbye but Wentworth will go like it first entered, with a bang. ❤️
— wentworth forever ♡ (@WentworthFan14) October 26, 2021
It’s the finale ever episode of @Wentworth tonight & I am not ready! Such an amazing show!
— Stepmeister (@StepmeisterOz) October 26, 2021
— Kate (@kate_nicole323) October 26, 2021
what if i'm not ready to say goodbye to wentworth pic.twitter.com/JX7qNjVIfE
— hayley doyle-westfall (@milfsonmymind) October 26, 2021
— Little One (@JusLilNana) October 26, 2021
‘Ballistic’ fan reaction brought Wentworth back from cancellation
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. Foxtel later announced the show would produce 20 more episodes.
Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh told TV Tonight this week about the show’s resurrection.
He recalled the show scooping the 2018 Logies just weeks after it was axed.
“We deliberated for weeks about ‘Have we made the wrong decision?’” he said.
“I had flown to Melbourne. I had sat with the cast, I had given them the news.”
Walsh said after the news first leaked out, “the fans just went ballistic.”
“They just bombarded our emails and inboxes and call centres and drummed up all of this unbelievable hysteria about the show.
“[Production company] Fremantle came back to me and I said, ‘Do we have story?’”
They went on to produce twenty additional episodes to screen over two years, and Walsh said the show goes out on a high tonight.
Wentworth concludes 8:30pm Tuesday (October 26) on FOX Showcase on Foxtel.
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