Though the 7th season of HBO's Veep marks the show's end, is it possible that an 8th season could ever follow? The political satire has witnessed the highs and lows of former Vice President Selina Meyer, and even though HBO has called it quits with Veep, career politicians have proven that there's always room for more.
The entire run of Veep has witnessed Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) go from Vice President of the United States to a national pariah to a national treasure (sometimes simultaneously), but always managing to climb the ladder in the unpredictable front lines of American politics. In the show's 8th and final season, Selina is as unforgiving as ever in her campaign for the presidency, cheating and lying her way to the top - and even going on the run from Interpol. So, with the show finally coming to an end after seven years, let's take a look at why season 7 is the right time to close the book on Veep, but also how an 8th season might actually work.
Veep Season 7 Was the Final Season
Season 8 was revealed as Veep's final season in 2017. Despite the show's critical success, as well as the fact that Louis-Dreyfus has won six consecutive Emmys for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical since Veep premiered in 2012, the show's executive producer David Mandel and Louis-Dreyfus decided that season 7 would be the perfect time to end the series. Louis-Dreyfus said, "The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series."
The final season of Veep was delayed last year to 2019 after Louis-Dreyfus underwent treatment for breast cancer. The delay gave Louis-Dreyfus time to recover from her treatment, though she started table reads for Veep's final season while she was still recuperating, according to her co-star Matt Walsh.
HBO Is Unlikely to Make Veep Season 8
Despite the show's success, season 7 of Veep will be its last. Though there is certainly potential to spin the show off with a different lead, seeing as Veep's central cast is packed with beloved characters, like Tony Hale's Gary Walsh, Anna Chlumsky's Amy Brookheimer, and Timothy Simons' Jonah Ryan, there has not been any official word on doing so. Still, it's not impossible.
Veep is an American remake of Armando Iannucci's British comedy series The Thick of It, which itself received its own feature-length film, In the Loop. So, there's a precedent to continue Veep were the cast and crew willing/interested to get involved. Iannucci is no longer involved with Veep, having been replaced by Mandel, but that's not to say Mandel couldn't take inspiration and follow suit. For now, it's a waiting game to see if that ever pans out; and, in the meantime, fans will have to accept that an 8th season of Veep is not in the cards.