Credit: HBO, via Seriable Photo: Steve Buscemi on Boardwalk Empire

Looks like we're about to reach the end of the Boardwalk.

HBO announced yesterday, January 9, that Boardwalk Empire's upcoming fifth season will be its last.

In a statement, creator Terence Winter elaborated: "After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion."

The Prohibition-era Atlantic City drama premiered in 2010 to critical acclaim, winning three major Emmys, including Outstanding Drama.

We applaud Terence and HBO on their decision. Too often shows overstay their welcome and run out of narrative steam before being wrapped up (or unceremoniously canceled). Shrewd showrunners know when to call it a day, and some even set the end date seasons in advance — as Vince Gilligan did with Breaking Bad. That way, they can pace the storyline and let the series go out on top.

Meanwhile, the entire cast has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award, contending for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award — alongside the actors of Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and Homeland. (The award show airs on Saturday, January 18, on TNT and TBS.)

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!