When an acclaimed TV drama comes to an end, the showrunner of said acclaimed TV drama is in a unique position. For the first time in years, their schedule is wide open. Often, various people are fighting to give them lots of money to create something. And pretty much everyone agrees that whatever they do next will be considerably less impressive than the acclaimed TV drama they just ended. Some showrunners get weirder, embarking on complex, fascinating, self-indulgent passion projects: Think David Simon and Treme, or David Milch and John From Cincinnati.
When Lost ended, Damon Lindelof started writing movies; when Battlestar Galactica ended, Ronald D. Moore helped to kickstart a spin-off prequel before working on a series of failed pilots. (Both men have new TV shows on the horizon.) And after the Sopranos ended, David Chase just stopped doing anything, essentially dropping the mic on a brilliant career before briefly picking it up again for his own self-indulgent passion project.
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