As reported back on Dec. 7, 2012, John Rogers, the creator of "Leverage" on TNT was worried that he would not be asked to do a sixth season of the series.
Thus executive producer and director Dean Devlin wrote this open letter to fans of the the show, "As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show. Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air. Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot. So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.
"This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories. But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly."
Well, according to TVGuide, "In an announcement posted late Friday, Dec. 22, 2012, TNT said it was ‘time to say goodbye’ " to ‘Leverage.’
The announcement added, "We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on ‘Leverage.’ We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of ‘Leverage,’ who have been the driving force behind its success."
So the episode that will air tonight, Dec. 25, 2012, on TNT will be not only the finale of season five of "Leverage," but the series finale as well.