Nate Ford and his team on Leverage have been able to get themselves out of quite a few pickles. But will they be able to earn a sixth season? That remains unclear.

Executive producer and director Dean Devlin penned a letter to the TNT drama's longtime fans about the unknown future of the series. In the letter, Devlin explains that he and series creator John Rogers shot the upcoming Season 5 finale as the series finale of the show should it not be picked for a sixth season.

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Leverage, starring Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, debuted on TNT in 2008 and is currently the longest-running original series on the network. Season 5 premiered to 3.39 million viewers in July. However, the show recently returned from a two-month hiatus to just 1.91 million viewers. In the Season 5 finale - set to air on Christmas Day - Nate (Hutton) will take a case linked to his son's death.

Read Devlin's full letter to fans below:

Dear Leverage Fans,

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.

I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes.  They build to our conclusion.  And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we've ever done.

From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us.  I've never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.

Let's go steal a series finale!

Dean Devlin

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