Any time a great TV show announces its end it’s a sad affair, but it’s kinda nice to know when they’re going out with a plan. Deadwood’s horrific, unfulfilling and untimely end stands testament to what can go wrong when they don’t.
Earlier this year Archer was renewed by FX for eight episode runs in seasons eight, nine and ten. We now know these will be the last. Adam Reed, the show’s creator, spoke on A Modern School of Film podcast, Murmur, stating that he had intended for the show to end with season eight. Fortunately for fans of the show, of which I am a considerably rabid one, it will roll on to season ten thanks to Reed having a ‘brain explosion’ that will keep him interested for 24 more episodes.
In the past few years the show has gone through seemingly constant reimaginings, with the team dropping the freelance super-secret spy game in favour of drug running, CIA work and even turning private eye, going on to win Emmys in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Outstanding Animated Program. Reed strongly suggests that more changes are on the way as we hurtle towards the end of the show.
I’ll be sad to see the show end, but I live in hope that Archer may return one day in another format. Doesn’t it just scream for a Telltale game to be made?
Yes it does other Barry. Yes it does.