SyFy’s The Magicians has officially been cancelled, with the upcoming April 1 season 5 finale now serving as the show’s series finale.
However, those fans who are worried that The Magicians will leave them unfulfilled with a potential cliffhanger can rest easy. According to Deadline, showrunners and creators John McNamara and Sera Gamble went into season 5 thinking it may be their last, and so wrote a finale for the current season that could likewise serve as a series finale.
Though The Magicians fifth season has been averaging respectable numbers for a basic cable TV series, it was still half the viewership the show had delivered in its first two seasons. That, in combination with the show’s rising costs, was reportedly a factor in the decision to cancel the show. Those two combined factors likewise made it easy for the creative team and the actors to understand that the current season would likely be their last, even before the official cancellation was handed down.
“Everyone is pretty savvy about how the business works. All the writers, the actors, our whole team. And so coming into this season, everyone was pretty level headed and aware that we had hit a certain point in the lifespan of this kind of show,” showrunner/creator Sera Gamble said in an interview With TV Insider. “And people were really emotional about it, but in many ways, that was because we’ve created a family over the last several years that really wanted to do right by the show. So aside from the musical that came out of John’s moment of denial, we tried not to indulge in any denial about it. We wanted to make sure it was a really satisfying conclusion. And so when [co-showrunner] Henry [Alonso Myers] and I wrote the finale, there really wasn’t a difference in approach to writing it because I honestly never counted on there being another season.”
“The Magicians has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons,” Syfy said in a statement to Deadline. “As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever.”