Call it a cancellation or a series finale, either way, there will be no season of The Magicians. The final episode of the series is said to air on Syfy on April, 1. With that said, we do not think this is an elaborate prank.
While this is bad news for the fans of both Lev Grossman’s Magicians novel series and those who came into it just for the show, it’s good to know that the series will not be ending on a cliffhanger. The network has announced that the upcoming season finale was shot as a potential series finale on the chance that the show might not get picked up.
If you’re wondering why the show got canceled, it sounds like it had a lot to do with the money. In a new interview with TVInsider, show creators Sera Gamble and John McNamara had this to say.
John McNamara: It played out kind of the way it’s played out almost every season. With the exception of Season 4 into Season 5, we never knew whether or not we’re going to get picked up. It was always a discussion—never really about the creative—about the financials and you always know, with any show, that there’s this kind of fine line between what it brings in and what it costs.
Sera Gamble: And as the creators of the show, we understand that. We had the sense going into this season that Syfy, in particular as our first platform, was kind of hitting the point of “The cup is full and there’s no more room.”
McNamara: It’s not going to necessarily expand in terms of revenue, it’s not necessarily going to contract in terms of revenue, but it is going to cost more.