Netflix has canceled “1899” after only one season. Series co-creator Baran bo Odar broke the news, in a joint statement with their creative partner, Jantje Freise. The series follows a group of immigrants aboard the steamship Kerberos, making the journey from Southampton in the UK to New York City in the United States. During this trip, a string of bizarre, and possibly supernatural events, start to occur.
“With a heavy heart we have to tell you that ‘1899’ will not be renewed,” the statement reads. “We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a second and third season as we did with ‘Dark.’ But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life.”
“1899” was supposed to serve as a follow-up for Odar and Friese’s previous series “Dark.” First airing in 2017 “Dark” quickly became a break-out hit for Netflix and ran for 3 seasons.
“We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were a part of this wonderful adventure,” the statement continues. “We love you. Never forget.” “1899” debuted on the streamer on November 17th, 2022. In its first week, it hit the number 2 slot on Netflix’s top 10, only being beaten by the cultural phenomenon that is “The Crown” Season 5. In four days its total hours of viewership hit 79.27 million and largely received positive reviews. Meaning a show that was getting a lot of views and praise was canceled after only 6 weeks on the platform. Netflix has yet to comment on the perplexing decision to cancel a show that, by all accounts, was doing well.
“1899” was meant to be the first project of an overall deal that Odar and Friese made with Netflix following the success of “Dark.” This deal was also a first for the streamer with a European creator. Since the pair planned on 3 seasons, the show ends on a massive, now unresolved cliffhanger. Odar and Friese have yet to speak out about if “1899″ can be revived on another platform. But the finality of their statement indicates that may not be a possibility.