Sorry, Snowpiercer fans. The beloved drama’s fourth and final season will not be airing on TNT as it had with previous seasons. But now the question remains: will it air at all?
TNT Says Goodbye to Snowpiercer
“We can confirm that TNT will not air season four of Snowpiercer,” a spokesperson for TNT told Deadline in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but our admiration for the talented writers, actors and crew who brought Snowpiercer’s extraordinary post-apocalyptic world to life remains strong. We have been working collaboratively with the producers since last year to help the series find a new home where fans can continue to enjoy the compelling story and exceptional visual experience. We look forward to working with them on future projects.”
Snowpiercer stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean, and a host of others as a group of survivors on train that never stops moving through a frigid wasteland. The series is based on the 2013 movie that was based on the 1982 graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob.
The show enjoyed favorable ratings in the first two seasons, but lost about half its viewership in Season 3, according to stats at ShowBuzzDaily. Snowpiercer remained TNT’s final bastion of scripted TV shows, but just couldn’t hold out for that final season.
To the Fans, Snowpiercer has always survived !
Every bump along the track, she survived. #tomorrowstudios have always championed #snowpiercer and the Eternal Engine. So keep the faith, she’ll be back, I just know it ❤️ from me, your head of hospitality. #snowpiercertv pic.twitter.com/uZuwBilK5i
— Alison Wright (@alison__wright) January 17, 2023
Despite the fact that the final season was already announced, shot, and presumably finished, word from Deadline is that the cancellation has more to do with tax write-offs than anything.
“The decision not to air it was made later in the year, sources said. It was part of the slew of content cuts for tax write-off purposes, including the axing of HBO Max tentpole Batgirl, J.J. Abrams’ HBO drama Demimonde, TBS series such as The Big D, Chad and Kill The Orange Bear as well as a raft of cancelations including Westworld. Chad and The Big D, whose new seasons, like Snowpiercer‘s, had been completed, have since found new homes at Roku and Peacock, respectively,” according to Deadline.
Please please pretty please 🙏🏻
— Dave (@Nffc_Humpa) January 15, 2023
“We love Snowpiercer and believe season four completes a story with incredible talent that will entertain viewers while exploring issues of climate change and class warfare,” Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein, CEO/Partner, and Becky Clements, President/Partner, said in a statement to Deadline. “We are so passionate about this series that we have acquired the rights to control the franchise. We hope to find the perfect partner shortly and finish a great ride with the final season.”
If Tomorrow Studios is able to find a network to air that final season, and a much broader franchise is allowed to flourish, we look forward to the continuation of the story from Layton, Melanie, and the rest. But if not, we have to admit that it’s been a great ride.
If you’re not caught up on Snowpiercer, be sure to check out our extensive coverage of the last three seasons. It’s some good stuff!