Raised By Wolves Season 3 is Cancelled By HBO Max

Raised By Wolves season 3 has been canceled, after two seasons aired by HBO Max, joining many other shows after the recent Warner Bros. Discovery merger.

This occasionally nightmarish sci-fi epic was the brainchild of Aaron Guzikowski (who also turned in the script for Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners) and premiered on the streaming service two years ago, boasting Ridley Scott as an executive producer.

Created by Aaron Guzikowski and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Raised By Wolves takes place on the distant planet of Kepler 22-b where two androids are tasked with raising human children on the new world after Earth has been ravaged by war. As more and more humans arrive on the planet, the struggle to survive becomes more intense, especially as the mysteries of the new planet continue to unravel.

Like season one, this February’s second season also received universal acclaim.

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An announcement from HBO Max (via The Hollywood Reporter) read: “While we are not proceeding with a third season of Raised by Wolves, we are beyond grateful to the stellar cast and crew, our creators Aaron Guzikowski, Ridley Scott, David W Zucker, and the entire team at Scott Free Productions, for their beautiful artistry and unique ability to immerse fans into the world of Kepler-22b.”

The show’s cancellation follows the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, forming a new entity known as Warner Bros Discovery.

Raised by Wolves season 2 wrapped its 8-episode season in March, leaving a number of big story threads open. The sci-fi show stars Abubakar Salim, as well as Amanda Collin, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Travis Fimmel, Jordan Loughran, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Aasiya Shah, Ivy Wong, Matias Varela, and Selina Jones. Scott directed a number of episodes in the first season and has remained on board as an executive producer with his production company, Scott Free. The Warner Bros. Discovery merger was approved in March and has since seen a massive shift in planned projects throughout the film and TV side, including a number of cancellations. Now, it appears that Raised By Wolves is a casualty of the merger as well.

Abubakar Salim, who played android Father opposite Amanda Collin’s necromancer Mother, teased Raised by Wolves‘ impending fate yesterday on his twitter account (June 3).

“And unfortunately, one of those shows is Raised by Wolves. Nothing has been publicly shared yet. And there is a reason for that. An important one. One which I’m here to share with you now. There is hope.

“You see, we’re in a unique position: we have a fully fleshed out and planned storyline, a Goliath of a production team behind us, incredible reception from critics and reviewers alike, and most crucially, a community base that is so strong internationally, it can not be ignored,” the actor continued.

The news of Raised By Wolves’ cancelation (via Deadline) comes soon after star Abubakar Salim said that Raised by Wolves season 3 was in doubt, citing the recent Warner Bros. Discovery merger as a reason for it. “A lot of shows are not having their stories finished,” said Salim. In the lengthy thread, Salim also says that Scott Free is actively pursuing another home for the show. So, while HBO Max will not continue the story, it’s possible it could continue at another streamer. 

Raised By Wolves is one of the most intriguing sci-fi shows to come along in a while, which has all the trimmings one might expect from the genre, but with some unique, trippy, and wild ideas that set it apart from its competition. In fact, there’s no other show like it on TV, making it a true shame if the story isn’t completely told.

Guzikowski has said in the past that the show has a definitive plan (which Salim reasserts in his thread), meaning that there’s a clear roadmap for another season if another network picks it up. Of all the shows being canceled as a result of the Warner Bros Discovery merger, Raised By Wolves is the biggest blow, as it was the most original title among those kicked to the curb. With any luck (and fan support) Raised By Wolves season 3 will find a home that can finish the epic and ambitious tale that’s been built thus far.