Raised by Wolves fans may never get a clear explanation as to why Travis Fimmel’s Marcus character began floating at the end of the series’ season two finale. Variety has confirmed that HBO Max has decided to cancel Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama after two seasons, making “Happiness,” which premiered on March 17 this year, its final episode on Warner’s streaming service. Series star Abubakar Salim, who plays Father in the show (and is known to Assassin’s Creed players as the voice of Bayek in Assassin’s Creed: Origins) was the first to reveal the news, telling fans in an extensive Twitter thread yesterday how Raised by Wolves’ story would not be finished at its current home. Salim says that Scott Free Productions is pushing for the show to be continued on another platform; a storyline for new seasons has already been fully fleshed out.
“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,” HBO Max said in a statement.
Originally ordered to series at WarnerMedia-owned cable channel TNT in 2018 before landing at HBO Max ahead of its series premiere in September 2020, the sci-fi drama centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
When “Raised by Wolves” was renewed for a second season soon after its premiere, HBO Max said it was the top performing HBO Max original since the platform’s launch four months prior. The second season premiered Feb. 3.