Warrior Nun creator Simon Barry sends a message of support to fans after Netflix’s shocking cancelation. Based on the Warrior Nun Areala comic by Ben Dunn, the fantasy drama series debuted its second installment in November. Consisting of eight episodes, Warrior Nun season 2 garnered positive reviews from both critics and fans. Assessments praised the way the adaptation embraced genre stories, evoking influential predecessors like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and for its ability to fuse romance with larger themes of politics and faith. Viewers were even more effusive in their praise, with the series enjoying a near-perfect audience score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes based on nearly 8000 votes.
Since the premiere of Warrior Nun season 2, those same viewers have been calling on Netflix to renew the series. But now, as reported by Deadline, the show has been canceled and will not return for season 3. Barry now posts a message of support for fans on his Twitter account, giving thanks and expressing appreciation for everyone that worked on the show. He also drew attention to the fact that viewers have been heavily criticizing Netflix for its decision, as calls to save the adaptation have been trending on Twitter and other platforms like Tumblr:
Why Did Netflix Cancel Warrior Nun?
It’s noted that, like in so many other cases, viewership was cited as the key determining factor. Warrior Nun spent three weeks in Netflix’s Weekly Top 10 charts for English-language series, peaking at the fifth slot. According to What’s On Netflix, the show debuted with 26.22 million hours viewed. After a few weeks, by November 27, that number rose significantly to almost 66 million hours globally.
Those stats can’t be viewed in isolation, however. Prior to the show’s cancelation, Barry noted that Warrior Nun had managed to grow its viewership with no marketing budget from Netflix. This is a common complaint, as creators like Mike Flanagan and Rachel Shukert of The Baby-Sitters Club have all discussed how the streaming giant doesn’t give all of its shows the same advertising push. Ultimately, Netflix didn’t find that Warrior Nun was worth keeping. But, after the cancelation, supporters are questioning whether it was given an honest chance at success.
Barry has previously said that he has plans for where Warrior Nun could go next. Those ideas unfortunately look like they won’t be coming to fruition. It paints a picture of a difficult streaming landscape, in which Netflix and competitors like HBO Max are seemingly seeking only the biggest hits. It’s an approach that leaves out a lot of worthy stories.