That's a wrap on NOS4A2. AMC has canceled the horror series after just two seasons, meaning we will not again be returning with Zachary Quinto to Christmasland, barring an unlikely turn of events. The series was based on the novel of the same name by author Joe Hill. The news was confirmed by showrunner Jami O'Brien on Twitter. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Well friends, I heard from AMC last week. We won't be making a 3rd season of #NOS4A2 . It's a bummer, but I'm grateful we were at least able to finish adapting the storyline from Joe Hill's terrific novel. Congratulations to every single member of our phenomenal team on two seasons of weird and wonderful TV. I will miss seeing everyone back in Little Rhody this year, but I'm awfully proud of all we've done together. Thank you to Joe Hill for all your generosity, imagination, and support, and for trusting us with Vic and Charlie, Maggie, Bing, Linda, Chris, Lou, Tabitha, Wayne, Millie, and all your flawed, complicated, and beautiful characters. And thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who tuned in, especially to those who tweeted along with us each week, You made Sunday nights a lot of fun. Hope to do it again with you all somewhere down the road... xoxoxo."
NOS4A2 season 2 premiered earlier this year, with the final episode, which now serves as the series finale, airing on August 23. The network wasted little time in deciding the show's future, or lack thereof, following the finale. An AMC spokesperson had this to say about it.
"Christmasland may live forever, but NOS4A2 will come to an end with the conclusion of season two. We are so thankful to Jami O'Brien, Joe Hill and the entire cast and crew for two seasons of inspired, terrifying and thoroughly captivating and age-defying television. And thanks to the fans for climbing into the Wraith and coming along for the ride."
The show centers on Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. She then finds herself on a path toward the evil and immortal Charlie Manx. He is a supernatural villain who feeds on the souls of children, leaving their remains in Christmasland; a twisted place of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims, without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
Ashleigh Cummings (Via McQueen), Zachary Quinto (Charlie Manx), Jahkara Smith (Maggie Leigh), Olafur Darri Olafsson (Bing Partridge), Virginia Kull (Linda McQueen) and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Chris McQueen) starred in the series. A reason for the cancelation was not provided by the network. It is worth noting that the ratings for the show declined in season 2.
Right now, streaming services and networks are having to make difficult programming decisions brought on by the current situation. It is possible, in a world functioning normally, that NOS4A2 season 3 would have happened. That just isn't the world we are living in.