That's going to be a wrap for The Order on Netflix, as the streamer has opted to put an end to the werewolf series after just two seasons. Created and written by Dennis Heaton, the series premiered on Netflix in March 2019 with season 2 releasing in June of this year. Perhaps there just weren't enough people watching for Netflix to go back to the well for another batch of episodes, as Heaton has announced on Twitter that the show has officially been canceled.
"For two seasons I was honored to work with an incredible cast and crew on The Order for @netflix," Heaton posted. "It is one of the best experiences of my career. Unfortunately, we aren't returning, but I will always cherish the memories and the props I stole. Thank you all for watching."
For the heartbroken fans who can now only imagine a third season, Heaton also explains in a followup tweet where he would have taken the characters in season 3. He says, "PS - Jack was totally going to raise Alyssa from the dead, but she was going to come back wrong. Like, Pet Sematary wrong. Probably possessed by Zecchia. And a whole bunch of other corpses were coming back with her."
For what it's worth, Heaton hasn't completely given up hope that he'll be able to give the story a proper conclusion some day. In response to one fan of The Order on Twitter asking if there's any chance of a spinoff, Heaton appeared to remain optimistic. "Honestly, who knows -- in the back of my mind I'm hoping for a ten year reunion movie," he said.
The Order starred Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Katharine Isabelle, Matt Frewer, Sam Trammell, Max Martini, and Louriza Tronco. The series follows college student Jack Morton (Manley) who joins a secret society called the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose that teaches and practices magic. As he delves further into the history of this new world, he uncovers an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts. Assisting Jack in his mission to avenge his mother's death is Alyssa (Grey), a fellow member of the Order, which is led by Jack's estranged father (Martini).
Both streaming seasons of The Order managed to earn perfect 100% Certified Fresh ratings at Rotten Tomatoes, a rare feat for any small-screen series. Because it's rather clear that critical reception wasn't the issue, it seems likely that the fate of The Order came down to how many subscribers were watching. Netflix doesn't publicly release their viewership numbers, so it's not known how many people were tuning in for each season.
Netflix is infamous for canceling its shows far too soon, with titles like Santa Clarita Diet, GLOW, and now The Order getting axed prematurely. Still, the company insists that it just seems like they cancel more shows than they actually do. Netflix's Global Head of TV, Bela Bajaria, recently pointed to titles like The Ranch, Grace & Frankie, and The Crown to remind subscribers that they have plenty of long-running shows in the mix as well. Still, that will probably be of little consolation to fans of The Order amid the news of its cancelation. This news comes to us from Dennis Heaton on Twitter.