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Kristin Lai

Sadly, fans of FX's The Bastard Executioner are in for some bad news. The historical fiction has been canceled after just one season. The medieval drama aired its first and last finale on November 17. After being met with lukewarm reviews, the creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter has decided to give the show the axe.

Sutter, who was also behind the network's seven-season hit Sons of Anarchy, made the announcement by placing an ad in The Hollywood Reporter. He also took the time to thoroughly thank the cast and crew for their hard work on the project.

Although this post makes if sound as if he left, and therefore the show is forced to end without him, this was not a rash decision made by Sutter alone. In a more in-depth interview with THR he clarified that it was more of a mutual agreement with FX.

I love this show, I love the mythology, but, you know, it almost f—ing killed me. I don't write in a vacuum. I'm not the guy sitting in my ivory tower spitting shit out not caring if anyone is watching. I like an audience. I don't want to write something that nobody's f—ing watching. And yes, some of that is ego. But some of it is just, [if no one's watching] then I'm not necessarily doing my job. John and I have been in touch the whole time, and it's not like it had a chance and I said, "Let's not take it." But yes, it was a mutual decision in terms of the timing of it.
...also, I didn't want to string the cast along. I just think it's unfair when that happens, when people don't find out for another three months whether they have a job in May. To me, the way we are handling it — in terms of, is it going to happen? Is it going to work? Let's figure it out, give me a yes or no — is the way it should be done.

While fans of the show are upset with the sudden decision to pull the plug so soon, Sutter's reasoning is understandable. Thinking long-term it's likely best for everyone to move along now, rather than string along what seems to be the inevitable. In any case, I don't think this will be the last we hear of Kurt Sutter or his cast.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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