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‘1899’ Canceled by Netflix After Just One Season, According to Frustrated Show Creators

Sorry, 1899 fans. The ship has sailed for the possibility of a second season of the Netflix series, despite the show ranking as No. 2 on the streamer’s Top 10 chart during its debut week.

The news was announced in a Monday (Jan. 2) Instagram post shared by Baran bo Odar, who co-created 1899 alongside Jantje Friese. The duo also previously worked on Darkanother Netflix series that ran for three seasons from 2017 to 2020.

“With a heavy heart we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed,” reads the statement, which is signed by both Odar and Friese. “We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a 2nd and 3rd season as we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life. We know that will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were a part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”

Consisting of eight episodes, 1899 follows a group of passengers traveling from London to New York City onboard a steamship named Kerberos in, well, the year 1899. However, things take a mysterious turn when Captain Eyk (Andreas Pietschmann) attempts to save the Prometheus, a ship that had previously gone missing.

Aside from the bizarre events that follow, the series also features an ensemble cast hailing from various European countries including Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann and Miguel Bernardeau. Each actor spoke in their native language from English and French, to Spanish and Cantonese, to Danish and Polish, creating a multilingual masterpiece.

“Being true to the cultures and the languages was really important, we never wanted to have characters from different countries but everyone speaks English,” Friese previously told Deadline. “We wanted to explore this heart of Europe, where everyone comes from somewhere else and speaks a different language, and language defines so much of your culture and your behavior.”

Similarly to Dark, the creators had anticipated a three-season run, according to IndieWire, hence the major cliffhanger the first season’s final episode left off on. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll never know what was to come next.

1899 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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