Why is Reservation Dogs ending with season 3? (the showrunner weighs in)

Reservation Dogs -- "Pilot" - Episode 101 -- One year after the death of their friend, four Native teens commit crimes to fund their efforts to leave their home in rural Oklahoma. Written by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi; Directed by Sterlin Harjo. Bear (D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Cheese (Lane Factor) and Willie (Paulina Alexis), shown. (Photo Courtesy of FX on Hulu)
Reservation Dogs -- "Pilot" - Episode 101 -- One year after the death of their friend, four Native teens commit crimes to fund their efforts to leave their home in rural Oklahoma. Written by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi; Directed by Sterlin Harjo. Bear (D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Cheese (Lane Factor) and Willie (Paulina Alexis), shown. (Photo Courtesy of FX on Hulu) /
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It’s the end of the road for Reservation Dogs. FX has confirmed the third season of the dark comedy will also be its last. Why is it ending so soon?

Premiering in 2021, Reservation Dogs focuses on four young indigenous teens in a rural Oklahoma town. The quartet spends their time committing petty crimes to fulfill their dream of moving to California to honor a late friend.

The show is notable for being written, directed, produced, and acted by a nearly all-indigenous cast and production team. It’s also filmed in Oklahoma, winning widespread acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Independent Spirit Awards.

Season 2 wrapped up in September 2022, and expectations have been high for it to continue. So ending the series with its third season is a shock to fans, making some wonder if FX is canceling the show. Instead, it’s the creator’s own choice.

Why is Reservation Dogs ending?

The decision to end a show that seems to have so much more life to it may be unexpected. But talking to TV Line, Harjo simply said he felt it was time.

"I always knew what the end of this story would be; I just didn’t know when it would arrive. As we continued to break stories and write scripts this season, it became clear to the producers, Taika, and me, that the season 3 finale is the perfect SERIES finale. When we came up with the idea for Reservation Dogs, I didn’t think the show would ever get made, but thankfully it did. The first and most basic idea for us as Native people was to show the world that Native humor and Natives are funny. Almost all television and film depictions about Native people are mostly inaccurate. And most of them have been untruthful. It has been a gift to us to show the world a different perspective of Indigenous people and our culture. Most important of all, it has been a dream to collaborate and make a show that is entirely written by, directed by, and stars Native people. These are our stories, and they represent our people. We know it’s an enormous responsibility, and we never took that lightly."

Fans won’t have too much longer to wait for Reservation Dogs‘ final season. It’ll premiere Aug. 2, 2023 on Hulu. However, it’s not a binge release so viewers will get to savor the cast’s last adventure as episodes release weekly on Wednesdays. There’s a total of ten episodes in the third season. So while fans are saddened by the news that Reservation Dogs is ending, at least it’s on its own terms and ready to conclude its story just the way the creators wanted.

Reservation Dogs seasons 1-2 are streaming on Hulu.

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