The seven seasons of Archer that have been broadcast so far have provided one hell of a rollercoaster ride through the exciting lives of the espionage experts of what is now The Figgis Agency. After a bit of a wobble in the middle when it seemed like the gang were heading in a completely different direction, the seventh season had all the ingredients that made Archer so addictive in the first place and it felt like they might just go on forever, solving mysteries and causing havoc and dealing cocaine. Maybe one day baby AJ would take up her parents’ explosive mantle and it really would go on indefinitely…
But, outside of the realm of fanfiction, it looks like that won’t be the case.
In a discussion with Murmur Podcast, Adam Reed, creator of the series, made it clear that he was thinking about wrapping up the show within the next few seasons. He said,
The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don’t know anybody that has talked about that, but that is my plan to do 8, 9, and 10 — and they’re each going to be shorter seasons of just eight episodes — and then wind it up.
This means, now that we’re on the brink of the eighth season – which is due out early in 2017 – that we’re much closer to the end of Archer than the beginning. In fact, there could be fewer than 25 episodes of Archer left to go before it’s all over. Provided, of course, that FX treat Adam Reed the way Fox treats Family Guy and The Simpsons and just forces the show to keep going until it’s not funny any more.
That can be pretty big news to have dropped on you when you’re not expecting it, especially if you’ve really got carried away with your fantasies for the future of the gang. It also comes really close on the heels of the news that Cartoon Network will be wrapping up Adventure Time within a couple of seasons too.
So let’s hope there are some writers, artists and animators out there are working on the kind of awesome TV shows that can fill the gaps these favorites will leave behind.