The groundbreaking hit series Reservations Dogs is coming to an end. Co-creator Sterlin Harjo announced today on Instagram that season three will be the final season. To be clear, the show has not been canceled. Harjo says in his statement that the move is the “correct decision creatively for the show.” See his instagram post below.
In the statement, Harjo said, “ 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 three 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.”
FX also released a statement, saying:
People throw around the words historic and groundbreaking far too often and without merit: ‘Reservation Dogs’ is worthy of those superlatives. Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi created one of the most important TV shows ever made. They gave the world a wholly unique, original, and honest portrayal of Native people—one that has never before been seen in television or film. It’s difficult to say goodbye to these indelible characters and to an award-winning series that The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and Vulture named The Best Show of 2022. That said, we support Sterlin and Taika’s decision to end the series in a way that will cement its legacy. We, along with our partners at Hulu, are forever grateful to the producers, writers, directors, cast, crew and the Native land and communities in eastern Oklahoma who collaborated to make this masterpiece. While we’re sad to see the show come to an end, we’re excited for Sterlin, Taika and Garrett Basch to continue to tell stories for FX. And Rez Dogs fans, we hope you share our excitement and anticipation for the coming season.
Reservation Dogs is the first show created, written, and directed by Native creatives with an all Native lead cast. The show stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor. For the past two years, we watched as their story unfolded and gave the world a glimpse of what it’s like growing up Native in Oklahoma. The series’ supporting cast, also all Native, includes Zahn McClarnon, Elva Guerra, Dallas Goldtooth, Sarah Podemski, Jude Barnett, Xavier Bigpond, Lil Mike and Funny Bone.
I’m sad to see it go. Especially since the story is located and filmed just down the road from me. The Indigenous language is the language of my maternal grandmother, who lived in “The Village” on Martha Dr. A lot of the characters and their stories are familiar and relatable. Hopefully television and stream execs noticed how different the stories are and how there is a market for them. I just hope they see out Native storytellers instead of just hiring Native consultants.
In the Mvskoke language, there is no word for goodbye. There’s only “until we meet again.” So to Sterlin, Taika, Devery, Paulina, D’Pharoah, Lane and the entire cast and crew of Reservation Dogs … Mvto!! Hvtvm Ceheares!
Reservation Dogs returns to FX on Hulu on August 3. You can watch season 1 on the FX network on Monday nights. Season one and two are available on Hulu.