Max has cancelled its pirate comedy and queer romance series “Our Flag Means Death” after two seasons.

The axing comes three months after the second season finale aired in late October. The series was led by Rhys Darby as Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet and Taika Waititi as the gruff Captain Blackbeard/Edward Teach.

Though initially sold as a high seas comedy farce, by the back half of the first season the series evolved into one of the most inclusive shows on television with multiple LGBTQ+ romances treated with joy, sensitivity, care and humor – including its core Stede & Blackbeard relationship which saw genuine evolution.

In a statement to THR, a Max spokesperson says:

“While Max will not be moving forward with a third season of Our Flag Means Death, we are so proud of the joyous, hilarious, and heartfelt stories that creator David Jenkins, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Garrett Basch, Dan Halsted, Adam Stein, Antoine Douaihy, and the entire superb cast and crew brought to life. We also thank the dedicated fans who embraced these stories and built a gorgeous, inclusive community surrounding the show.”

Samson Kayo, Vico Ortiz, Ewen Bremner, Joel Fry, Matthew Maher, Kristian Nairn, Con O’Neill, David Fane, Samba Schutte, Nat Faxon and Leslie Jones co-starred in the series which now clocks in at a total episode count of 18.

The series scored very positive reviews, the first season at 93% (7.7/10) with critics and 94% (4.7/5) with audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. The second season maintained it with 96% (8.2/10) with critics and 92% (4.7/5) with audiences.

Creator David Jenkins, who had previously stated he had a three season plan in mind for the series, said in a post:

“I’m very sad I won’t set foot on the Revenge again with my friends, some of whom have become close to family. But I couldn’t be more grateful for being allowed to captain the damn thing in the first place.”

Though that three-season plan won’t be fulfilled, the second season finale finishes in such a way it feels like an ending (as opposed to the first season which ended on more of a cliffhanger).

Source: TV Line

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