For fans of Sanctuary that were hoping the Syfy series would be shown a little mercy and allowed to continue on with Season 5, I have some seriously grim news for you. I’m sure you can guess where this is going, so I’ll just cut to the chase; after months of waiting and wondering if the Season 4 finale would be it for the show, Syfy announced Sanctuary has been canceled. The Canadian-made series hasn’t been the most talked about science fiction program, lacking the fan-support of such shows as Warehouse 13 and Dr. Who, so it’s not surprising Syfy pulled the plug.
TVLine reported on the decision to axe Sanctuary, with series lead Amanda Tapping expressing her disappointment on Twitter, saying, “’Bloody hell’ indeed,” but she also thanked the show’s fans for all of their love and support. For a series that started out as a webseries with zero funding, everyone involved with Sanctuary should feel great pride for having lasted four seasons when by any stretch of the imagination they shouldn’t have even gotten one. It’s not like every webseries has the option of moving to a small network. That’s definitely a one in a million chance, so pat yourselves on the back cast and crew of Sanctuary. You beat the odds.
If you’re unaware of Sanctuary and what it’s about, here’s a crash course: it follows Dr. Helen Magnus and her team as they seek out cryptids, legends, or anything else we would call monsters. They protect these creatures, called “Abnormals,” by taking them to “The Sanctuary.” If that isn’t science fictiony enough for you, then you’ll be happy to hear there’s a good amount of time travel involved and Magnus is over 200 years old thanks to an injection of vampire blood that gave her long-lasting life. If any of that grabs your attention, why not check out the series? On the bright side, you’ll never have to wait for new episodes since, you know, there never will be new episodes.