Why won’t Netflix give ‘Anne With an E’ a well-deserved season 4?
“Isn’t it amazing how every day can be an adventure?” Oh how we miss hearing Anne’s heartened expressions of true joie-de-vivre. The wide-eyed red-headed protagonist of Anne With an E sets our souls ablaze as kindred spirits watch her stumble through youthful adventures in her coming-of-age tale.
The endearing Netflix series is derived from the sprawling pages of the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, and its charming content has continued to make for a stirring & relevant story throughout all three seasons. The progressive Anne With an E adaptation has been applauded for its resolute portrayal of slavery, Indigenous boarding schools, sexual assault, and feminism.
While the Anne With an E season 3 finale certainly has moments of exciting resolution, fans were crushed to hear that Netflix pulled the rug from under such a precious show and that there would be no season 4. We’re left shaking our fists at Netflix asking, “why – why take Anne With an E away from us?”
When Anne With an E was cancelled in 2019, fans as well as the cast & crew of the series were up in arms, organizing petitions (which got over 1.5 million signatures), hashtag campaigns, and even inspired hotshot celebrities like Ryan Reynolds & Sam Smith to stand up for the show.
But alas, all of the tremendous efforts were in vain because the plug was inevitably pulled, and there’s currently no intention of bringing Anne With an E to our screens again. Hopes for an Anne With an E season 4 are tragically unrequited for the time being, and nothing on the horizon appears to change the show’s fate.
Why was it cancelled?
Who do we have to blame for cutting off our connection to the delightful tales of Anne & friends? What does Netflix have to say for itself? Here’s how the Canadian Broadcast Company and Netflix said goodbye in a joint statement:
“We’ve been thrilled to bring the quintessentially Canadian story of Anne with an E to viewers around the world. We’re thankful to producers Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier and to the talented cast and crew for their incredible work in sharing Anne’s story with a new generation. We hope fans of the show love this final season as much as we do, and that it brings a satisfying conclusion to Anne’s journey.”
Well Netflix, we’re not satisfied with the conclusion, and the creator wasn’t ready to give up on the series either. “Please know that we fought,” creator Moira Walley-Beckett wrote on Instagram. “We tried to change their minds. We tried to find a new home. We tried for a finale movie . . . We tried our best . . . Art and Commerce is never an easy marriage.
“I often find it inexplicable,” Walley-Beckett continued. “This is one of those times. But it’s impossible to argue with words like Economics, Algorithms, Demographics, etc., etc. But those words and others like them are the reason why the Networks don’t want to continue.”
With no network willing to invest in Anne With an E, producer Miranda de Pencier could only concur with Walley-Beckett, assuring fans that the series was indeed over. However, Anne With an E season 3 came out on Netflix around the same time CBC cut ties with Netflix, so some theorize the series was simply caught in the crossfire. With the huge adoring fanbase, we doubt the cause was all about numbers.
Justice for Ka’kwet
With plenty of source content and intriguing storylines, we could make so many arguments to give Anne With an E a season 4 or movie or something, but we’re going to focus on one glaring plot point we simply cannot give up on. The most prominent question on our mind is: what happens to Anne’s Indigenous friend Ka’kwet?
Anne’s future may be tied up all neat in a pretty bow with her family history known, her romance with Gilbert finally ignited, and her educational future all ready to go, but Ka’kwet’s story was left on a despairing cliffhanger.
Anne With an E season 3 added Indigenous Mi’kmaw characters, casting Indigenous actors to play the important roles. According to Mi’kmaw writer Kispesan, Anne With an E excels as a settler show due to the “care and respect put into representing the peoples they are using in their stories.” Ka’kwet & Anne are fast friends in the show, truly treasuring how diversity broadens the mind.
Honoring an accurate telling of history, Anne With an E depicts the horrors of Canada’s Indigenous residential schools as Ka’kwet faces deeply traumatic experiences in one of these abusive assimilation institutions. At one point she is able to escape from the school and reunite with her family, but sadly, like so many true stories of the time period, she is captured again.
Characters of diverse races & sexualities who face discrimation like Bash & Cole get a taste of resolution throughout the series as they develop, but no such justice is given to Ka’kwet or her parents who are shown waiting indefinitely outside of the school, praying for a moment they can rescue their daughter. Leaving Ka’kwet’s ending unknown & unsafe is a great injustice that Anne With an E season 4 would undoubtedly resolve.
Are you praying for Ka’kwet and Anne With an E season 4? Let us know in the comments.
I want Anne with an E Season 4 !!!
This was not a conclusion at all!!
I want justice for Ka’kwet‘a story line and I want to follow Anne’s story and those of her friends.
Come on how can they not do another season with this huge fan base??April 19, 2021
Stephen G. Berry
My wife and I just discovered Anne with an E two weeks ago and it has to be one of the best if not the best and most heartwarming, inspiring and most well produced series of anything we have ever watched. We were heartbroken when we discovered that there is no season 4 in the works. When I think how hard it is to find something worthwhile to watch on Netflix and this FANTASTIC series isn’t being renewed did incredulous. I pray someone picks this series up and keeps going with it. We feel like we have lost a community, our family and those characters we have come to love and hold up as role models to our children and grandchildren. What can we do to help??????May 3, 2021
We totally agree. Fabulous, thought provoking, positive series – with wonderful characters. Btw In addition to Ka’Kwet’s fate, there’s Sabastian, Miss Stacy, Minnie May, Matthew, Marilla, Jerry, Billy, Prissy, …
Gotta have at least a 4th season. Or a large movie.May 7, 2021
I fell on this series and I’ve been stuck.. now that its come to an end.. I am devastated.. there’s so many questions. What happened to Kamkwet?? Did her family ever get her back? What about the other children?? What made Diane’s parents change their mind? Does Sebastain and Miss Stacey get together? How does the story unfold with Gilbert and AnnE??
Do many questions!!!May 23, 2021
I can tell you that Anne becomes a teacher and Gilbert becomes a doctor. They get married and have six children. I can’t tell you what happens to the other characters like Ka’kwet or Sebastien they weren’t in the books. Diane’s story is a bit different in the book so hard to say how they would’ve had things go. But in the books she and Anne remained close and she married and had a family.May 30, 2021
Bring and with an E season backJune 11, 2021
Bring back Anne with an E it’s totally unfair to close off season three with it not ending right come on now every show that gets good always getting canceled and I was 18 watching because it’s very good please
Keep fighting.August 7, 2021
Bring Anne with an E back! Such a great series.September 24, 2021
The word fantastic is not enough to describe this show. I love every character of this show, the plot, cinematography, scenes and the lines. It changed me, my perspectives in every aspect of life. I am so fond of this show. I feel like I am destined to watch it at this age, I am currently in a depth of despair of my life, I feel pain, sorrow, agony and empty in the past few months and this show is my comforted me. It gives me hope… to continue living… and go see the world and follow my dreams. It opened my eyes wider and gives more scope for my imagination. There are so many thing that I learned from this show. Especially on History, Gender Equality, Gender Identity, Individuality, Family, Freedom of Speech, Differences, Psychological Trauma, Child Abuse, Abandonment, Poverty, Teen life, Pressure on Conformity, Culture, Religion, Discrimination, Racism, Sexual Harassment, Feminism, and much more. That’s why this show deserves to have season 4, a show like this should be the one having a lot of seasons. It discusses the real problems and trajectories that a society is facing from then to now. I’m really hoping for Season 4. This show is my kindred spirit.
Please! season 4 is a must!December 4, 2021
Sorry for the grammatical errorDecember 4, 2021