Not too long ago, we discussed how Netflix’s business model sadly keeps shows from going beyond a certain amount of seasons. Sadly, it seems that their cyberpunk series Altered Carbon was also affected by it. It was officially announced that the show would not return for a third season. The show based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel followed Takeshi Kovacs as he switched between different bodies. In the first season, he was played by Joel Kinnaman before Anthony Mackie took over in the second.
Deadline reports that this show wasn’t affected by COVID. The decision was already made back in April. It is common for Netflix to cancel shows around their second season. They also just recently canceled the shows The Society and I Am Not OK With This. Those, however, were due to the pandemic. Ironically, the show is from Skydance Television, who Netflix has worked on the comedy Grace and Frankie which will end its run with seven seasons.
Netflix is still working with Skydance as they are also the ones that produced The Old Guard. Sadly, it looks like Takeshi’s body-swapping story has come to an end. Maybe further down the line, they can revisit this world with a new cast but we did get a great interpretation with two very unique seasons. Netflix is already expanding its sci-fi slate with a new season of Another Life and Away. Who knows what else they are already working on for the future but we will be there to keep you updated.