Turns out, there is a future where 12 Monkeys is no longer on the air, and it’s coming sooner than we thought—Syfy has confirmed that after it dumps out the entirety of the third season over three days in May, the series will conclude with a fourth season. Wait, be kind and rewind: whaaaaa?
The plans were first revealed by Entertainment Weekly alongside the announcement of the show’s renewal for one more season. Starting May 19, Syfy will be doling out all of season three of the show—10 episodes in total—over a three day period. Episodes 1-4 will air on the 19th, 5-7 on the 20th, and then 8-10 on the 21st. The show will then return for final 10 episode season some time in 2018.
This is very sudden, and super strange way for 12 Monkeys’ end to come about. A final season renewal would be understandable. But paired with the news of bizarre way Syfy is rolling out the third season of the show, it seems like an uncharitable way to end one of the best shows on the channel—and a cornerstone in Syfy’s reinvention of its brand to refocus on traditional science fiction programming, alongside series like The Expanse, Dark Matter, and Killjoys. We’ll be very sad to see it go.