Witches of East End will not get a third season. Lifetime confirmed that it was cancelling the supernatural program, after it failed to win over viewers in the end. It will be disappointing for those who followed it right up to the end.
The second season ended with a major cliffhanger. Dash had switched bodies with Killian after being arrested for murder, while Wendy had given up her last life to save Tommy. She was left in the Underworld and came up against a sister that viewers had only just found out about on the show.
According to the Twitter feeds of the Witches of East End cast and crew, the cancellation was a shock. They were genuinely hopeful for a renewal, and explained that a third season was needed to wrap up the storylines. Richard Hatem, executive producer for the show, took to Twitter to explain that he did not quite understand the reason for the decision.
Maggie Friedman was also shocked. She had previously said that Lifetime had to renew the show. The second season ended on a big cliffhanger, and the third season was a necessity to finish it all off. The final six episodes of season two were considered the best episodes, considering how it changed the whole story-telling. New mythologies were introduced, and viewers were surprised by the change to the plot on a weekly basis.
There will not be a third season of Witches of East End, so Friedman teased what would have happened. This was the season to find out more about “The Gatherer.” Fans will remember that Ingrid saw her and her family with various titles in a book. There was a fifth woman who had been unidentified up until this point, and it seems like it was a third Beauchamp sister.
The show was loosely based on the novels by Melissa de la Cruz. It took the characters, but told a very different story. It was similar to the way that The Vampire Diaries took the basic characters and dramatically changed them.
Witches of East End actors took to Twitter to express their thanks to the crew for making it happen. They also thanked the viewers who stood by them throughout the two-year run. It is just a shame for them that they cannot tell the final part to the story. Many will always wonder whether Freya would tell the difference between Killian and Dash, and just who the father of Ingrid’s baby is. They will also want to know who killed Frederick in the season finale.
The writing was on the cards for a while for the show. The season two premiere brought in just 1.1 million viewers, losing 42 percent of its viewership from the pilot.
The Lottery has also followed Witches of East End with a cancellation. The only scripted show returning to Lifetime will be Devious Minds, which is a comedy. However, it is picking up new scripted shows UnREAL, The Clan of the Cave Bear, and Damien, a sequel to The Omen.
Hopefully, the writers will share the plans they had for the show. It is disappointing that Witches of East End will not return for a third season when there were so many interesting stories to tell.
By Alexandria Ingham