Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones) can now beat his sword into a plowshare, since there will not be a second season of The Bastard Executioner TV show. FX has cancelled the Tuesday night drama after one season of ten episodes.
According to Deadline, creator Kurt Sutter, who also plays the Dark Mute character, knew the 14th century period drama would not return for season two, when he filmed the season one and series finale.
Deadline reports Sutter took out ads (below) in the trades, to thank the cast, crew, and the network. Said cast includes: Jones, Sutter, Stephen Moyer, Matthieu Charneau, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeny, Ethan Griffiths, and Ross O’Hennessy.
According to Deadline, Sutter did not break the bad news to the cast at the time, as the decision was not then final, and he did not want cancellation news to affect production. Last week, star Katy Sagal admitted she was not sure if there would be a second season.
As of episode nine, which aired Tuesday, November 10, 2015, The Bastard Executioner was not faring well in the ratings. Its to-date season average ratings in the 18-49 demographic was a mere 0.45, with a total average audience size of 1.26 million viewers. Dateline mentions that the ratings were not high enough, considering the cost of shooting on location, in Wales.
This show has been added to the growing list of shows that won’t be back next season.
What do you think? Do you like FX’s The Bastard Executioner TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled? Would you have watched a second season?