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Warrior Nun fans, we’re sorry, but this news is going to hurt

Updated Jan 20th, 2023 1:41AM EST
Warrior Nun on Netflix
Image: Manolo Pavón/Netflix

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Well, Netflix has gone and done it again — canceling a fan-favorite series on the streaming giant, one that enjoyed a hardcore, passionate fandom whose members were holding their breath for news of either a renewal or the latest swing of the dreaded cancellation axe. Sorry, Warrior Nun fans — but in this case, it’s going to be the latter.

Creator Simon Barry confirmed the news in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, posting that “I’ve just found out that @netflix will not be renewing #WarriorNun — my sincere appreciation to all the fans who worked so hard to bring awareness to this series, and for the love you showed me, the cast and the whole production team. It was a privilege to be a part of this.”

Warrior Nun canceled after two seasons

According to our sister publication Deadline, Season 2 of the series spent three weeks in Netflix’s Weekly Top 10 in the English-language TV category, peaking at #5 — the implication being that wasn’t a strong enough showing to sustain the streamer’s interest in continuing to invest in it.

Moreover, Deadline’s report notes that Netflix reached its decision a month after the Season 2 debut of Warrior Nun, which would mean the cancellation was decided three days ago.

For what it’s worth, Season 2 of the series is still hanging on to a perfect 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes and a near-perfect 99% audience score (like we said, Warrior Nun’s fans are die-hard, which you’d assume would count for something). Moreover, that 99% audience score? It’s based on a staggering 7,932 Rotten Tomatoes user ratings as of this writing.

Suffice it to say, you almost never see perfect or near-perfect scores on the site with that volume of feedback from users. The more people who weigh in, the more often the score tends to trend downward.

Warrior Nun on Netflix
Alba Baptista as Ava Silva in episode 203 of “Warrior Nun” on Netflix. Image source: Netflix

“I’ve canceled my Netflix subscription,” one Twitter user lamented in response to Barry’s confirmation on Twitter of the cancellation. “First First Kill now Warrior Nun? That, without mentioning the others like Teenage Bounty Hunters — I’m not okay with this, everything sucks AND more. Seriously I’m done.”

Some (potential) good news

No surprise, the news has seen devastated fans coalesce around hashtags like #SaveWarriorNun. Thousands of fans have also signed — and, even today, are continuing to sign — a petition calling for a third season of the show.

Barry himself, meanwhile, provided fans a small glimmer of hope Tuesday evening.

In response to a fan asking him via a tweet whether it might be possible to take the show somewhere else, he confirmed that both he and the show’s production company “are looking into this. We will find out if there’s a path to moving #WarriorNun somewhere else. Will keep everyone posted.”

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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