As we enter the new year, some shows are not making it through 2023. Here are six shows ending after wrapping up their final season this year and where to watch them.
The mysteries surrounding Flight 828’s disappearance and reappearance are still up in the air in “Manifest.” In the first part of Season 4, the show is set two years after the murder of Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis) and the kidnapping of her infant daughter, Eden. The cast also revealed Death Day is only a year and a half away. “Manifest” managed to release the first half of this season in 2022 after previously being canceled. Unfortunately, this time it is not a false alarm. Though the date is unannounced, “Manifest” will be releasing their final 10 episodes of Season 4 and the show’s entirety later this year and is planned to unravel the rest of the show’s enigmas.
“Manifest” is available for streaming on Netflix.
2. “The Crown”
The sixth and final season of the historical drama surrounding the life of young Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) will be released in 2023. This will be an interesting and popular release as it is the show’s first season following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Sept. 2022. In Season 6 we will see a portrayal of the Royal Family in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. This includes the continuation of the divorce between Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) and Prince Charles (Dominic West) and the late princess’s 1997 death. A set date for when the season will be released on Netflix is not confirmed, however, based on the cycle of their five previous seasons, we can expect it in the second half of 2023.
“The Crown” is available for streaming on Netflix.
3. “The Flash”
It was confirmed in 2022 that The CW’s “The Flash” will not be continuing after their ninth season this year. This show follows a man named Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who gets struck by lightning and gains the ability to move at insane speed and later coins the nickname The Flash. On a continuous quest to search for his mother’s killer, The Flash comes in contact with many world-saving responsibilities and other individuals with the same power called the Speed Force. The trailer for Season 9 seems to show The Flash is about to face his biggest battle yet. He must defeat an evil “speedster” to save the world’s timeline with the help of a “map book” that can show events on paper before they happen.
Season 9 of “The Flash” will begin on The CW on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. EST. You can watch the trailer here.
4. “Fear the Walking Dead”
Since 2015, “Fear the Walking Dead” has been a zombie-packed and successful companion series to the original “The Walking Dead.” AMC announced 12 final episodes are set to release in two six-episode blocks for this series after “Walking Dead” also concluded in late 2022. Season 8 of “Fear the Walking Dead” will pick up right where Season 7 left off with Madison (Kim Dickens) and Morgan (Lennie James) attempting to escape PADRE, a secret government location after trying to rescue baby Mo, Morgan’s adopted daughter. PADRE’s acronym has not been revealed as to what it means or where it is, but fans are hoping that’s what’s in store for the final season. And although the end of “Fear the Walking Dead” is unfortunate, AMC announced two new spin-offs of the franchise to continue the legacy, so the zombie fans have absolutely nothing to worry about.
The first episodes of the final season of “Fear the Walking Dead” will premiere May 14 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC and AMC+. You can watch the trailer here.
5. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is coming to an end with Season 6 after a very successful run. The final season will continue to follow June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss). Season 5 ends with June escaping Canada alone with her daughter Nichole after her husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle) gets arrested. Even though there isn’t much of a set plot for Season 6, showrunner Bruce Miller told Entertainment Weekly “I feel like this is the most romantic Nick/June season ever because they spend the whole time trying to convince themselves they don’t need to be together.” The show’s ending, as well as the fate of June, is up in the air. The way the show concludes will also dictate the plot of the sequel series, “The Testament,” which still doesn’t have a set release date but will be set 15 years after the original series.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is available for streaming on Hulu.
The Seventh season of “Riverdale” will be its last after a five-year course of bringing the Archie Comics characters to life. The show started off as a seemingly realistic murder mystery. “Riverdale” spun off into a supernatural plot, making the drama as peculiar as ever. In Season 6, the characters worked with the superpowers they previously discovered and are sent to an alternate universe set in the 50s after Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) saves the town from a deadly comet and villain, Percival Pickens (Chris O’Shea). Season 7 will start off with the cast still stuck in the 50s as teenagers, and nobody is aware of the time jump except Jughead (Cole Sprouse). It’s unknown what new additions and adventures will arise in this final season and how they will snap back to reality, as viewers have been surprised with how much of a fantastical route the show has taken. The release date for Season 7 of “Riverdale” has not been announced, but fans can expect it in mid-to-late 2023.
“Riverdale” is available for streaming on Netflix.
7. “Never Have I Ever”
The popular coming-of-age comedy is ending in 2023 after its fourth and final season. Based on creator Mindy Kaling’s life, “Never Have I Ever” was loved by viewers, and it’s sad to see it won’t be continuing. The season will continue with Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) still stuck in a love triangle with Ben (Jaren Lewison) and Paxton (Darren Barnett) as Paxton prepares for college while the other two begin their senior year of high school. As Devi is approaching graduation, Season 4 will show what she decides to do with life in all aspects, such as what boy she picks, the college she will attend and how to maintain a healthy relationship with her family. There is also a new character introduced named Ethan (Michael Cimino), a very desirable new student in Devi’s school. Though the release date is not confirmed, previous release dates indicate Season 4 is most likely coming in the summer of 2023.
“Never Have I Ever” is available for streaming on Netflix. You can watch the Season 4 teaser here.
8. “The Umbrella Academy”
The dysfunctional Hargreeves family will return for a fourth and final season in 2023. The previous season left the family in a completely new timeline without their powers, and most of the family was split up. The most vital piece of information is still lingering: Where is Sloane/Sparrow Number 5 (Genesis Rodriguez)? It was confirmed by creator Steve Blackman in an interview with Netflix’s Tundum that the entire cast loved by viewers is making a return, including Elliot Page, Cazzie David and Tom Hopper. Season 4 will follow the once superpower-driven family through even more adventures and obstacles to maybe get their powers back and return to “normal.” Though there is no trailer or release date yet, the trailer is anticipated to release early this year.
“The Umbrella Academy” is available for streaming on Netflix.
By Amena Ahmed