‘Archer’ Creator Says Series Will End After Season 10

Sterling Archer may have seemingly died in the seventh season finale of FX’s Archer, but no one seriously expected that to be the end of the character. After all, FX renewed the show for three seasons last June. But there is one man who can kill, Archer: series creator, Adam Reed. And Reed appears to have an end date in mind for our favorite animated spy comedy.

Via Splitsider, Reed appeared on the Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast and shared his plans to end Archer after ten seasons. “The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan – to do 8, 9, and 10 and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes – and then wind it up.”

Reed added that “I was gonna end it after [season] 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up are gonna be pretty different from what has come before, and they’re gonna be different from each other.”

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The last few seasons of Archer have radically changed the premise of the show, as part of Reed’s drive to keep the series fresh. But what really makes the show work are the quotable scripts and the terrific interplay of a voice cast that includes H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Lucky Yates, and Jessica Walter. We’re really gonna miss this show when it’s gone, but if Reed wants to go out on top, let him. As much as we love other long-running animated shows on TV, they may have also benefited from leaving the television stage before wearing out their welcome.

Archer season 8 will debut in 2017 on FX.

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