The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fans were left devastated when Netflix announced it was cancelling the show back in the summer.
The fourth and final run of the supernatural drama landed on the service on New Year’s Eve, but there’ll be no more new episodes for viewers to enjoy in the future.
Many refused to accept the cancellation, launching a petition for the streaming giant to make more episodes of the cult show in July.
The coming-of-age show stars Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, a character who must learn to make her way in the fictional town of Greendale, tackling the forces of darkness and coming to terms with her identity as a half-witch, half-human.
After the show’s axing, we might never get to see creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa’s plans for a crossover between his two shows, Sabrina and Riverdale, either.
The show was well received by fans and critics alike, so why was the series cancelled in the first place?
Why was The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cancelled?
Sabrina is coming to an end after four seasons (Picture: Netflix)
In short, there’s no definitive answer as to why the series was axed by Netflix – but we might have a pretty good idea.
Michelle Gomez, who plays her character Madam Satan, got close to explaining why the series might have been cancelled by the streaming giant earlier this year.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, the 54-year-old said: ‘We had a really good run and considering Netflix’s business model typically sees shows run for two seasons so we did really well.’
As Michelle pointed out, it’s normal practise for Netflix to bring us a few seasons of a show before putting it to bed and moving on to something new.
Michelle Gomez stars as Madam Satan in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Picture: Warner Bros)
Ratings tend to level out when a show reaches its third or fourth seasons. As the streaming service strives for more variety, it often prefers to focus attention on new projects rather than make further seasons of established shows.
It’s also true that the longer a show goes on, the cost of production goes up as the cast members’ pay rises and budgets also tend to increase.
It’s sad news for fans to take, but it seems to be the way Netflix operate.
Some fans were also left baffled at the time, as to why Riverdale was kept on at the streaming service, but Sabrina was cancelled.
There’s a simple reason – Netflix didn’t choose to cancel Riverdale because it can’t. The streaming service shows the drama in international territories, but Riverdale is actually made by American network The CW, and Netflix doesn’t decide whether the show continues to be made or not.
The finale season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is out on Netflix.