Earlier this week, fans learned that Archer creator Adam Reed planned to end his animated spy comedy after its tenth season -- the last on his current contract at FX.
The news was bittersweet, since it meant a guaranteed three more seasons (season eight will air in 2017), but that the end was near for the cult-hit series.
“The plan is to end Archer after season 10,” Reed said during a recent podcast appearance. “I don’t know that anybody has table 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.”
“I was gonna end it after 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,” Reed continued. “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.”
The first of those sees season 8 heading to 1947 for a kind of re-imagined version of season one which will allow them to bring back a number of familiar faces and voices in slightly different roles.
Coming just days before the cast assembled for a panel at New York Comic Con, Reed had to know that he would be pressed on the comments -- and he came prepared.
When a fan asked why he had "ruined Comic Con" by making the announcement, Reed said that he had done it specifically to ruin that fan's convention experience in particular.
After the laughter in the room quieted down, Reed said that while the current plan was to end the show after season ten, "ask me again in two and a half years" and his answer might be different.
Archer season eight currently has no official release date, although rumors indicate that it could air as early as January.