Consider this the writing on the wall. The creator of FOX’s ‘The Gifted’, Matt Nix doesn’t believe that the X-Men-based live-action series will be back on the network for a third season. ‘The Gifted’ has never delivered huge ratings and there was even some question as to whether it would get a second season, but as Nix states “We’ve discovered is that fans of The Gifted are big fans of The Gifted. We have a solid fan base and it’s a little small for the broadcast networks. But we do well on streaming so there may be, my hope is that there’s something to work out in that realm.”
He also refreshingly states that should ‘The Gifted’ shift over to a streaming service, it won’t be for a massive 22-episode third season. He also shrugged off the suggestion that the ending of FX’s ‘Legion’ has anything to do with ‘The Gifted’ potentially wrapping up. “Legion is a great show but Legion was doing a very different thing. I think it’s fair to say that Noah had a story that Noah wanted to tell and that story, he had a story that he wanted to tell and he told that story in the universe of the X-Men. He didn’t really have an X-Men story to tell.”
Whether or not ‘The Gifted’ moves forward with a third season on a streaming service, it sounds as though fans won’t be left hanging the way fans of other sci-fi series have been.
“I’m really happy, I was just watching it before I came here. Basically, what’s exciting about it is it’s pretty epic. It completes our season in what I think is a really satisfying way and opens some really interesting questions promising some really cool story. I’m not a big fan of the crazy cliffhanger that sort of punishes the audience for hanging on. At the same time, you want something that says, “Hey, come back because there’s something fun to do here.” I feel like we found a good place with that. It’s pretty epic. It’s pretty big.”
Keep in mind, FOX has not officially announced a cancellation for ‘The Gifted’, but as Nix pointed out, the ratings aren’t strong, and when ambitious genre shows don’t do extremely well, they don’t last on networks, because they are too expensive to produce. But it sounds as though the creators do have plans beyond the end of Season Two and would like to tell those stories if given a chance.
Do you think FOX should give ‘The Gifted’ one more shot? If not, where would you like to see it end up?