The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling will return for another season of highs and lows with Netflix renewing GLOW for a fourth season. Fans of the acclaimed series have been anxiously awaiting news of a renewal, which has been made extra nerve-wracking as Netflix has been making cancellations more of a regular fixture.
Without spoiling anything for those who have yet to fall for the charms of GLOW, the third season ended on a major cliffhanger which would have made for a frustrating conclusion had GLOW not been picked up for another run. While I'm thrilled we're getting more GLOW, the good news does come with the not so good news that the fourth season will be the last. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, co-showrunner Liz Flahive spoke passionately about getting to end the series on their own terms.
“We have a full story to tell and whether or not we’re idiots for not giving ourselves an ending this season remains to be seen. We’ve played it this way every season, where we’ve sort of left it all on the field. This show has a big heart and a big cast and big story to tell, and other people are not going to set that limit for us. We can’t do that, because it wouldn’t be fair to what we’re trying to do. We’d love to have the opportunity to give the show a satisfying ending.”
Netflix has made a string of highly publicised cancellations, including the recent mishandling of The OA. An ambitious series with an avid following that waited two years for the second season, only to have their loyalty rewarded with an abrupt cancellation. Seriously, after that ending? Netflix has started to garner a bad reputation for dropping TV shows, more specifically, dropping TV shows, leaving them incomplete. Not every series was as lucky as Sense8 that got a feature-length sendoff, or One Day At A Time which was eventually picked up by another network. Ultimately, Netflix is a business, and it needs to make decisions based on what shows are working. That said, subscribers are becoming increasingly frustrated, which was only too visible with Netflix's recent share price drop.
Potentially unsustainable business models aside, the key take-home here is that GLOW is coming back for a victory lap season to give these fantastic characters the farewell they deserve. Well, another three seasons and a movie would have been nice, but I'll take ten more episodes over no more episodes. GLOW's final season will arrive summer 2020.