Starz has cancelled Black Sails.
Having renewed the pirate drama for Season 4 last year, the cable network has suddenly announced that its 10-episode fourth season – to premiere in 2017 – will be the last in the series. There wont be a fifth season.
Attempting to control the cancellation narrative, co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg said of the show’s demise:
“It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years. While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island.”
Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik added:
“Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, along with their crew and the phenomenal cast, have delivered a spectacular take on the most legendary pirate story in literature, and this final season will bring us to the shores of Treasure Island as was always intended. Black Sails has been a tremendous success; from the loyal fan following and strong viewership numbers to awards recognition and the skill of our world-class production in Cape Town, we could not be more proud of this very special series.”
The decision to announce the end of Black Sails now, rather than at the time of the fourth season renewal, suggests Season 5 was possible until recently, hence the cancellation designation.