Twisty time travel drama Continuum picked up for shortened final season

It took a few months longer than expected, but we finally know the fate of the fantastic time-travel drama Continuum. We’ve got some good news and some bad news.

Word on a renewal or cancellation was supposed to have come several months ago from Canada’s Showcase network — Syfy airs the show in the U.S. — but the decision was delayed while the network and studio went back and forth on funding to determine whether another season of the ambitious drama was viable.

Well, it was apparently viable — just not for a full 13-episode season. Series creator Simon Barry and star Rachel Nichols have both confirmed that the series will return for a fourth and final season of six episodes in 2015, which will apparently wrap up the in-freaking-sane cliffhanger that left fans stunned at the end of season three.

Obviously, we’re glad to hear the writers will get a chance to bring the series to a close, and fans won’t be left hanging on a cliffhanger forever. But we really hate to see this series end. It took a while to get rolling, but the past two seasons have made for one of the smartest sci-fi shows on TV this side of Orphan Black.

What started as a black-and-white show about a future-cop sent to the present to stop a group of terrorists evolved into a series about alternate timelines, tough decisions and the realization that maybe the side you’ve been fighting for all this time isn’t actually the right one. It was ambitious in a way that drew some immense depth into its characters, and it will be missed. At least we still have six more episodes to see how it all turns out.

No word yet on whether Syfy (Blastr’s corporate owner -Ed) will pick up the final season in the U.S., but considering they’ve aired the first three seasons to relatively decent ratings, we’d think they’ll likely snag the final run, too.

Are you glad to see Continuum finally coming back? How do you think it will all end?

(Via Simon Barry)

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