Bojack Horseman came, conquered, and is now leaving us. The Netflix show created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an animated series set in a quirky animal-human mix bred world signifying the most serious issues while retaining humor. The show started airing in 2014. The lead character Bojack Horsman (half-horse, half-man) embodying fame, a toxic childhood, and consequentially long-term personality issues, is a complex character who might be resented by many but is loved by most.
Now it’s almost 2020, and six years later, the curtains are closing for the beautiful series that had become an attachment for fans.
Was BoJack Horseman Cancelled By Netflix?
Fans of the show had grown close to each and every character over the last six years. A plausible reason for this may be how intricately and soulfully each storyline represents a struggle that anyone can relate to. Bojack Horseman is filled with comedy and satire but it’s dark, depressing, and real– something that hits just the right chord in you.
Of course, it’s easy letting go of a show that the audience seemed to not get enough of. In fact, when it was announced that Season 6 of Bojack Horseman will be the last, we were riddled with many questions.
“Why is Bojack Horseman ending already?” “Did the writers decide that it’s time? Did Netflix cancel it?”
For some time, there had been no official news to tell us for sure. But it did seem to be the case, as per speculation and other hints.
One was when Aaron Paul (the voice of Todd Chavez) shared his feelings about it on Twitter saying,
“…sadly Netflix thought it was time to close the curtains and so here we are. They gave us a home for 6 beautiful years. Nothing we could do about it.”
It was undoubtedly crystal clear with no room for speculation.
But at the same time ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ stated, the decision to end the show was a creative one taken by Bob-Waksber.
So, the truth still remained hazy, up till now.
Bojack Horseman is ending because of Netflix
We finally have a complete and honest answer. There’s no Bojack Horseman Season 7 simply because Netflix chose to end the series. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg confirmed that it wasn’t his decision to end the show.
He also said that the show could continue for a couple more years but Netflix decided it was time to end.
Well, Bojack Horseman was lucky in the sense that at least, the show makers were conveyed the decision so they had enough time to wrap up the story properly. Mostly, shows don’t have the privilege to do so.
“They don’t have to do that, obviously. But I said I would appreciate it if I could have the forewarning to give the show a proper finale, and not set up some cliffhangers that will never pay off. So when they picked up season six, they said, ‘Hey, remember how you asked for that heads-up? We think that this is your heads-up.’ So I’m very grateful that we got that notice.”
–Raphael Bob-Waksberg on ending ‘Bojack Horseman’
There is a Bright Side…
Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is absolutely not sad about this decision. In fact, he is grateful for wrapping up his creation in a conclusive way.
In more positive news, Bojack Horseman is one of THE longest-running shows on Netflix. This is a huge success for the show and it’s creators considering most shows don’t last for more than a season or two. Bob-Waksberg commented,
“..A lot of things on Netflix don’t get second seasons. I think it’s a very busy landscape. It’s hard to make an impression. I think we just got very lucky when we premiered.”
Another factor to keep in to account is that Netflix cost structures work in a way that means that the longer a show gets, the more expensive it is becoming to make them. It is believed that payments usually significantly increase after three seasons. Of course, if a show has great ratings then it becomes worth it to continue its production.
In that sense, Bojack Horseman ran for a good six seasons which is huge considering it outlasted many other Netflix Original series. So we don’t need to get all worked up on why there is no Season 7.
As per Waksberg himself:
“You know, it’s a business. They’ve got to do what’s right for them, and six years is a very healthy run for a TV show. Frankly, I’m amazed we got this far. So I can’t complain. I think if we premiered on any other network, or even on Netflix on any other time than when we did, I don’t know if we would’ve gotten the second season.
Season 6 Part-2: Bidding Farewell to Bojack
Now that we have all our questions and assumptions sorted, we can say goodbye to Bojack Horseman with peace and contentment. Of course, we can’t have enough of a show when we love it so much. But we can agree that it really is time for the show and it’s story to wrap, and give each character their happy (or not happy) ending.
It seems like the talented Bojack creator feels much the same way. But we just have to accept that this story is over for now. He spoke to the Vulture:
“I don’t know. I mean, I don’t want to rule anything out, but I will say, I am very happy with where we leave all the characters at the end of the show. Right now, I’m not itching to tell more stories in this universe, even though there were more stories that I would’ve been happy to tell.
The thing about BoJack is it’s very much focused on BoJack the character, right? So, it’s hard to imagine doing the show where he’s not going through something, that’s still about his journey. Part of me feels like, oh, I would’ve liked to keep expanding the world, á la Springfield, and have an episode all about Lenny Turtletaub.
Or have an episode all about these other side characters that we don’t really spend as much time with. I feel like we got to do a little bit of that on BoJack, but I also feel like it’s not what the show is. I think maybe there’s a limit to what we can do and still call it BoJack Horseman.