Designated Survivor Season 4: Will There be a new season?

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  • The political thriller Designated Survivor has a successful run of three seasons
  • Many fans are expecting that there should have been another season of this show

The political thriller Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sunderland as the lead. The show centers on the character of Thomas Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the only survivor of a bombing on Capitol Hill, and he rises to the position of President of the United States. The show changed in its treatment, from its first to its third season, taking a more familiar approach and becoming more authentic politically. It premiered on ABC in 2016 and received good reviews. It returned with its second season in the following year. However, ABC canceled its third instalment in May 2018. But that was not the end of the show. Netflix stepped in, and the S3 of the series debuted on the player on June 7, 2019. After three seasons of thorough entertainment, Designated Survivor, fans await its fourth season.

Will there be a Designated Survivor Season 4?

The ardent followers of the show anticipated Season 4 of Designated Survivor to be released somewhere in 2020; however, in July 2019, Deadline confirmed that Netflix had pulled the plug on the show and there would be no season 4 of Designated Survivor. Confirming curtains down for the show, in a statement, Netflix said, “We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come.” They added, “We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Baer for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah, along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

Designated Survivor Reason For Cancellation

Netflix and the show’s distributor, Entertainment One, had only one-year contracts with the show’s actors. This factor implied that the contracts ended when the season did. Some behind-the-scenes logistics (ratings/ viewership) also may have contributed to the show’s cancellation.

Designated Survivor Season 4: What all could have happened?

There were many questions left unanswered in season 3, and we were hoping to get answers to the same in the subsequent season. In season 4, President Kirkman’s guilt regarding his misconduct could have surfaced, and that could have been an interesting storyline to watch out for. Moss’ non-involvement in the bio attack plot could have been out in the open; Kirkman could have faced public ire. The season could have explored more into Emily paying for deviating from her principles. Furthermore, there could have been additional tracks like Seth Wright getting involved with the mother of his sperm donor child, Aaron Shore and Isabel’s track post her pregnancy revelation, the politics could have thickened, etc. Overall, there are a lot of potential directions that they could have ventured in had it been up for renewal. But, sadly there is no word on the show coming back.

Designated Survivor Season 3: The story Arc so far

In Season 3, the characters had a paradigm shift. Their actions and nonactions bore distinct consequences. Tom Kirkman, the main character, is torn by his choice to withhold the information regarding Cornelius Moss, his opponent. Kirkman learned early in the season that Cornelius Moss was unrelated to the bio attacks scheme that was supposed to eliminate a certain proportion of voters. However, he remained silent, contributing to his second-term electoral victory. Emily also betrayed her convictions during the season by disclosing details about Moss. However, she later rectified the wrong she did. The show concluded on a high note, with Kirkman talking about the transparency of governance after being reelected and Emily walking away with a troubled conscience. Tom Kirkman wonders if it is something he did or if this is who he is now.

Designated Survivor Premise

The President and every member of the Administration are killed after an explosion destroys the Capitol Building on the eve of the State of the Union, except for Thomas Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who was supposed to be the only survivor. Unaware that the assault is only the start of what is to come, Thomas Kirkman immediately takes the oath of office. In the series, he encounters numerous difficulties as he tries to balance his political goals and the pressure to be taken seriously as the President.

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