Our Flag Means Death officially over as the queer series fails to find a new home

The crew of the Revenge

Our Flag Means Death creator David Jenkins has announced that the queer pirate series has officially been canned, after failing to find a new home.

The series was cancelled in January, after only two seasons, disappointing queer fans who said it helped them to find their voice.

In response, a fan-led campaign paid for a gigantic advert in New York’s Times Square, demanding a third season. A petition was also launched, garnering more than 87,000 signatures. 

But there is no longer any hope of a u-turn, with Jenkins writing Instagram on Thursday (4 March) that “we’ve reached the end of the road, at least as far as this sweet show is concerned”. 

Jenkins added that the fan campaign, which was “noticed across the industry”, had led to “many meetings” about an alternative home for the show. He went on to thank everyone for their support, writing: “We won’t say goodbye, because we’re not leaving. We’re just taking a breather until next time we can share something together.” 

Comments under the announcement revealed the upset fans felt, with some even asking if crowd-funding was possible.

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The series followed the ocean-spanning romance between Stede “Gentleman Pirate” Bonnet, played by Rhys Darby, and Edward “Blackbeard” Teach (Taika Waititi) aboard their ship, the Revenge.

The second season received mixed reviews as the pair hung up their sea captain’s hats to pursue an on-land romance as innkeepers.