MVSKOKE RESERVATION, Okla. – As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”, and so too does the groundbreaking television series, “Reservation Dogs”. The show’s creator, Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Mvskoke) recently made the announcement that the show will conclude after its upcoming third season. The show was notable for featuring a cast and crew of Indigenous actors and filmmakers.
As for the reason why the series is concluding, Harjo explained that the filmmakers agreed it felt right to conclude the story with the ending they wrote for the upcoming season. Harjo released the following statement on the series’ conclusion through his Instagram account.
“Aho young and old warriors! Here it is: the coming third season of Reservation Dogs will be the final season Reservation Dogs. That’s a difficult line to write and a more difficult decision to make. However, it’s the correct decision creatively for the show. I always knew what the end of the story would be, I just didn’t know when it would arrive. As we continued to break stories and write scripts this season, it became clear to the producers, Taika and me that the season three finale is the perfect SERIES finale. When we came up with the idea for Reservation Dogs, I didn’t think the show would ever get made, but thankfully it did. It’s been incredible. A dream. Mvto for coming with us on this journey. Hvtvm Cehecares (until we meet again)”
After receiving positive critical reception and warm responses from audiences, “Reservation Dogs” became an overnight sensation when it first premiered. The success from the show would open up big opportunities for Harjo within the entertainment industry. He is currently set to work with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on the upcoming Netflix film, “Rez Ball”.
The show broke barriers by showcasing Native American culture on the reservation, as well as providing job opportunities for Indigenous writers, producers and directors. The show was also notable to locals for being shot on location within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Kahnawake Mohawk actor K. Devery Jacobs plays the character Elora on the show. This time around, she wore multiple hats as this season of “Reservation Dogs” will see her television directorial debut.
In response to the announcement that the upcoming season of the television series would be its last, Jacobs said “Niawenhkó:wa — hugs thanks to all who brought the show to life. But mostly to NDN (Indian) country — we made this for you.”
Mvskoke Media has provided on-going coverage on the television series, as well as its impact on Indian Country and Mvskoke Nation. Most recently, Rogers State University Fine Arts Professor Dr. Hugh Foley appeared on Live Wire to discuss how the show used RSU as a filming location for season three.
The final 10-episode season of “Reservation Dogs” is set to premiere on Aug. 2.