Netflix has yet to renew its hit original series “Marco Polo” for season 3 which leads to speculations that the franchise may possibly be cancelled.
Rumors have it that the one of the biggest factors that seem to weigh heavily on the fate of the series is its alleged budget. When the streaming giant service picked up the title from its initial home network Starz, it reportedly dished around $90 million to have an epic production of ten episodes for a single run. The money is believed to have been allotted to making costly costumes and prop settings.
What may have added to the assumption that the show will be axed is that it allegedly garnered a drop in ratings for the sophomore season as compared to its freshman run. It also received mixed reactions from both fans and critics, with some seemingly not in favor of how the stories were told.
Some viewers are still hoping that they will see what takes place after Prester John appeared to attack Kublai Khan’s (Benedict Wong) camp in the finale of season 2. If the former is indeed responsible for the incident, the two powerful men could potentially have an exciting face-off in the new installment. Some even suggested that the iconic Mongol leader may die at the hands of the mysterious warrior.
Meanwhile, there is hearsay that Wong may be the reason for the cancellation as he is reportedly planning to leave the series. It is deemed that it will be hard to continue the narrative without the star who has successfully pulled off the historical leader’s characteristics.
Since neither Netflix nor any of the producers have commented on the matter, available information should be taken with a grain of salt. More details are expected to be revealed in the following weeks.