Tyrant Cancelled After Three Seasons

Last night, what was meant to be Tyrant's season three finale is now its series finale. After three seasons, FX has cancelled creator Gideon Raff's Middle East-set drama. The show could find itself a new home, but as of this moment, after a total of 32 episodes, Tyrant is done.

Below, learn more about the Tyrant cancellation.

Set in the fictional city of Abuddin, Tyrant centers around the Al-Fayeed family. After making a life for himself in America as a pediatrician and a family man, Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the son of a Middle-eastern Tyrant, returns home. Despite wanting nothing to do with his father or his brother, he ends up staying after the passing of his father, to help guide his brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) as the new President.

In a statement, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf praised the talent behind the three seasons:

It's very difficult to find common ground with other people whose stories we do not know or understand. The creators of Tyrant have done their utmost over three seasons to tell American audiences a tiny fraction of the many gripping, human stories coursing through the Middle East today. We want to thank Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser and their talented team of collaborators, including all the writers, directors, cast and crew, as well as our studio partners at Fox 21 Television Studios, for taking on Tyrant's tremendously ambitious story with such profound dedication and respect.

Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke would like the series to continue elsewhere, but he has realistic expectations:

Tyrant' is a beloved show to all of us at Fox 21 Television Studios, and we are indebted to Howard and Chris for their incredible work, and to John Landgraf and everyone at FX who have been fantastic partners. We feel the show is a gem and we'd love to find a way to keep it in production. That said, we want to be realistic about its prospects. So for its loyal audience, tonight's episode will be a satisfying end should the series not find another home, but also provides interesting possibilities should we be able to continue on some other platform.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to leave the door open for future opportunities, but if Tyrant never gets a season four, hopefully, last night's finale, as Salke said, provided fans with a satisfying ending. The final season of Tyrant saw a drop in the ratings, and it wasn't warmly embraced by critics, either — although the FX series often seemed to get mixed reviews. The network is known for keeping some shows on the air that aren't exactly rating juggernauts – The Americans being a good example — but this season of Tyrant saw its lowest ratings yet.