Will Netflix save Warrior?

Max has canceled Warrior after three seasons. Could Netflix step in to save the martial arts period drama?

Warrior Season 2 -- Photograph by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax
Warrior Season 2 -- Photograph by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax /
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If you’re looking for another period drama, one you may have overlooked was Warrior. The martial arts period drama is based on the writings of Bruce Lee, with his daughter Shannon helping to develop the show.

The series is set in the late 1800s, at the height of the Chinese coming over to San Francisco. It led to the creation of Chinatown, which saw the development of the Tongs within the boundaries of the area. Of course, there were plenty of racial tensions at the time, and this series stays true to history with the development of various acts to make it almost impossible for the Chinese to thrive in the new country.

When Cinemax canceled all its original programming, Max stepped in to save the show for a third season. However, that third season is now the last, and there’s a huge cliffhanger. Now it’s up to Netflix to potentially step in and save the show.

All three seasons of Warrior are coming to Netflix

The period drama stands a chance of finding a new audience, which could help to save it. All three seasons will head to Netflix under a non-exclusive license in February 2024, according to Deadline. This is similar to the way that Outlander went to Netflix under a non-exclusive license.

We know that Netflix is good for gaining new audiences to shows. Outlander found a new following, while Suits has gained new interest leading to the talk of a spin-off series. Could Warrior land something similar?

While it is possible, it could be tricky for the show to be saved. The issue is that Netflix isn’t getting the series until February. The cast has been released from contracts, which means many of them will move onto other projects by then. We already know that Andrew Koji, who plays Ah Sahm on the series, is going to be in Gangs of London. Without the main cast returning, it wouldn’t make sense to revive the show.

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Warrior is available to stream on Max.