In a bittersweet revelation for fans of the supernatural sitcom, it has been confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of “What We Do in the Shadows” will mark the end of the fantastic journey for the Staten Island vampire coven. Unveiled by Vulture, this revelation follows the much-celebrated renewal of the series for an additional two seasons at the conclusion of its fourth season, a decision that left ardent fans eagerly anticipating more nocturnal escapades with Nandor, Nadja, Laszlo, Colin Robinson, and their loyal human familiar, Guillermo.
A spin-off emanating from Taika Waititi’s 2014 film of the same name, “What We Do in the Shadows” metamorphosed into a bona fide cult phenomenon, amassing 21 Emmy Nominations and clinching the Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes accolade in 2022. However, despite the series’ accolades and a devoted fan base, the showrunner, Paul Simms, has decided to bid adieu to the undead ensemble, raising questions about the rationale behind concluding the saga.
The driving force behind the decision to draw the curtain on the series was revealed by Simms himself. The paramount query that needed resolution before the grand finale was the fate of Guillermo, portrayed by the talented Harvey Guillén. In a surprising turn of events, Guillermo, the human familiar, achieved his long-standing desire to transform into a vampire during the fifth season, only to renounce his immortality and revert to humanity. It appears that this transformation, and its subsequent reversal, aptly concluded Guillermo’s character arc, paving the way for a poignant farewell.
Undoubtedly, “What We Do in the Shadows” has etched its name among the finest vampire series to grace the television screen, seamlessly blending the macabre with irreverent humor. The show’s ensemble cast, featuring Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Matt Berry, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén, delivered performances that resonated with viewers, yet the series has been notably absent from the winner’s circle when it comes to individual accolades. The absence of Emmy Awards for the cast, despite their incredible and humorous portrayals, remains a perplexing oversight.
As fans lament the impending departure of the beloved series, it’s worth noting that “What We Do in the Shadows” has enjoyed a commendable six-season run—a milestone that eluded other iconic vampire shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “True Blood,” both of which experienced diminishing returns after their respective fifth or sixth seasons. Perhaps, in the realm of immortal narratives, this is an opportune juncture for our nocturnal compatriots to take their final bow.
While bidding adieu to the series is undoubtedly a melancholic affair for fans, the silver lining lies in acknowledging the wisdom of concluding a narrative arc on a high note. Simms’ decision to bring the curtain down on the series after six seasons reflects a commitment to preserving the quality that endeared “What We Do in the Shadows” to its dedicated audience.
In retrospect, if any series is deserving of the famed “six seasons and a movie” adage, it is undeniably “What We Do in the Shadows.” As we raise a metaphorical glass of AB Negative to toast our immortal friends, let us celebrate the laughter, chills, and unforgettable moments that the Staten Island vampire coven has bestowed upon us. Farewell to the Shadows—a series that, like a fine wine, leaves us wanting just a little more before the final sip.