Back in June, FX renewed Archer for three more seasons, and according to a recent interview with creator Adam Reed, those three seasons will probably be the last. Speaking on the Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast, Reed revealed his plans to wrap up Archer after season 10:
The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan - to do 8, 9, and 10 and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes - and then wind it up. … I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up are gonna be pretty different from what has come before, and they’re gonna be different from each other.
Reed also acknowledged the risk of an animated show overstaying its welcome, and he’d much rather see Archer go out on a strong note than run for ten more seasons. “I do think that things can go on too long,” he said, “and maybe instead of just looking at the bottom line, maybe those creative energies could be better used coming up with something new rather than continuing the same thing.” Next up: the Archer movie?