The BBC fantasy horror series won't be living on in a second season.
This is a real shame. The Fades was one of the bigger surprises for me of the last few months and despite some shaky elements in its first six episodes, I really thought series creator Jack Thorne (Skins) nailed it with an ending that was at once triumphant and apocalyptic.
The show followed a troubled teen named Paul (Iain de Caestecker), who learns that he's one of a special group of people called "Angelics" who can see spirits of the dead, called "Fades" as a faction of the latter begins killing the living to restore themselves to a semblance of life.
The announcement came through a short but bittersweet posting on the show's Facebook page:
We're sorry to announce The Fades won't be returning for another season. Thanks for all your messages. You've been the best fans!
A post by Den of Geek suggests that budget constraints on home network BBC Three were the culprit behind The Fades' death, with recent cuts to the channel leading executives to make hard decisions about what stays (Being Human series five), and what goes. Fans made an attempt to keep the show alive back in October with a petition, but apparently that simply wasn't enough.
Still, I highly recommend you check out the first season which is on DVD and Blu-ray now.