Will there be a ‘Warrior’ Season 3? Cinemax urged to renew show after Andrew Koji shares petition
A petition on Change.Org is grabbing quite a lot of attention for the Season 3 renewal of Cinemax series ‘Warrior’ starring Andrew Koji
Packed with action and tantalizing drama, ‘Warrior’ has snuck a sweet spot in the hearts of fans. Based on an original concept by Bruce Lee, the Cinemax series first premiered on April 5, 2019. The show was then renewed for Season 2 that same year and it recently started airing weekly episodes from October 2, 2020. Although only three episodes have dropped yet, fans are already anticipating the next season.
The lack of confirmation from the makers in light of the recent coronavirus crisis has made many fans anxious. Recently, in an interview with Inverse, Andrew Koji — who plays the titular role of Ah Sahm — opened up about the next season after Vanity Fair mapped out its struggle for Season 3 renewal. Taking the production costs and difficulty of shooting into account amid the pandemic, most of the ‘Warrior’ cast is already eyeing other projects.
But, Koji isn't ready to let go yet. “It would be a career goal to finish the story,” he said. “If it’s like Deadwood where they revive it and finish the story with a miniseries or film, that is one of my goals. What Bruce and Shannon Lee have given me, I want the opportunity to close it properly.” The 33-year-old actor added, “Ah Sahm taught me so many things. ‘Warrior’ pushed me more than I pushed before. It’s done so many things aside from the doors it opened.”
What's more, a petition on Change.Org is grabbing quite a lot of attention for the Season 3 renewal. The petition to HBO started by Stuart Tomlinson about a year ago reads: “The recently released Cinemax series ‘Warrior’ has met both popular and critical acclaim. Having also enjoyed a second run on Sky, this brilliant series has introduced the world to characters inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee. Lead protagonist Ah Sahm played to perfection by British actor Andrew Koji, is a Chinese immigrant who comes to San Francisco during the time of the Old West. Bruce originally took this idea to Hollywood producers whilst he was alive but was turned away as executives at the time did not think audiences would support an Asian lead in a primetime program.”
It goes on: “Bruce is of course no longer with us but his daughter Shannon Lee was able to work alongside many amazing individuals such as Justin Lin and Jonathan Tropper to get this groundbreaking series made. Series 2 was finished towards the end of 2019 following the success of season 1. Unfortunately, Cinemax has recently been dissolved unexpectedly. This has meant that not only is the starting date and program location of season 2 up in the air, but that season 3 (and any others following that) is now unlikely to be made unless another broadcasting channel picks it up. We need your help to ensure that one of these sees the value in taking on this piece of Martial Arts history as its own. Sign this petition today, mark your support, and let the decision-makers know how much love there is globally for WARRIOR!!”
Did you know that Koji himself shared the petition on Instagram back in January? The caption read: "Please think about signing the petition. This is such a fantastic show executive produced by Shannon Lee, the daughter of the great Bruce Lee. One of the only Asian led shows on television."
Fans on Twitter are trying their best to reach out to the makers. "If this show doesn't get saved, it's gonna be a very, very sad day for fans of Martial arts on small screen such as us," one said and another posted, "The first two seasons of #WarriorMax were fabulous. This series really must continue. Netflix: Please Save "Warrior" and get Season 3 confirmed - Sign the Petition!" A third wrote, "If you haven't watched "Warrior" yet, you're seriously missing out. This show proves Asians can play LEAD roles and carry compelling storylines in western dramas. Please sign the petition for a Season 3." And a fourth tweeted, "The actors and fans of the series Warrior are asking for everyone to sign this petition to see if they can get the show to be picked up for a Season 3 so they can finish the story of these characters."
If this show doesn't get saved, it's gonna be a very, very sad day for fans of Martial arts on small screen such as us. #WarriorMAX #SaveWarriorMAX— CoolGuyJ (@CoolGuyJ1984) January 24, 2020
Netflix: Save "Warrior" and get season 3 confirmed - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/AeuQthedxZ via @Change
If you haven't watched "Warrior" yet, you're seriously missing out. This show proves Asians can play LEAD roles and carry compelling storylines in western dramas. Please sign the petition for a Season 3.— DJ Bibinkahan (@djbibinkahan) May 12, 2020
Netflix: Save "Warrior" https://t.co/n0TFAklMNF via @Change pic.twitter.com/g9siRjHVHA
The actors and fans of the series Warrior are asking for everyone to sign this petition to see if they can get the show to be picked up for a Season 3 so they can finish the story of these characters 🙏🏻#Warrior #SaveWarrior pic.twitter.com/YKmeIrZwrT— Gaby Dorado 🇦🇷 | In Brightest Day... 💚 (@wickedivy) January 24, 2020
Will the petition help get the season renewed? Well, only time will tell.
‘Warrior’ premiered on October 2, 2020, with Season 2 and the last two episodes will air on Cinemax on Fridays from 10 pm ET to 11 pm ET. The series ends with the brilliant ‘Enter The Dragon’ on November 27, 2020, and the stupendous season finale ‘Man On The Wall’ on December 4, 2020.