Katic broke the news herself a tweet on Friday, explaining that “although we danced with the idea of continuing the story, Absentia was always meant to be only three seasons, and I couldn’t think of a better grade to finish… for anyone on this planet, but most of all [Katic’s character] Emily and her loved ones.
Absentia played Katic as Emily Byrne, an FBI agent who after being pronounced dead in absentia, tried to recover her family, her identity and her innocence when she became the prime suspect in a series of murders. In season 3 – which dropped on July 17, 2020 – Emily and her ex-husband, Special Agent Nick Durand, had no choice but to step in when an international criminal case struck too close to home and that Nick’s life was in danger. While serving the final days of her FBI suspension, Emily raced against time to save Nick, uncovering a larger and more complex plot in the process.
“When they asked me in January 2017 if I was ready to spend three years in Bulgaria shooting a cable TV series, I had no idea what I was going to do,” Katic wrote on Friday. “I could never have imagined the creative partnerships and friendships that would shape and enrich my life. Three seasons, it was the perfect space for a magnificent, complicated and wonderfully fulfilling journey.
After thanking AbsentiaThe cast, crew and producers, Katic also expressed gratitude to his viewers. “It’s thanks to YOU that our show was a great success for its broadcasters,” she continued. “It is because of YOU that we can entertain you and be storytellers. And whatever the plans of this tribe of rebellious storytellers, I hope you follow them all.
The series marked Katic’s first TV gig since ABC Château, from which she was unceremoniously fired at the end of her eighth season – only for ABC to turn the tide and cancel the show weeks later. In a May 2020 interview with Australia The telegraph of the day, four years after the controversy, Katic admitted that “the whole experience” had left her “confused” and “hurt.”
She added, however, that “time has passed and I am so grateful to have been a part of this project. [and] so that she touched as many people as she did. People loved it [Katic’s Kate and Nathan Fillion’s Rick as a] couple and loved the story we told, loved all of these characters.