'How To with John Wilson' to End with Season 3
"I take a lot of pride in trying to make the style and imagery feel surprising, and I would prefer to end the show while that's still the case"
Published May 25, 2023Anxious New Yorker John Wilson's Exclaim!-favourite HBO series How To with John Wilson is set to end with Season 3, arriving via the network on July 28.
The decision to end the show — co-produced by Wilson, Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman and Clark Reinking — came from Wilson himself, who explained in an accompanying statement [via IndieWire] that he had reached a "vanishing point" by the finale of the forthcoming season.
As we started work on Season 3 I found it exciting to think of it as the last one. It ended up opening a lot of narrative possibilities that weren't available to us before and gave us the freedom to try some really ambitious stuff. While a part of me would be happy to go on making How To indefinitely, I take a lot of pride in trying to make the style and imagery feel surprising, and I would prefer to end the show while that's still the case. Thematically, we also kind of reach a vanishing point by the finale, and it felt like a natural place to sign off.
I plan to continue to experiment within the world of non-fiction and any ideas I have left over will just be put into the next thing. The project of documenting the current moment never really ends and even if the work changes title and shifts form, there will always be something worth capturing. It's a miracle that a program like this ever made it on to HBO in the first place, and after 18 episodes, it feels like we pulled off some kind of incredible heist. I feel melancholy ending a project with such an amazing team, but I can't be more thankful to HBO for their support, and for the fact that they let us experiment for three amazing seasons. So if you're a fan of the show – thanks for watching, and buckle up, because there's a crazy trip you're about to take.
The series began its first season in the heart of the pandemic, premiering in October 2020 with a batch of just six episodes. That same year, we spoke to anti-circumcision activist Ron Low about his appearance on the show. Season 2 would air in November 2021, receiving more critical acclaim for its episodes purporting to be instructionals about everything from real estate to wine appreciation, remembering your dreams and more.
Revisit the Season 3 trailer below, and stay tuned for more projects from Wilson.