Fans of a certain Disney Channel show are going to be really upset in a second. Boy Meets World spin-off, Girl Meets World has been canceled after only three seasons. Rumors had already been swirling that the show was over, with stalwart cast member Rider Strong suggesting as much on his podcast, saying, "We finished the third season of Girl Meets World — my brother and I were directing a lot of episodes and I acted in a couple — and the show ended." While fans remained hopeful that the series would be back for Season 4, a Twitter account from the Girl Meets World writers' room confirmed the sad news on Thursday that the show would not be coming back. Cue high pitched sobs.
I think fans of the show will all agree that Riley Matthews' story is far from over. The show's predecessor, Boy Meets World, ran for seven seasons between 1993 and 1999, and was loved the world over. Girl Meets World marked an amazing opportunity for fans of the original show, like me, whose childhood crushes included Shawn Hunter, Cory Matthews, Jack Hunter, Eric Matthews... I could go on, but I think it's clear that seeing all of our favorite characters return to the screen as grown-ups was a joy to behold, and doing so via one of their kids was such a great idea.
In a series of tweets, the Girl Meets World writers' room made it clear that they're as miserable as fans are about the news. They said, "It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over." Their heartfelt messages, which end with the sparse sentence, "We gave you our best," are enough to make even the coldhearted start to weep. Girl Meets World is over, but the show has so much more to give.
In a beautiful tribute to the series, star Rowan Blanchard posted an essay on Twitter, detailing her emotions regarding the cancellation. Blanchard, who captured all of our hearts as Cory and Topanga's daughter, said, "Being on Girl Meets World is the most significant event in my life thus far." While I have no doubt that Riley herself has a very bright future ahead of her, it's clear that she loved every minute of her time on the Disney Channel show, just as much as we loved watching it.
The cancelation may be for real, but fans shouldn't give up hope altogether, especially since the cast and crew of Girl Meets World are clearly so invested in the series. Will Friedle, who plays Cory's brother Eric on the show, said, "I tip my glass to the cast and crew of GMW. You did us proud. I love you all." It's safe to say that devastated Girl Meets World fans the world over second his sentiment, and it's probably time to start a petition asking another network or streaming service to bring the show back for another season. Let's do this.