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Adventure Time’s finale doesn’t impact the rumored movie, says showrunner

There’s been talks of a movie since 2015

Jake the Dog, Finn the Human, and BMO hug it out on the floor of their treehouse in Adventure Time. Frederator Studios / Cartoon Network Studios
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

After eight years on air, beloved Cartoon Network show Adventure Time is wrapping up with a season — and series — finale this Monday. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to such a longstanding animation staple.

Showrunner Adam Muto says that if the show had ended any earlier, however, the finale would’ve been different.

“[We] didn’t have a definite, ‘This is the exact story that’s going to be in the end,’” Muto told Polygon.

It wasn’t until the eighth season that a clear finale took shape. Muto says that until the team got definite word that the series would end, it was hard to commit to a specific story.

But with the end of Adventure Time just around the corner, what of the much-rumored Adventure Time movie that has been supposedly in the works since 2015?

Muto assured us that the ending of the show would not affect the potential movie — nor would the end of the show lead directly into a film.

“That was always its own sort of parallel path being followed by most of Warner Brothers,” he said.

A movie was never specifically part of the greater plan of the show (although creator Pendleton Ward was attached to write). While Muto says an eventual movie would be a cool addition to the series, he also says that he doesn’t know exactly how a movie would happen.

“All the lore and stuff would not work for a first time viewer,” he said. “These movies kind of live and fall on their accessibility.”

The last episode ever of Adventure Time will air Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. EST. It will be the length of four regular episodes, giving us a fitting farewell to the beloved characters and the land of Ooo.

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