Swamp People Season Seven: Is History renewing the show after all?

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Swamp People Season Seven is currently scheduled to be the show’s last, but recent social media updates from star Jacob Landry have given fans an unexpected shotgun blast of hope. Is there a chance that the still-popular Swamp People could be renewed after all? According to Jacob, everything comes down to ratings–which might be a hard pill for devout Swamp People fans to swallow, given the controversy that erupted when new production company Original Media fired eight cast members without warning last summer.

Indeed, it was a boatload of fan favorites–chief among them Gator Queen Liz Chevalier and both Jeromy Pruitt and David LaDart–who got the axe before Swamp People Season Seven could begin filming. And, according to all eight fired cast members, there was neither a reason for their dismissals nor much warning beforehand.

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At the time, Liz took to Facebook with the surprise news: “Due to unknown reasons by the production company ‘Original Media’,” she wrote, “my family and myself, along with other original cast members, besides Jeromy and David, will no longer be participating in the Swamp People series, starting with [Swamp People Season Seven].”

And Junior and Willie Edwards responded to the speculation that the cast had been demanding more money with a forceful denial: “To clear up gossip and BS,” they said, “we never asked for anything. Only communication we had with the production company was when we were told that we would not be on the show any more. We have made our living off the bayou all our lives. We don’t need a camera stuck in our faces to do that like some people.”

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But will Swamp People Season Seven actually be the show’s final bow? Devoteés are wild with the possibility of a Season Eight renewal, thanks to current star Jacob Landry’s most recent Facebook update–which he shared just hours ago:

Tonight is the night!!! Swamp People Season 7!!!Spread the word!! 9/8c!!! With this possibly being the last season we…

Posted by Jacob Landry (swamp People) on Monday, February 8, 2016

 

That Swamp People Season Seven update is even more specific than the one Jacob laid down last week, in which he raised for the first time the possibility that above-average ratings could save the show from cancelation:

TBT. One of the big loads we caught this year!! Make sure to spread the word out the premier next Monday night!!! If the…

Posted by Jacob Landry (swamp People) on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Troy Landry got in on the speculation, too–though, given the tone of his Facebook update, it sounds like the possibility of a Swamp People Season Eight might be little more than a million-to-one shot:

Tom night folks. Season 7 begins. It sounds like this will be our last season.we not sure why History wants to do away…

Posted by Troy Landry on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Of course, not everyone associated with Swamp People Season Seven–and especially not the fired cast–is so optimistic. Liz seemed to both preface and undercut Jacob and Troy’s comments with her own Facebook update last week:

Ratings,Ratings,Ratings,Ummmm

Posted by Gator Queen Liz on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 

In either case, if History’s synopsis for “High Water Hell,” the Swamp People Season Seven premiere episode, is any indication, Swamp People‘s final season won’t lack for good, old-fashioned tomfoolery:

As the season opens, the King of the Swamp, Troy Landry, finds himself going head-to-head with Mother Nature. The water in the basin is higher than it’s ever been, pushing the monsters into inaccessible back ponds and woods. On top of that, a cold front has moved into Louisiana making conditions even worse. As he and his family brace for what could be their worse [sic] season ever, the King discovers more bad news; R.J. and Jay Paul have invaded his area, using their airboat to get to the gators that are out of his reach. Over in Hammond, Bruce Mitchell prepares to start his second season without his beloved hunting dog Tyler. His partner, Ron Methvin thinks he has a great surprise for Bruce, but when they meet up, the plan blows up and puts their partnership to the test. And, at the end of the first day of gator hunting, Troy makes an announcement that rattles his family to the bone.

 

Here’s the final trailer for Swamp People Season Seven:

Plus, just to get you good and amped up for tonight’s Swamp People Season Seven premiere, here’s a basket of Season Six highlights, courtesy of History:

And, in case you’d forgotten, here’s a couple of throwback Swamp People articles that are still relevant as Swamp People Season Seven begins:

Alligator Price Chart: How much money do you get for an alligator?
How much money does an alligator hunter make?

Soon enough, all the Swamp People Season Seven spoilers and speculation will start to work itself out: the final season of Swamp People premieres tonight, at 9 PM EST, on History.

 

(Photo credits: Swamp People Season Seven spoilers via History)


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  • lizzitish

    Swamp People is not just a show about people alligator hunting….it is a show depicting the lives of people who live in a part of the US that many of us will never see or even read about. I love watching the show to learn how life proceeds in the bayous of Louisiana, and has for hundreds of years. It shows a people and land that has been unchanged for eons, and it exists today. I love Liz and her daughter’s persistence in getting alligators, even though the big boys said they couldn’t. It tells people that women CAN do a man’s job. I wish I could go up there (I live in Florida) and go out with Troy or Liz on one of their boats…to see and feel, for myself, how precious this lifestyle really is. I hope History Channel keeps the show on, I really do.

    • Misty Martin

      I’m from South Louisiana stuck living in Texas since Katrina, yes it is our way of life but what I miss the most is the hospitality you do not see here. We surely care and believe in helping people anyway we can.

      • Charles

        Nothing wrong with SET!

  • SaveTheWorld

    They are criminals, murders, killers of living things that what they are.

    • Misty Martin

      So you’re a vegan?

    • Dottie Gill

      How do you figure that? Grew up seeing gators hunted in the swamps. These are hard working people preserving their way of life. My Garcia off to them!!

  • Todd

    I just watched last nights episode and I have to say I lost all respect for R.J. and Jay Paul. They just seen like 2 little bitches hunting out of their area.

    • BrendaDSnith3

      Oh please that was all for ratings with so many fans upset over the letting go so many the show had to come up with something to bring up the ratings. And I thought they let so many go because they had 2 many cast. So why is Troy bringing more of his family on the show??????

  • mariusica

    They did change the theme and titles, so I don’t see why no continue it…

  • MARSHA MOORE

    I hope they hire back all released cast members and get rid of the new people! Dorrian and his dad and grandfather absolutely ruined the episodes they’ve appeared in! My friends and family love the original cast and hope to see a season eight!

  • judy fletcher

    Why are they criminals when the State gives them tags to catch? This show is about a part of our Country just like people who hunt rattlesnakes, kill animals for food. These creatures are not on the endanger list so what’s the problem. We love swamp people and yes we miss some of the original cast,Liz and her family {loved her boys} Willie and Jr., Tommy and his step dad. PLEASE BRING THIS SHOW AND CAST BACK TOGETHER AS THE FAMILY IT STARTED WITH!

  • Phyllis Brewer

    The worse mistake the network could have made by firing the cast members and canceling this show. THIS WAS THE BEST FAMILY SHOW EVER. Please bring it back, we look forward to seeing it, there’s Nothing….that compares to it.

  • Charles

    So, is there going to be a show this year?

  • mrmandingy

    wow a new season, same old, same old.
    see alligator, fight (suspense) then kill alligator

  • mrmandingy

    bring back the kleiberts

  • connie

    i love this show and think all the characters should be brought back