‘Warehouse 13’ Season 4 May Get 20 Episodes

Syfy is in negotiations to extend the fourth season; which may not be a good thing for fans of the series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

When "Warehouse 13" closed out its third season, Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) and  H. G. Wells (Jaime Murray) were killed and the death of the villainous Walter Sykes (Anthony Michael Hall) didn't prevent the destruction of the Warehouse, which left Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly), Artie (Saul Rubinek) and Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) as the only survivors.

But no one can keep the Warehouse team down for long. In fact, the Warehouse might be expanding soon.

According to Deadline, Syfy is close to finishing a deal to add seven episodes to the fourth season of "Warehouse 13," bringing the total up to 20 episodes. Since its debut in 2009, "Warehouse 13" has been one of the most popular series on the network and with the pending cancellation of "Eureka," "Warehouse 13" is the defacto flagship series for Syfy.

So how can additional episodes be a bad thing? For starters, this seems to indicate that Syfy is looking to split the season into blocks of ten episodes each and air them almost a calender year apart as it did with "Eureka" and "Battlestar Galactica." That way, Syfy has enough episodes to run over consecutive summers without having to officially renew the series for a fifth year.

The other downside is that if Syfy goes forward with that plan, it not only means three fewer episodes per year, it means that the "Warehouse 13" will miss out on six episodes if it had been picked up for a 13 episode fifth season.

There's still every possibility that Syfy could renew "Warehouse 13" again next summer, with another batch of episodes for 2014 or even 2015. But the network has repeatedly used this strategy to wind down its most popular shows. And this could mean that "Warehouse 13's" time could be up sooner than it should be.