The River’s season five was the site of many drags and complaints. A surprising stance considering that the first four seasons of the series were touted as some of the best television to come out in recent telenovela local history. Despite the continuous calls by viewers for the writers to take their please seriously, the writers decided to clap back. As reported:
In this season, more so towards the end of season five, Tango Ncetezo as Paulina has been through a lot. The fan-favourite character had to share her husband, find out she was pregnant at the same time as wife number two, and lost her baby because wife number swapped her dead baby with hers in order to stay in her marriage.
It has been months of the story dragging with Paulina leaving for KZN to deal with her grief. But only to return to begin reeling, depending on alcohol and now she has kidnapped baby Mpho as she still believes that the baby is hers even after a failed DNA test which was doctored.
While fans have been calling for Paullina to have at least a happy ending, Tshedza clapped back and basically said, “watch and enjoy, or don’t watch at all.”
— Tshedza Pictures (@TshedzaPictures) January 28, 2023
Now it seems that the telenovela has reached the end of the road.
The River cancelled?
Leading entertainment commentator Phil Mphela was the one to break the story that allegedly The River has not been renewed for a seven season. This means that following the upcoming sixth season we will be bidding farewell to Khanyisa Diamonds and Sindi Dlathu as the now iconic and villainous Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana.
Shirley Adonisi — Director, Local Entertainment Channels (Mnet)
Phathu Makwarela — Executive Producer (Tshedza Pictures) pic.twitter.com/NpZXrpcuUq
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) February 3, 2023