The Discovery family suffered a devastating blow on Feb. 8, 2021. Billy Brown, the patriarch of the Brown family featured in the hit docuseries Alaskan Bush People, died at the age of 68.
Before achieving fame in his reality series, the outdoorsman worked as a commercial fisherman while raising a family, who shared their appreciation for the man in an Instagram post. “He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad and husband and he will be dearly missed,” they wrote. For about 90 episodes over 12 seasons (as well as a series of specials), Billy Brown and the rest of his family presented a different way of life, one drastically different from the 21st century lifestyle most of us enjoy every day.
Now, the Alaskan wilderness will be a little colder without Brown out there.
Over the years, the series has amassed a sizable fanbase of devotees who are no doubt wondering what the future of Alaskan Bush People is, and if any final shot of Brown will end up in an upcoming episode.
Is Alaskan Bush People Coming Back for Season 13?
Traditionally, there has been very little wait time between new seasons of Alaskan Bush People. There have even been multiple seasons in a single calendar year, and while the final episode of season 12 aired back in October 2020, it’s still unknown if season 13 will air at all.
Consequently, we don’t yet know if and how much, if any, footage of Billy Brown will be included in season 13. Discovery also hasn’t given any indication so far as to what the future of Alaskan Bush People has in store. Via the show’s official Instagram page, a representative from the network expressed sadness at Brown’s departure. “A trailblazer, a lovely man, and most definitely one of a kind,” read a tribute caption. “Our heart is with his family and those that knew him and loved him as they deal with this devastating loss.”
At the time of writing, there has been no word on an official cancellation or continuation, so we’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of this situation. One might expect Discovery to at least put together a special episode in memory of the patriarch of Braun.
Undoubtedly, the family will need time to come to terms with the enormous loss they have suffered; we may have to wait a while before we know what the future of the TV show will be.