When The CW initially canceled The Game, many of its most devoted fans were upset at what they saw as a premature ousting. The show’s resurrection on BET remains a testament to the power of vocal black audiences. Not only did we get the show up and running again, but its BET debut marked the highest ratings in the network’s history.

But I always liked the idea of leaving The Game where it was. The end of season three provided an adequate series finale: the birth of Derwin’s son, his marriage to Melanie in the hospital chapel, Rick Fox comes back for Tasha, Malik’s still a jerk. The only “cliffhanger” of sorts was Kelly Pitts punching Tasha out when she found out she’d hooked Jason up with Stacey Dash. As a viewer, I was satisfied. In fact, I wasn’t convinced the show hadn’t peaked. Where else could it go?

Well, we’ve found out. That is, some of us have. I stopped watching midway through season four. Season five is a mystery to me (something about Brandy playing a character called “Chardonnay” and helping Jason get in touch with his blackness? Also: Tasha’s going to be Melanie and Derwin’s surrogate?). I do know that live-tweets regarding the show have significantly lessened after an episode earlier this year where black women were portrayed in a negative light. Numbers indicate viewership has gradually declined.

Now that we know the show’s cornerstone characters won’t be returning, is there anything left to watch? Maybe. Here are a few suggestions on how the series can reboot itself. 

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