When Season 2 of Sense8 premiered on Netflix earlier this year, fans devoured the show. Which meant it wasn’t long before they realized the season ended on a cliffhanger. So, they sat back and waited for news on a Season 3 renewal from Netflix. This never came. Instead, Netflix announced the show had been cancelled and fans were now left hanging as to what would happen next in the incomplete world of Sense8.
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Netflix announced the cancellation of Sense8 with the following press release.
“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”
It wasn’t enough for Sense8 fans though, who were invested in the characters. Immediately after the cancellation, fans banded together and created a Change.org petition that had the public support of star Brian J. Smith (who plays Will Gorski in Sense8) in a last ditch effort to get Netflix to change their mind. At the time of publication, that petition currently has more than 522,000 signatures.
— ive got you for that (@_bell_arke_) June 1, 2017
Even after that many people signed, Netflix posted the following message to their Facebook page on June 9.
“To our Sense8 family…
We’ve seen the petitions.
We’ve read the messages.
We know you want to #RenewSense8,
and we wish we could #BringBackSense8 for you.
The reason we’ve taken so long to get back to you is because we’ve thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t.
Thank you for watching and hope you’ll stay close with your cluster around the world.
Well, now it seems Netflix has backtracked and listened to Sense8‘s fans. One of the show’s creators, Lana Wachowski, has just made the announcement that Sense8 would get a two-hour special next year via Netflix’s social media accounts.
“The outpouring of love and grief that came in the wake of the news that Sense8 would not be continuing was so intense that I often found myself unable to open my own email,” Lana explained.
Lana then thanked the cast and crew behind Sense8, as well as commiserating along with them — and the fans — in the loss of the show. She also admitted she had poured so much of herself into the project that the cancellation had initially left her feeling “hollowed.”
When Sense8 was cancelled by Netflix, the immediate outpouring of grief impacted Lana. But, she felt there was nothing she could do, even though people kept asking her what could be done.
However, Lana Wachowski discovered, much in the way the sensates are “not just a me,” but also a we, the cancellation of Sense8 became its own cluster. Fans around the world banded together, and “rose up like the fist of Sun” to fight for the show. As a result, Netflix has agreed to give fans of Sense8 two more hours with their beloved characters in order for closure to be achieved.
With Lana’s announcement, she also reminded fans that Netflix loved Sense8 just as much as the fans did, but the “numbers have always been challenging” in regard to the show.
“After seeing that the cancellation was a total cluster, we decided to give Sense8 fans the ending they totally deserve,” a Netflix spokesperson also said in response to the recent Sense8 announcement.
Death doesn't let you say goodbye. 2 hour finale episode in the works. Tell your cluster. pic.twitter.com/GHZgGuHwS0
— Sense8 (@sense8) June 29, 2017
Brian J. Smith also tweeted his excitement about the two-hour Sense8 special.
Netflix then released the following video via their YouTube account that asks fans to tell their cluster Sense8 will return soon for a two-hour finale.
“There are sensates within these walls, too,” Netflix explains under the video.
“Sense8 will return for a 2-hour finale soon. Tell your cluster.”
The clip shows the cluster miming “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. The words “Vai acontecer,” appear at the end, which translate to: It will happen.
What do we know so far about Sense8‘s two-hour special?
So far, all we know for certain is that there will be a two-hour special to wrap up all the dangling storylines from the Season 2 finale. Lana Wachowski has stated this special will air next year. Netflix, however, has not given a definite air date, preferring to state that it is coming soon.
It is common knowledge Sense8 had a huge budget to accommodate the fact they shot on location around the world. As yet, it is unclear what Netflix has allowed in regard to the budget for this special, or even whether the show will be filmed across the globe.
Finally, in regard to the cast, there is no news yet as to whether everyone has signed on to do this Sense8 special. Although, considering Netflix has made the announcement, it is likely all the main character roles will be filled by the actors seen in Season 2.
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Sense8 is currently airing on Netflix and will return with a two-hour special in 2018.
[Featured Image by Netflix]