Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Sense8 Season 2.
Sense8 fans have been waiting over a year and a half to see Season 2. The bad news is that there are still six months to wait, as the new season won’t drop until May 2017. But the good news is that Netflix has decided to spread holiday cheer by releasing Sense8 — A Christmas Special on Friday, Dec. 23.
The two-hour special — produced by Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill and J. Michael Straczynski — will show the eight mentally linked series leads “finding deeper connections, learning darker, more desperate secrets about one another, and struggling to identify with more than just oneself,” according to a press release quoted by Entertainment Weekly.
Sense8 Season 2 will find “the Sensates” right where we left them in Season 1 — on the run from Whispers (Terrance Mann). In the trailer for the Christmas special, Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) connects with Sun (Doona Bae) to fight his way out of a jam, Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre) faces a problem with the public, and Riley (Tuppence Middleton) and Kala (Tina Desai) continue to romance Wolfgang and Will (Brian J. Smith) through their sensate connection.
In a video message about the special, Wachowski explained why she wanted to play Santa and deliver what is essentially the premiere episode of Sense8 Season 2 six months in advance of the rest of the season.
“There’s something about birthdays and holiday celebrations,” Wachowski says in the video.
“We notice things about each other. We see how tall kids have grown. We notice how much our hair’s gone gray. #GoPink. Holidays can make you feel so connected in the way that holidays can make you feel so isolated and alone. I wanted to tell a story in this first episode that was kind of about time and presence and how these new lives of these characters made them feel empowered, like they can do anything as long as they’re together.”
After the Christmas special, Sense8 Season 2 will be released on May 5, 2017. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the series visited 16 countries in seven months to film its dynamic, worldwide storyline. Locations included San Francisco; Mexico City; Seoul, South Korea; Mumbai, India, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
The newspaper spoke with Daryl Hannah (Angelica Turing) about what it’s like to work with Wachowski, who produced Sense8 Season 2 without her sister and producing partner, Lilly.
“Lana is this whirl of imagination and creativity that just never stops,” said Hannah.
“She’s just always evolving and coming up with things and expanding and deepening and developing as we shoot.”
As Entertainment Weekly reported, Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix) took a break from Sense8 after coming out as a transgender woman in March. Lana came out as transgender in 2002.
At the time of her announcement, Lilly released a statement to the press.
“Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world. This means when you’re transgender you have to face the hard reality of living the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you.”
Actress Jamie Clayton, who plays transgender woman Nomi Marks on the queer-friendly series, spoke to the Chicago Sun Times about working with Lana and the importance of transgender representation in the media.
“A lot of Nomi’s story is based on things that happened to Lana,” said Clayton, who is also a transgender woman.
“That was interesting for me. It’s such a huge responsibility, first of all, to play this amazing character and to represent my community in a way that has never been represented before. But then to also be playing parts of the director, creator and writer — there’s a huge responsibility there.”
Clayton also laid down some hints about what to expect in Sense8 Season 2.
“It’s fast, it’s mad, it’s amazing, it’s sexy, it’s raw. Oh my god, it’s so many things. There’s so much action.”
Are you excited to see Sense8 — A Christmas Special?
Sense8 Season 2 returns to Netflix on May 5, 2017.
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