Fans can rejoice and be glad as Netflix confirms the launch date for the two-hour special event of the season, Sense8: A Christmas Special launching globally Friday, December 23 at 12:01am PT. The popular sci-fi series is also returning with a full run of all new episodes next year. Netflix made the announcement with this special 'A Sense8 Christmas Carol'. 

"Whispers sees them when they're sleepin', He knows when they're awake, He knows if they've been bad or good, So be good all you Sensates"

The Sense8 Season 2 story continues with 10 new episodes launching globally on Friday, May 5 at 12:01am PT. Picking up where season one left off, Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton) , Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Wright) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) come together both physically and mentally, plunged into the middle of each other's tragedies and triumphs. 

On the run from Whispers (Terrence Mann), and forced to question their very identity, it's a matter of survival as the Sensates must find a way to live with, understand and protect one another against all odds. Netflix was also kind enough to drop the first photos from this season, which you can see below.

Netflix also released a synopsis for Sense8: A Christmas Special. The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other's lives finding deeper connections, learning darker, more desperate secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself.

Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill and J. Michael Straczynski serve as Executive Producers on the series. The series follows Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected, first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another's thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why.

Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity, as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The intense thriller is the first foray into television (or, more accurately, Netflix) for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski ("The Matrix Reloaded"), who created the series with J. Michael Straczynski ("Thor").

The international cast for Sense8 includes veteran actors known to U.S. audiences, like Daryl Hannah ("Kill Bill") and Naveen Andrews ("Lost"), and others well-known in their home countries, like German actor Max Riemelt and Doona Bae of South Korea. In keeping with the global premise of the series, shooting takes place all over the world, including London, Reykjavik, Nairobi and Mumbai.

Take a look at these exciting first look images from Sense8 Season 2. They arrive courtesy of Netflix. With just a few weeks to go until the Christmas Special arrives, we can expect to see the trailer any day now.