Very good news, Sense8 fans. Netflix is not known for canceling shows, but not too long ago the streaming service abruptly canceled the sci-fi series after just two seasons, leaving the show with no real finale to speak of. All of the fan outcry and support for the series has worked, as Netflix has announced that they are going to give Sense8 a two-hour series finale, which is currently in the works.
Netflix announced the news on Twitter by releasing a tribute video to the sci-fi series. The news was also launched by the official Sense8 Twitter account, which shared a heartfelt letter penned by series co-creator Lana Wachowski. In this statement, she revealed that all of the letters, petitions and general demand from fans online is what ultimately pushed Netflix to give the green light to this two-hour Sense8 finale.
"The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting. In this world it is easy to believe that you cannot make a difference; that when a government or an institution or corporation makes a decision, there is something irrevocable about the decision; that love is always less important than the bottom line. But here is a gift from the fans of this show that I will carry forever in my heart: while it is often true those decisions are irreversible, it is not always true. Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you) It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix's (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce that there will be another two hour special released next year. After that... if this experience has taught me anything, you never know. Thank you all Now let's go find out what happens to Wolfgang."
Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski co-created Sense8 for Netflix, along with J. Michael Straczynski. Netflix has been shelling out a ton of money for their original programming and they haven't canceled all that many shows. But, given the complexities of shooting Sense8, which made the show quite expensive, the viewership couldn't justify a third season. But the beauty of Netflix is that they can pour the money into giving fans what they want and, as such, fans are going to get the Sense8 finale they deserve.
"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. I confess I fell into a fairly serious depression. I had never worked so hard, or put so much of myself into a project as I had with Sense8 and its cancellation hollowed me out. I felt the disappointment of my amazing crew (I wish people could understand the impossibilities they achieved with implausible regularity.) I felt the sadness of the actors who had given so much of themselves, always finding more whenever the sun broke from the clouds. But most of all I felt the heartbreak of our fans (again I wish I could cluster with you to share some of the beautiful moments, the hugs, tears and laughter, as well as the insightful and humbling conversations I have had with people who have connected to this show; they are unlike any fans I have ever encountered as an artist). Friends kept calling from all over the world asking, 'Isn't there anything you can do? And the truth was, no. By myself, there was nothing I could do. But just as the characters in our show discover that they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we."
There is no word on an exact premiere date for the Sense8 two-hour finale, but it is reportedly going to arrive on the streaming service sometime next year. This is especially good news because Sense8 season 2 ended on a cliffhanger, one that would be extra frustrating if it were never resolved for the Sensates in question. As Lana Wachowski points out, we will get to see what happens to Wolfgang. You can check out the full letter and the Sense8 video from Netflix for yourself below.