Netflix has canceled yet another unique and trippy series on a cliffhanger. The streaming service announced that Season 2 of The OA will be its last season. The series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij premiered in December 2016 to modest reviews, but by the time season 2 came to an end, it had soared to a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 89% from the audience. Despite this, fans must say goodbye to the cerebral sci-fi show.
The OA followed Prairie Johnson (Marling), a blind woman that disappears without a trace. The thrilling mystery begins when Johnson returns after years with her sight restored. As season one unfolds, she gathers a band of allies and slowly reveals her story. The show gave us multiple dimensions, dancing robots, talking trees, alternate realities, and a psychic octopus. What more could we ask for? According to Netflix, a lot. The head of Netflix originals, Cindy Holland, released the following statement about the decision not to renew The OA.
"We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry. We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions."
The minds behind the "audacious vision" had an extensive outline planned for the series. In an earlier interview, Brit Marling had this to say about the show's future after season 1.
"From the very beginning when we were on our own daydreaming a story, we definitely thought how can we construct something that, many seasons out, has a satisfying end? So there is an end and there is an answer to every riddle and nothing is done to just be sound and fury going nowhere. It all goes somewhere."
The OA notoriously left unsolved mysteries throughout, so many of them will have to be left unanswered. At the close of season 2, a portal opened to a third dimension. Reminiscent of the "French mistake" episode of Supernatural, the new dimension showed OA portrayed by an actress named "Brit Marling" in a TV show that follows the same plot as the second season. Unfortunately, we won't get to see more of it. Marling took to instagram to express her disappointment at the show's ending.
"Zal and I are deeply sad not to finish this story. The first time I heard the news I had a good cry. So did one of our executives at Netflix who has been with us since the early days when we were sketching out Hap's basement on the floor of our production office in Queens. It's been an intense journey for everyone who worked on and cared about this story."
The OA cancelation comes in the midst of a series of cuts by the streaming service. Recent cancellations include Travellers, Tuca and Bertie, Designated Survivor, She's Gotta Have It and Chambers. We used to be able to assume Netflix would pump out three seasons of their shows, but as the streaming wars rage on, Netflix's model is expected to change even more.This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.