Thank you Netflix for listening to your fans and bringing us a two hour Sense8 Finale. We are sad not to have 10 seasons of the show since we LOVED the first two seasons. But we really appreciate the closure.
In her letter, Lana Wachowski confessed that she fell into a “fairly serious” depression after the series was canceled. Netflix handed down the news on June 1, not long after Sense8’s May 5 season-two release.
“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,” she began in the letter. “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.”
Calling out the “impossibilities” her crew achieved — the second season filmed in 16 cities and 11 countries to capture the stories of its global cast — and the sadness from the actors, especially the eight stars who make up Sense8’s starring “cluster,” the showrunner said the passion from the fans, who created a petition to bring the series back, was most humbling.
“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,” she wrote. “While it is often true that these decisions are irreversible, it is not always true.”
She continued in the note, which was directed to the fans: “Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life.”
Lana Wachowski said Netflix “loves” the show but admitted that the numbers have “always been challenging,” before signing off with a nod to the second season’s cliffhanger ending: “Now let’s go find out what happens to Wolfgang [Max Riemelt].”
The rare move, which was preceded by the end of Baz Luhrmann’s series The Get Down, prompted think pieces on what the abrupt canceling of two of Netflix’s most expensive series said about the streamer. Netflix also canceled another original series, the Britt Robertson-led Girlboss, last week.
“They did a beautiful show” and “the audience was very passionate, but not large enough to support the economics of something that big, even on our platform,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos shortly after Sense8’s cancellation.
From: Hollywood Reporter update as of June 29th.
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