Netflix has unveiled a new trailer and poster for the second season of their series Sense8. It’s been nearly two years since the show first debuted on the streaming service, introducing viewers to eight strangers from across the world who discover they’re telepathically connected. The series — a sci-fi epic from Matrix creators The Wachowskis and TV vet/comic book legend J. Michael Straczynsk — spawned a small but passionate fan base during its first season, but a delayed renewal and lengthy hiatus pushed it largely off the radar.
Then, last December, it rocketed back to screens with a Christmas special and a promise that more episodes would arrive this spring. Save for some first look images, details surrounding its season 2 have since been relatively sparse, but now an official trailer and poster have finally arrived. You can watch the trailer above; the poster is below.
The video ramps up the war between the sensates and BPO, the secret organization trying to hunt them down. Jonas (Naveen Andrews) warns the cluster not to trust anyone, while villainous antagonist Whispers (Terrrence Mann) declares that, “It is not a game. This is a war.” But the sensates have every intention of fighting back. “Our life is either defined by the system, or by the way you defy the system,” Nomi says. And later, Will proclaims that BPO is the one that should be running. “We’re coming for you,” he sneers. According to the full synopsis:
“In Season 2, dark forces continue to track the cluster of eight connected characters. The sensates will learn more about BPO, the secret organization searching for their cluster and others like them, and will work to protect themselves from this organization that is out to hunt and kill them.”
It make sense that BPO would be the driving plot for season 2, as it’s been more of a peripheral than immediate threat thus far. Though Whispers was present in the Christmas special, it focused more on the sensates’ interpersonal struggles: a married Kala grappled with her lingering feelings for Wolfgang, Lito was outed by the press and continued to navigate his now-public sexuality, Nomi managed life as a fugitive, and Wolfgang found himself caught in the crossfire of a battle between German crime lords.
Plus, an accelerated, action-packed story line may be exactly what Sense8 needs to regain its initial buzz. The first season laid the groundwork for an intriguing but complex concept, and its second go-round will be a testament to the show’s narrative power. Its biggest challenge will be balancing each character’s subplot with its overarching story, but based on the trailer, it seems like it’s on the right track.
Sense8 season 2 debuts May 5, 2017 on Netflix.