After mounting an admirable campaign to petition the cancellation of the Netflix original series several times over, it has been announced that Sense8 definitely won't be returning for season 3. Created by the iconic Wachowski siblings - alongside fellow science-fiction and fantasy television royalty J. Michael Straczynski - the highly original American drama series followed a diverse cast of multi-ethnic characters who find themselves endowed with the special abilities of a sensate - namely someone who is mentally and emotionally linked to other human beings possessed of the same power.
After two seasons and one Christmas special on Netflix, the cast and crew that stands behind Sense8 appeared doomed to part following word that the program had been cancelled early this month. But fans of the series were quick to mount a series of petitions meant to persuade Netflix to produce a third season of the critically acclaimed drama. Unfortunately, it would appear that those efforts were all for naught.
Per a posting to the official Tumblr page for show, Netflix has officially decided to stick with its initial plans to abandon the show following the premiere of season 2 earlier last month. Offering a heartfelt open letter of condolence in response, the crew behind the Netflix original series are ostensibly as heartbroken as all of the show's fans around the world. Check out a transcription of the original letter below:
"To our Sense8 family… We’ve seen the petitions. We’ve read the messages. We know you want to #RenewSense8, and we wish we could #BringBackSense8 for you. The reason we’ve taken so long to get back to you is because we’ve thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t. Thank you for watching and hope you’ll stay close with your cluster around the world. #SensatesForever"
It's touching to know that everyone involved on Sense8 loved the show as much as its viewers did - a fact made further apparent by the cast's prior intentions to return for season 3 - but sometimes things don't turn out the way you hoped they might. The show may be gone, but fans can at least rest assured in knowing that the first two seasons and Christmas special are still there for them forever.
Given the multi-ethnic casting choices and socially minded nature of the program's underlying premise, it's decidedly a blow that Sense8 couldn't manage to break through with Netflix viewers at a level that would have warranted production on season 3. On that note, here's to everyone involved in making the critically acclaimed and much beloved original series.