Netflix announces Sense8 will receive a two-hour series finale episode after canceling the show earlier this month. The streaming service has been rolling out original content since the first season of House of Cards debuted in early 2013, and as the years have gone on, branching out into a variety of different genres as well as generating original films. Netflix has continued to add more and more series, and kept renewing shows for more and more seasons, earning plenty of audience loyalty among their subscribers. However, the streaming giant revealed earlier this year that they're going to start cancelling series more often - with the first two to receive the axe being Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down and the Wachowskis' Sense8.
An ambitious series with production spanning multiple continents, Sense8 follows the lives of eight individuals around the world who are mentally linked in their sensate cluster. The main cluster of the series is made up of an incredibly diverse roster of characters, and fans around the world were heartbroken when Netflix canceled Sense8 after two seasons and a two-hour Christmas special. However, the streaming giant has heard fans' pleas to revive Sense8 and the sensates will return.
The official Sense8 Twitter account posted a letter signed by co-creator Lana Wachowski announcing the series will return for a two-hour series finale that is expected to debut sometime in 2018. The letter also leaves the door open for more episodes, though nothing is certain beyond the two-hour finale. Take a look at the letter below:
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
Season 2 of Sense8 premiered in May, returning fans to a world populated by the series' main cluster: Nomi Marks (Jamie Clayton), Riley Blue (Tuppence Middleton), Will Gorski (Brian J. Smith), Wolfgang Bogdanow (Max Riemelt), Kala Dandekar (Tina Desai), Sun Bak (Doona Bae), Lito Rodriguez (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), and Capheus Onyango (Aml Ameen in season 1, Toby Onwumere in season 2). However, the season 2 finale ended on a major cliffhanger, so fans were especially distraught that the series wouldn't have the chance to find out what happens to the Sense8 cluster. The cancellation by Netflix, explained as the show costs a great deal to produce and isn't one of the service's most talked about series, was also confusing considering earlier reports claimed the cast was in talks for a third season.
Now, fans will at least have a chance to see how the stories of Sense8's main characters conclude even though the two-hour finale isn't a true revival, like NBC's Timeless. (In that case, NBC canceled Timeless, before changing their mind to bring the series back for a shorter season 2.) Additionally, Sense8 may still be considered part of the troubling trend of TV this year that saw many shows focusing on diverse stories being canceled - The Get Down, Fox's Pitch, ABC's American Crime, MTV's Sweet/Vicious, Hulu's East Los High, WGN's Underground, and more.
Still, Lana Wachowski's hint that there could be more in store for Sense8 seems to indicate Netflix is at least open to the idea of bringing the series back for more beyond the two-hour finale. Of course, that will likely depend on how popular the finale turns out to be and whether the show's viewership numbers increase. Until anything is made official, fans of Sense8 have at least two more hours to spend with their favorite sensates.
Sense8 will return for a two-hour episode sometime in 2018.