Production on Sense8‘s finale special is officially underway. The globe-spanning sci-fi epic was cancelled by Netflix back in June, with chief content officer Ted Sarandos citing high costs and low viewership. It wasn’t entirely surprising: The large-scale series filmed in 16 cities and 13 countries for its first 23 episodes alone, and cost a reported $9 million per episode. It certainly had a dedicated fan base, but apparently not one large enough to justify such a pricey, time-consuming project.
Nonetheless, viewers rallied around the show in the wake of its cancellation, launching online campaigns and petitions to save it. Netflix stood by its decision, but did, however, grant Sense8 a two-hour special to wrap up its expansive, elaborate narrative. Season 2 was released in full in May, but it ended on a major cliffhanger, so this gives the team a chance to lend the series some closure.
Now, four months later, production has begun. Star Miguel Angel Silvestre, who plays Lito – a core cluster member struggling to merge his private life as a gay man with his public persona as an actor – took to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate its start. “llá vamos! There we go!” he wrote alongside a photo of the script. Based on the snapshot, the special appears to have been written by co-creator Lana Wachowski, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, and novelist Aleksandar Hemon, all of whom worked on season 2.
Details about the special remain scarce, but it will surely pick up where season 2 left off. In the finale, the villainous Whispers had captured Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) and begun to unleash crippling torture upon him and the rest of the cluster. But Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Will (Brian J. Smith), Kala (Tina Desai), Sun (Doona Bae), Capheus (Toby Onwumere), and Lito quickly rallied together and sprung into action, and by the end, they had Whispers and Jonas – now intrinsically linked to Whispers – in their clutches. That’s not a bad place to start as far as send-offs go, though there will undoubtedly be at least one last battle between BPO and the sensates. Plus, the other clusters introduced in season 2 will likely tie in somehow, especially since Lila is the one who sold Wolfgang out.
Sense8‘s cancellation is a loss for many, and it does seem to add to the troubling trend of diverse shows getting axed. Notably, it was one of the most LGBTQ-friendly projects on-air, and its cast was racially and ethnically varied. But at least it has an opportunity to make a grand goodbye, and as for the future, Wachowski has made it clear that the door is always open for more.
Sense8 will air a two-hour series finale special in 2018 on Netflix.
Source: Miguel Angel Silvestre
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