Netflix ruffled a few feathers earlier this year when it cancelled Sense8, the sci-fi thriller created by the Wachowskis. The series managed to gain a cult following during its two-season run, but production of the series was plagued by on-set difficulties and a massive budget. While many critics gave the series favorable reviews, Sense8 never quite took off in the same way other Netflix original series like Stranger Things or its Marvel series have. The series was always intended to span more than two seasons, and many fans were incensed when Netflix gave Sense8 the axe before the series’ many loose ends could be resolved. Luckily for them, Netflix has now announced that Sense8 will return for a two-hour finale to be released some time next year.
The announcement was made through an emotional letter Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski posted on Twitter which thanks fans for their tremendous outpouring of support in the wake of Sense8‘s sudden cancellation:
The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting. It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix’s (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce that there will be another two-hour special released next year. After that…if this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know.
The official Sense8 Twitter account @sense8 posted a similar message thanking the show’s supporters. Sense8‘s cancellation is somewhat of a tragic tale; while the series was loved by fans and many executives at Netflix itself, the show just became too expensive for having such a small (but dedicated) fanbase. Netflix has cancelled several other series lately for the same reasons, showing that even the undisputed leader in streaming isn’t immune to budget issues.