Recently, Netflix cancelled their series Sense8 following the release of the second season. Fans responded passionately, creating petitions and starting a campaign to #BringBackSense8, but Netflix wasn’t on board. Their response from earlier this month:
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.
Today, however, series co-creator Lana Wachowski took to the Sense8 Twitter account to release the following update:
Dear Sense8 Family,
I have been meaning to write this letter for some time. The outpouring of love and grief that came in the wake of the news that Sense8 would not be continuing was so intense that I often found myself unable to open my own email. I confess I fell into a fairly serious depression.
I had never worked so hard, or put so much of myself into a project as I had with Sense8 and its cancellation hollowed me out. I felt the disappointment of my amazing crew (I wish people could understand the impossibilities they achieved with implausible regularity.) I felt the sadness of the actors who had given so much of themselves, always finding more whenever the sun broke from the clouds. But most of all I felt the heartbreak of our fans (again I wish I could cluster with you to share some of the beautiful moments, the hugs, tears, and laughter, as well as the insightful and humbling conversations I have had with people who have connected to this show; they are unlike any fans I have ever encountered as an artist.)
Friends kept calling from all over the world asking, “Isn’t there anything you can do?”
And the truth was, no. By myself, there was nothing I could do.
But just as the characters in our show discover that they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we.
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.
In this world it is easy to believe that you cannot make a difference; that when a government or an institution or corporation makes a decision, there is something irrevocable about the decision; that love is always less important than the bottom line.
But here is a gift from the fans of this show that I will carry forever in my heart: while it is often true those decisions are irreversible, it is not always true.
Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!)
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.
Thank you all. Now let’s go find out what happens to Wolfgang.
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 29, 2017