Netflix Will Revive 'Sense8' With a Two Hour Series Finale

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 7:32PM
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 7:32PM
Netflix Will Revive 'Sense8' With a Two Hour Series Finale
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To everyone who supported the "Revive Sense8" campaigns following the Netflix show's surprise cancellation - good job, because you actually did it.

As a response to all the outpouring of fan love, the petitions, the Tweets, the Facebook comments, the emails, and everything else, Netflix has (sort of) made a U-turn and agreed to give Sense8 an extended finale episode. Sure, it's not a full resurrection - instead of getting a third season, the show will have a Serenity style two hour special that will tie up the events of the show, while also no doubt leaving just enough options open should the Wachowskis ever get the greenlight to make more episodes. So "tell your cluster," as Netflix said:




In an open letter to fans on Twitter, co-creator Lana Wachowski made a very pointed statement about the improbability of this revival, and just how hard fans of the show had to fight in order to win against the corporate machine that Netflix has become, especially now that the streaming service is cancelling more and more of their original shows:

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"In this world it's easy to believe that you cannot make a difference; that when a government or an institution or a corporation makes a decision, there is something irrevocable about that decision; that love is always less important than the bottom line... But here is a gift from the fans of the show that I will always carry in my heart: while it is often true those decisions are irreversible, it is not always true."
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This is certainly a rare occasion - Netflix has made it very clear that the company stands to gain very little, if anything, financially from this move. While we've never been given exact numbers, the company has stated repeatedly that the viewing figures simply aren't there to justify continuing Sense8. Which means the decision to offer fans a two hour finale isn't motivated by financial gain, but by the company choosing to give back to its very vocal customers.




This could be taken cynically - it could be claimed that Netflix is merely making a token gesture to earn some goodwill from disillusioned audiences - but it's also possible to take this as a sign of positivity. That maybe, Netflix has learned something from this experiences, and that the company's heads realize just how monumentally important their shows can be to fans - even if the fanbase is small - and that sometimes, it's important to tell stories for reasons other than making money.

So if you were involved in the Sense8 movement in any way, congratulations. You fought a corporate media giant and you won, and that's something worth celebrating. No word on when the special is coming out yet, but we'll keep you updated.
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