This morning, disappointed fans tuned into an exciting Twitter announcement from the page for the canceled Netflix series Sense8.
Attached to the tweet was a statement from the show's creator Lana Wachowski. "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," she wrote. "I confess I fell into a fairly serious depression." However, Wachowski found that many fans were equally upset by the show's cancellation. Nearly 9,000 fans pleaded for Netflix to return the series in a petition that read, "Cut the budget if needed, but not the show. It is needed now more than ever in the harsh and judgmental climate we find ourselves in."
Wachowski explained how the fans' disappointment touched her. "Friends kept calling from all over the world asking, 'Isn't there anything you can do?'" she wrote. "And the truth was, no. By myself, there was nothing I could do ... 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."
She then announced that Netflix will screen a two-hour special finale for the show, which is about a psychically linked group of characters, with some who are gay, transgender, women, and people of color from international backgrounds. It also features one of the few transgender actors to appear in a trans role on television: Jamie Clayton. The finale will provide a chance to tie up loose ends for the characters and fans -- who were overcome with relief.
Viewers shared the sentiment Wachowski lovingly wrote in her statement: "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."