Within a month of Netflix releasing Sense8 Season 2 with minimal fanfare or marketing, the series beloved for LGBTQ+ and racial diversity was unceremoniously cancelled.
The loyal fandom was instantly up in arms, circulating the hashtags #RenewSense8 and #BringBackSense8 and launching multiple petitions for Netflix to give the show another chance. (A friend even asked me to “use my powers” and help out, which means he either fundamentally misunderstands my job or thinks I myself am a sensate.)
Netflix released an official statement Thursday in direct response to these efforts sadly, the show’s fate won’t change.
It’s rare for Netflix to cancel a show, but 2017 is the platform’s most stacked year yet, with over 30 originals scheduled for release. It didn’t escape critical fans that racially and sexually diverse shows like Sense8 and The Get Down were first to get the axe. Previous cancellations include Longmire, Hemlock Grove, Lilyhammer, and Marco Polo.
Sense8 takes place all over the world with Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Smith), and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt); eight seemingly random individuals who learn that they share a powerful metaphysical bond. Season 1 saw them discovering this connection, while in Season 2 they seek to embrace and harness it against a terrifying villain who hunts them.
Sense8 is now streaming, in its entirety, on Netflix.