Fans are pretty upset about the cancellation of Sense8, but what about the stars? Recently, castmember Brian J. Smith wrote a lengthy response to the end of the Netflix TV show.
From the Wachowskis, the drama follows eight people from different parts of the world who are mentally connected to each other. The cast includes Tina Desai, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, Donna Bae, Brian J. Smith, Max Riemelt, and Toby Onwumere.
Netflix cancelled Sense8 only a few weeks after it second season debuted in May. Fans vowed to save the series, but the streaming service posted a message this week saying the cancellation was final. The show is not coming back.
On Twitter, Smith explained why the series was cancelled and thanked fans for all their effort:
I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of you for the love and support and fight you’ve put up the last week or so. In the wake of such bad news it was heartening to know that what Sense8 stood for meant so much to so many people.
And since you’ve been so extraordinarily passionate I feel it’s only fair that you get more than lip service or a silly tweet from me.
Guys, there are no secrets here. I’ve been given the same reason for the cancelation that you have: viewership. As far as I’m aware there is no shady court intrigue that contributed to Netflix’s decision, and I know that a lot of very smart people had to reach a consensus in order to pull the plug on a show that they had already invested an insane amount of capital in, even if that meant the story would never get an ending. I think the saddest part of finishing a show this way is knowing that future audiences will never pick up a story they know has no resolution. It’s seems like such a waste.
Do you remember when I tweeted on May 30, in response to a fan’s concern that the show might get canceled, “This might be a good time to start making some noise”? I had a pretty clear idea by that point that Netflix had made their move, and I also knew from previous experience that once a cancellation is announced there is no going back. It is absolutely final, and the fans are left feeling helpless and angry. I stepped out of my lane and preempted the official announcement because you, our cluster, deserved to have your voices heard. And you came roaring back in a way I wasn’t expecting. It was beyond awesome. I guarantee you, you were seen and you were heard.
Please know that the fight you all put up in trying to save something that you loved will forever be the “final season” of Sense8. YOU have given the show the ending it deserved. Even if that fight didn’t have a happy ending, it meant something. Don’t ever forget that.
Our Netflix producers Peter, Cindy and Tara were fans of the show from day one. They partied with us, encouraged us, supported us unconditionally. I do not envy the position they are in here. Netflix is a relatively young enterprise and these kinds of growing pains suck. But please remember that they made this strange, gorgeous, unconventional show possible in the first place, and the show would have continued if only the viewership justified the expense. It may not seem fair in the face of such passionate fan backlash, but it always, ALWAYS boils down to numbers.
There is no anger or bitterness in my heart. This boy from Texas got to see the world, got to work with the Wachowskis and that amazing cast and crew, many of whom are lifelong friends; got to meet so many of you. I think you can tell that I’ve grown a lot as an actor between seasons one and two. That’s all I could ever want out of this experience. The rest is gravy.
You can all rest easy knowing that even though the show won’t continue you’ve made a difference. You put up a good, hell no, a friggen GREAT fight. I will forever consider Sense8 to be a kind of Unfinished Symphony, a reminder to never take the things we love for granted. I’m going to miss the show and I’m going to miss Gorski, but I’m going forward and I’m never going to be the same.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
What do you think? Did you watch Sense8? Do you think Netflix should’ve renewed it for a third season?