Sense8, Netflix’s sci-fi-themed series about strangers with a psychic bond, has been canceled after two seasons, the streaming service has confirmed.
“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix ’s vice president for original content. “It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable.”
The show broke new ground, both for its wide-ranging settings and its incredibly diverse representation—including a trans hacker (played by transgender actress Jamie Clayton) and a closeted Latino actor (Miguel Angel Silvestre) tiptoeing out of the closet.
“Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world,” Holland added.
Clayton told NewNowNext that the show’s fanbase has been huge all over the world, though there were still people bothered by its boundary-pushing: “Of all the negative comments we get, I’m always surprised how people are offended by the sex, but not the violence. Two people of the same gender, or people of different skin, sets them off. But the fighting and all that is fine. That says something is off in our culture.”
Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the trans siblings behind The Matrix created the series with J. Michael Straczynski, though Lilly departed after Season One to focus on her transition.
Netflix rarely gives any reasons for why it cancels programs, or about ratings, but Sense8’s high budget—the show was shot in more than a dozen cities and each episode cost $9 million to make—was likely a factor.
The second season, which dropped May 5, ended on a big cliffhanger, but a big wrap-everything-up movie is unlikely. (As is any other network adopting the show.)
Other shows that have been axed by Netflix include Marco Polo, Bloodline, Hemlock Grove and Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down.
Sorry guys. Thanks for your passion and support these last few days, was very moving to see your love for the show. En Evant! https://t.co/77H3Ob7OGB
— Brian J. Smith (@BrianJacobSmith) June 1, 2017