Netflix didn’t provide an official explanation, although some guess the high cost of production – $9 million per episode—was a major contribution to the decision. Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content, confirmed the cancellation in a statement.
“It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable,” Holland said. “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. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”
The cancellation doesn’t come as a complete surprise. After Netflix announced the cancellation of The Get Down, viewers worried Sense8 would follow suit. Fans even voiced their opposition to the possibility on Twitter, using the hashtag #RenewSense8.
canceling one of the most amazing & diverse LGBTQ+ shows on Netflix, MID-STORY, at the start of Pride month, are you serious? #Sense8— emrys 🌊✨ (@starryseasart) June 1, 2017
10. #Sense8 had MULTIPLE messages about the importance of inclusion and being accepted and why it's okay to be yourself— Julia (@Julia_Ravyn) June 1, 2017
Others compared the cancellation to the renewal of the controversial 13 Reasons Why, which Netflix just confirmed a second season for.
Imagine. We live in a world where 13 Reasons Why gave us all 13 reasons & earned a 2nd season, but #Sense8 gets cancelled on a cliffhanger.— kharis. (@kharismg) June 1, 2017
Everyone could agree, however, that the cancellation totally sucks.
Actors from the series, including Freema Agyeman, tweeted their disappointment as well.
“Dear Sense8 fans, thank you,” Agyeman said. “Your support & enthusiasm has been, & still is, off the scale. And we feel you! What an incredible journey!”
Dear @Sense8 fans. Thank you. Your support & enthusiasm has been, & still is, off the scale! And we feel you!! 🕊What an incredible journey!!— Freema Agyeman (@FreemaOfficial) June 1, 2017
We are all heartbroken.💔This show was the DEFINITION of global, equal, groundbreaking, diverse. TV at its most representational & inclusive. https://t.co/hfHxzEE54b— Freema Agyeman (@FreemaOfficial) June 1, 2017
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
Thank you for being a part of our journey. Sensates forever. pic.twitter.com/SClwiY3rwy— Sense8 (@sense8) June 1, 2017
“Our hit ratio is way too high right now,” he said. “I’m always pushing the content team; we have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things, because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”