After only two seasons, it looks like Netflix is pulling the plug on Sense8. The news was announced on June 1, with confirmation of some of the rumors that had been previously circulating that the series was in trouble.
"After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end," said Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of Original Content, “It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kickass and outright unforgettable. 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.”
While definitely disappointing to fans, this news should not come as a total surprise. It was only earlier this week that actor Brian J. Smith—who plays Will Gorski—tweeted that fans needed to start showing their support if they wanted to help save the show.
Though the reception of the series was generally favorable overall, Netflix did notice a sharp drop off of viewers after the third episode, leading creator J. Michael Straczynski to encourage fans to watch it "straight through – three, four, six times."
Though there has been no reason given behind the cancellation, given the popularity of the series, the speculation of the general public seems to be that the series was simply too expensive to keep afloat, considering the wide variety of locations the series needed for filming.
So if you’re looking for the series to wrap itself up neatly, you may have to turn to fanfic. Sense8 itself is officially—and unfortunately--done.