Netflix is partially walking back its decision to cancel “Sense8.” The show still won’t be returning for a third season, but it will get a chance to wrap up its story.

Co-creator Lana Wachowski writes in a letter to fans (posted on the show’s Twitter account Thursday) that the outcry following the cancellation helped lead to a green light to make a two-hour finale that will bring “Sense8’s” story to a more definitive conclusion. Season 2 of the show, which launched in early May, ended on a cliffhanger.

Netflix canceled “Sense8” on June 1 in a very old-school TV move. The streaming service didn’t cite a reason for the cancellation, but the show’s budget had reportedly ballooned in Season 2 to nearly $100 million. In her letter, Wachowski notes “the numbers have always been challenging.”

Fans of the show were left hanging and focused their energy on getting the streaming service to change its mind. According to Wachowski, that energy helped change Netflix’s mind.

“[J]ust as the characters in our show discover they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we,” she writes. “The passionate letters, the petitions, the collective voice that rose up like the fist of Sun to fight for this show was beyond what anyone was expecting. … Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought ‘Sense8’ back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!)”

The two-hour wrap-up will air sometime in 2018; a more specific date will be announced later.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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