‘Sense8 Special Finale’: Release date and everything we know so far

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Sense8 is returning to Netflix for one final outing, which is confirmed to arrive on Netflix in 2018. The series finale comes as a massive shock to fans worldwide who expected season 2 to be the last. However, thanks to a significant outcry from fans, Netflix green-lit one last special finale episode.

Sense8 Finale Trailers

On May 17th, 2018, Netflix released the official trailer for the Sense8 finale, featuring 2 minutes and 13 seconds of heart-pounding content.

On December 11th, the Sense8 team provided an update on the progress of the special.

When Will Sense8 Finale Be on Netflix?

On April 24th, Netflix announced that the final episode of Sense8 would arrive on June 8th, 2018.

Recap of Sense8’s Cancellation

2017 saw a significant purge of major Netflix titles, including The Get Down, Girlboss, and Gypsy. For most, swelling budgets meant Netflix could no longer sustain them financially, and the globe-trotting Sense8 series was also affected.

On June 1st, just a few weeks after the premiere of season 2, Netflix announced it would no longer continue making Sense8, and there would not be a season 3. This decision sparked one of the biggest social media outcries ever directed at a corporation, urging it to reverse its decision. The campaign was successful, and Netflix announced it would create a finale episode to properly conclude the show.

Lana Wachowski, the director and writer for the show, described the reversal as ‘unbelievable’. She added, ‘Anyone who knows this business knows that this is a rare occurrence’.

Finale Plot

Numerous storylines need resolution. Season 2 ended with the Sensates in London, having just captured Whispers, who had been torturing Wolfgang. Additionally, the sense8 rivalry needs addressing after the team discovers another cluster. The main goal of the episode is to tie up these smaller plotlines, which are a significant reason why many people fell in love with the show.

How’s the Production Going?

Production is progressing, and like with F is for Family Season 3, you can follow the show’s production closely! As of November 14th, 2017, the show was in its sixth week of filming, with sections filmed in Naples, London, Paris, Munich, Berlin, and Seoul.

A special scene, possibly the final scene, was shot in Paris, featuring a massive firework display at the Eiffel Tower. Some spectators captured videos of the event.

Casting Changes?

All of the Sense8 cast were set to return for season 3 of Sense8, with contracts signed and ready. The swift approval of the special episode likely meant existing contracts were honored.

There will be no major casting changes for the final episode. All main cluster members will return, including the new actor for Capheus, who was recast in season 2.

What We Learned from Sense8Con 2018

Sense8con 2018

For Sense8 fans, Paris was the place to be earlier this year as the first annual Sense8Con took place. While there weren’t many key announcements, the event covered plenty, with four special guests discussing the upcoming finale special and hinting at season 3 as well.

Four guest stars attended the convention, all members of the cast: Brian J Smith (Will Gorski), Jamie Clayton (Nomi Marks), Max Riemelt (Wolfgang Bogdanow), and Max Mauff (Felix Berner). Lana, the show’s creator, made appearances and sent an exclusive trailer to the con, which reportedly displeased Netflix executives.

There’ll Be Another Sense8Con Next Year

Interested in joining Sense8Con next year? The event organizers announced that they would host the second event next year in Paris, on March 30th and March 31st, 2019.

How Long Will the Finale Episode Be?

The first trailer for the finale confirmed that the final episode would be 2 hours long. This duration matches that of the Christmas special episode (season 2, episode 1).

Could Season 3 of Sense8 Eventually Happen?

Unfortunately, no. The two-hour finale was crafted specifically to conclude the show on a high note and tie up all storylines. While it remains to be seen how well these storylines will be concluded, Netflix’s decision to cancel season 3 is expected to stand.

Are you looking forward to the final farewell for Sense8? Let us know in the comments.

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 Poster Rating: TV-MA
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Cast: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton
Season Additions:
  • - Season 2 - Episode 12 was added to Netflix on June 8th, 2018