When Sense8 became available for streaming on Netflix, way back in June 2015, it was well received by critics, though conquering a loyal fan base took a while longer. Even now, the opinions vary between those who absolutely love the show and those who want to love it, but find it somewhat hard to understand. (Of course, there are also the ones who haven't even heard of it, but they'll get a pass this time.) Sense8 is a product of the 'Matrix' sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski, and if their name isn't enough to convince you to watch it, here's the Season 1 trailer:
Sense8 runs on the premise that eight strangers, from different parts of the globe, can be emotionally and mentally linked. They share their sadness, their love and their hate, along with quite a few steaming sex scenes. Of course it's not all joy and pleasure for the 'Sensates' - that's how the eight are called on the show - because every good story must have its villain.
The 12-episode first season ended with a twist that threatens the lives of all Sensates, and since that moment when they managed to evade their enemy fans have been avidly expecting a Season 2. For a while there it was uncertain whether Netflix would pick the series up for a second season or not, but since they did and production kicked off, there's been a lot of water under the bridge.
For starters, 'Maze Runner' Aml Ameen, who plays Capheus - one of the Sensates, who lives in Nairobi - will not be rejoining the cast in the second season. His reasons for leaving the show so abruptly are unclear thus far, but there's speculation that he and Lana Wachowski had a falling out in a Season 2 table reading in Berlin. Newcomer Toby Onwumere will portray Chapheus from now on.
Since it's been almost an year of the series debut, fans were getting restless without any information on a premiere date. Similarly to how the fans learned that there would indeed be a Season 2 - when the actors broke the news themselves on a birthday video - Jamie Clayton took it upon herself to put the fans's minds at ease in a tweet.
In truth, there is supposed to be a Christmas Special for Sense8, not the second season episode one. The whole Season 2 will be released in 2017, as Jamie puts it "all at once" on Netflix but, so far, no specific date has been confirmed.