Fans of The OA were left heartbroken recently after Netflix confirmed it had cancelled the sci-fi drama. Netflix announced the decision on August 5
Fans of The OA were left heartbroken recently after Netflix confirmed it had cancelled the sci-fi drama. Netflix announced the decision on August 5, only four months after The OA season two dropped on the platform. The platform also released a statement about the axing from Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content for Netflix.
The missive read: “We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerising chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realising it through their incredible artistry.
“We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”
The OA co-creator Brit Marling also released a statement at the time the cancellation was announced.
The OA has been cancelled by Netflix after 2 seasons
In the lengthy message that she shared with her 232,000 followers, she said: “Zal and I are deeply sad not to finish this story. “The first time I heard the news I had a good cry.
“So did one of our executives at Netflix who has been with us since the early days when we were sketching out Hap’s basement on the floor of our production offices in Queens.
“It’s been an intense journey for everyone who worked on and cared about this story.”
She went on to expressed her “profound gratitude” to Netflix making the first and second parts possible.
Marling promised fans there would be more projects in the future, explaining: “While we cannot finish this story, I can promise you we will tell others.
“I haven’t figured out any other effective coping mechanism for being alive in the anthropocene. And maybe, in some ways, it’s okay not to conclude these characters.
The OA creator Brit Marling opened up about the cancellation
“Steve Winchell will be suspended in time in our imaginations, infinitely evolving, forever running after and finally reaching the ambulance and OA.”
In an era when the likes of Lucifer, Designated Survivor and The Expanse have all been saved, there seems to be hope for The OA to live on.
Since the news of the cancellation broke, fans have been petitioning hard to save The OA.
A Change.org petition has been launched to save The OA with a brief summary reading: “Brit and Zal spent so many countless hours creating this world and bringing it to life, hoping for five seasons.
The OA: Fans have launched a campaign to save the series
“This world is full of love, acceptance, and bravery. Something we need to see more of on our screens. Science fiction brings their imagination to life, we have to continue this. To have it cancelled after two is such a shame.
“The creators and fans of this show deserve to have the story finished.”
The petition is aiming to reach 10,000 signatures with already 8,500 people signing it.
On Twitter hashtags including #TheOAisReal and #SaveTheOA have been trending as fans try to drum up support.
Only time will tell at this stage whether the campaign to save The OA has been successful.
However, if enough fans can keep campaigning then perhaps the show could return – and if nothing else, conclude the cliffhanger season two left the story on like Sense8.
The OA season 2 only dropped earlier this year
Netflix has been quick to drop shows that aren’t working after confirming this year that Lucifer would be concluding next year with season five, only a year after coming to the rescue when it was felled from the TV schedule by FOX.
Similarly, Designated Survivor was cancelled by Netflix only a year after it was saved from the streamer when ABC decided to cancel it.
The streaming platform has also dropped 13 Reasons Why, which will be coming back for a fourth and final season next year.
The OA seasons 1 & 2 are available to watch on Netflix now