Many fans have been awaiting the announcement from Netflix on the fate of one of the most original and thought-provoking series we’ve seen in recent years. But the news became official yesterday, Netflix has canceled The OA.
“We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Head of Originals. “We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”
The OA was born from the creative minds of Brit Marling (who starred and executive produced) and Zal Batmanglij (also executive produced). It told the story of a woman named Prarie Johnson (played by Marling), who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Despite having been blind before her disappearance, Prarie (who now calls herself “The OA” (for the “Original Angel”), can see.
It’s been four months since The OA Season 2 debuted back in March. Season 2 actually ranked higher with fans and critics alike than Season 1 did (This according to Rotten Tomatoes which has Season 1 at 77% and Season 2 at 92%). In total, fans had 16 episodes to enjoy of the rather fantastically constructed series.
The OA Canceled: Brit Marling Posts A Message For Fans
Marling posted a heartfelt message on the news yesterday on her Instagram saying, “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. Steve Winchell will be suspended in time in our imaginations, infinitely evolving, forever running after and finally reaching the ambulance and OA.”
Personally, I am incredibly saddened by the news as I was a huge fan of the series. If you haven’t checked out The OA yet, you’re in luck. You have 16 episodes of creative genius that awaits you. Take a look below.
You may be wondering if there’s a possibility that another network or platform could pick up The OA, as we’ve seen that happen a number of times in recent years with other series. Shows can move networks or even platforms if there is enough demand. It’s unclear whether that will or even can happen with the The OA -- especially since the series was a Netflix Original. But if you want to join in the campaign to save the series, head over to Change.org and sign the petition for The OA Season 3. It already has 12,500 supporters, and it’s still growing.
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