|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||24 (list of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single-camera |
|Running time||46–151 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD) |
|Audio format||5.1 (Surround) with optional Descriptive Video Service track  |
|Original release||June 5, 2015 –|
June 8, 2018
Sense8 (a play on the word sensate /ˈsɛnseɪt/ ) is an American science fiction drama streaming television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. The production companies behind Sense8 included the Wachowskis' Anarchos Productions (replaced by Lana and her wife's Venus Castina Productions in the second season), Straczynski's Studio JMS, and Georgeville Television, with Unpronounceable Productions having been set up specifically for the show. 
The show's first season introduced a multinational ensemble cast, with Aml Ameen, Bae Doona, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Brian J. Smith portraying eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly discover that they are "sensates": human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked. Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah also star. In the second season Toby Onwumere replaces Ameen. The show explores issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and politics that its creators felt had been rarely addressed on television.    Its central theme is an embrace of empathy across difference. 
All episodes of the first season of Sense8 were written by the Wachowskis and Straczynski; in the second season, Lilly Wachowski took a break from the show, and the episodes were written by just Lana Wachowski and Straczynski, with the exception of the series finale which was written by Lana, David Mitchell, and Aleksandar Hemon. Most episodes were directed by the Wachowskis (or just Lana in the second season), with the remainder being divided between their frequent collaborators James McTeigue, Tom Tykwer, and Dan Glass. Sense8 was filmed almost entirely on location in a multitude of cities around the world.
The first season, consisting of 12 episodes, became available for streaming on Netflix on June 5, 2015, and was met with generally favorable critical reception. It was praised for its representation of LGBTQ characters and themes, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. It was also recognized with a Location Managers Guild award for its use of locations as an integral part of the story, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
The second season began with a two-hour Christmas special in December 2016, with the remaining 10 episodes released in May 2017. However, the following month Netflix announced that they had cancelled the series, which had ended with a cliffhanger in expectation of a third season, then under negotiation. In response to criticism of the cancellation, especially with an unresolved story, Netflix produced a two-and-a-half-hour series finale that was released on June 8, 2018. The season was overall met with positive critical reception and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), and two nominations by the GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series for the season proper and series finale, respectively.
The story of Sense8 begins when the psychic connection of eight strangers of a variety of walks of life from different parts of the world is "birthed" by a woman called Angelica, who kills herself to avoid capture by a man called "Whispers". The eight discover that they form a cluster of "sensates": human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked, can sense and communicate with one another, and can share their knowledge, language and skills.
In the first season, the eight—Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito, and Will—are shown trying both to live their everyday lives and to figure how and why they are connected. Meanwhile, a sensate named Jonas, who was involved with Angelica, comes to their aid, while the sinister Biologic Preservation Organization (BPO) and Whispers, a high-ranking sensate inside BPO, attempt to hunt them down.
In the second season, the eight have grown accustomed to their connection and help one another daily. They learn more about sensates and how to use (and temporarily suspend) their powers as well as the history and goals of BPO and Angelica's involvement with it. They also meet other sensates, not all of whom are friendly. At the same time, Jonas attempts to both aid them and look after himself after being captured by Whispers, who is now involved in a cat-and-mouse game with Will, each trying to outsmart the other.
In the series finale, the cluster and the people closest to them meet up in person to save Wolfgang who has been captured by BPO. To that end, the cluster has kidnapped Whispers and Jonas to use them as a bargaining chip and source of information, respectively. The heroes discover the personal motivations of the two men and Angelica, meet potential allies (both sensates and normal humans), and deal with the Chairman of BPO, who launches a global attack against sensates and their allies.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Limbic Resonance"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|2||2||"I Am Also a We"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|3||3||"Smart Money Is on the Skinny Bitch"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|4||4||"What's Going On?"||Tom Tykwer||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|5||5||"Art Is Like Religion"||James McTeigue||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|6||6||"Demons"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|7||7||"W. W. N. Double D?"||James McTeigue||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|8||8||"We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts"||Dan Glass||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|9||9||"Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|10||10||"What Is Human?"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|11||11||"Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes"||Tom Tykwer||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|12||12||"I Can't Leave Her"||The Wachowskis||The Wachowskis & J. Michael Straczynski||June 5, 2015|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|13||1||"Happy Fucking New Year."|
"A Christmas Special" [lower-alpha 2]
|Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||December 23, 2016|
|14||2||"Who Am I?"||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|15||3||"Obligate Mutualisms"||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|16||4||"Polyphony"||James McTeigue||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|17||5||"Fear Never Fixed Anything"||James McTeigue||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|18||6||"Isolated Above, Connected Below"||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|19||7||"I Have No Room in My Heart for Hate"||James McTeigue||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|20||8||"All I Want Right Now Is One More Bullet"||Dan Glass||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|21||9||"What Family Actually Means"||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|22||10||"If All the World's a Stage, Identity Is Nothing But a Costume"||Tom Tykwer||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|23||11||"You Want a War?"||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski & J. Michael Straczynski||May 5, 2017|
|24||12||"Amor Vincit Omnia" [lower-alpha 3]||Lana Wachowski||Lana Wachowski &|
David Mitchell & Aleksandar Hemon
|June 8, 2018|
According to the Wachowskis, the origins of Sense8 date back several years before the announcement of the show to "a late-night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us".  When deciding to create a television series, Lana chose to brainstorm ideas with Straczynski because of his extensive experience working with the format, by inviting him to her house in San Francisco.   After several days of discussion, they decided on creating a show that would explore the relationship between empathy and evolution in the human race, necessitating filming on location in several countries over the world.   The title of the show was thought up by Lana on their second day of brainstorming, as a play on the word sensate and the notion of eight main characters.  
On October 2, 2012, Variety first reported the existence of the show. The Wachowskis and Straczynski had written three hour-long spec scripts, and were attempting to shop them around.  Their first meeting with potential buyers was with Netflix. The Wachowskis and Straczynski talked to them about subjects such as gender, identity, secrecy, and privacy.  Netflix announced that they had ordered a 10-episode first season for the series on March 27, 2013,  which during filming was extended to 12.   Straczynski and the Wachowskis mapped out five seasons worth of stories for the series from the beginning,  including the series' final episode.  Lilly Wachowski, after completing her gender transition, decided to take some time off and did not return as writer or director for the second season,  although she remained active as co-creator. 
Producer Roberto Malerba has disclosed that the first season had an average budget of about $4.5 million per episode, and the second season $9 million per episode.  
Initial writing for the first season was split between the Wachowskis and Straczynski.  The show was transformed when they decided to limit the storytelling, with the exception of the opening scene of the first episode, to the perspective of the eight characters.  Lana Wachowski, a trans woman, has written her first transgender character in her career in the series: Nomi Marks. For that she partly used her own experiences.  Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, has provided the example of a scene where a young Nomi is bullied by boys in a gym shower, as a scene that was based on experiences from Lana's life.  Freema Agyeman, who plays Nomi's girlfriend Amanita, has shared that her character was based heavily on Lana's wife, Karin Winslow. 
Unlike the first season, where the Wachowskis and Straczynski split the number of scripts in half and worked remotely from each other,  writing for the second season was performed by Lana and Straczynski by collaborating inside a shared writers' room.  David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon worked as additional writers on the second season and were credited as "consultants".    They spent a week in September 2015 with Lana, Straczynski, and script supervisor Julie Brown, proposing to them situations to be further developed by Lana and Straczynski.  Later, once filming began, Lana did a lot of rewrites on a daily basis as she got inspired by the locations, actors, and so on, even on the set.    When the series finale special was announced, Lana, Mitchell, and Hemon returned as writers. 
On June 20, 2014, Deadline Hollywood announced the cast of the eight lead characters, along with Freema Agyeman, Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Alfonso Herrera, Eréndira Ibarra, and Terence Mann.  For the roles of those characters living outside of America, the filmmakers wanted to assemble a cast of international actors that matched the nationality of their respective characters, if possible. For example, Doona Bae, Tina Desai, and Max Riemelt are from Seoul, Mumbai, and Berlin like their respective characters.  Jamie Clayton is a trans woman like the character she plays.  In November, Deadline Hollywood wrote than Christian Oliver had joined the cast as a recurring villain. 
On April 26, 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that Aml Ameen abruptly left production a couple of episodes into filming of the second season over a conflict with Lana Wachowski that started during the table read for the season and progressively got worse.  Subsequent to Ameen's departure, the role of Capheus was recast to Toby Onwumere after a seven-day auditioning process.  Earlier in April, Kick Gurry revealed he had been cast in the second season.  In May, Deadline Hollywood reported Ben Cole had been cast as Todd, a sensate who would rather be "normal".  In September, Sylvester McCoy reportedly revealed he filmed three or four episodes of the second season. 
To properly tell the international aspects of the story, filming for Sense8 took place almost entirely on location around the globe. In the first season, filming took place in nine cities located in eight countries: Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Reykjavík, San Francisco, and Seoul.  Production began on June 18, 2014, in San Francisco.  The writers wanted to feature an event in each city.  They were able to schedule the Pride  scenes with its Dykes on Bikes on the Dyke March   in San Francisco, the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Chicago, and the Ganesha Chaturthi Hindu festival in Mumbai.  Filming wrapped in Iceland on January 21, 2015.  By the end of the shooting, the filmmakers had completed 100,000 miles (160,000 km) of flight time, or four times around the globe. 
For the second season, production credited 16 cities located in 11 countries for having been part of the filming.  The major locations they filmed in include all of the first season's except Reykjavík, and the following new ones: Amsterdam, Argyll, Chippenham, Los Angeles, Malta, Positano, Redwoods, and São Paulo.  Production start for the main unit of the second season was given an expected date of March 2016,  but a separate shoot involving the principal actors began on December 30, 2015, in Berlin, to capture footage during the Christmas holidays.    Main unit filming resumed in Berlin in the middle of March 2016.  In São Paulo, they filmed unrehearsed in front of a crowd of millions in its 20th Gay Pride Parade.  In Amsterdam, they were the first production to film in the Rijksmuseum.  On September 19, 2016, with the completion of the Malta shoot, filming for the second season came to an end.   Overall, the cast and crew flew in excess of 250,000 miles (400,000 km) to complete the season.  Filming for the series finale took place in Berlin, Brussels, Naples, and Paris.  Production began in Berlin on October 2, 2017.   In Paris, they filmed a four-minute fireworks show near the Eiffel Tower.  Filming wrapped in Berlin on November 12, 2017.  
Netflix required the production to shoot with 4K resolution cameras to make the look of the show future-proof.  During the first season, cinematographer John Toll, once again collaborating with the Wachowskis after Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending ,  personally handled the cinematography in San Francisco, Chicago, London, Iceland, and Seoul.  In the second season he handled the majority of the locations.  Additional cinematographers worked with the rest of the directors in the remaining locations.  James McTeigue worked with Danny Ruhlman,  and Tom Tykwer worked with Frank Griebe and Christian Almesberger.   Toll returned as cinematographer for the series finale, teaming up again with Lana. 
Toll's cinematography in the third episode of the second season was recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) during the 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. 
The show's directors were attached to locations instead of episodes  and with several countries appearing in every episode, in reality none of them has a singular director.  During the first season, the Wachowskis were responsible for directorial duties in scenes shot in Chicago,  San Francisco,  London, and Iceland.  McTeigue worked on the Mexico City and Mumbai parts  along with some in Reykjavík,  and Tykwer helmed Berlin   and Nairobi.  Dan Glass made his directorial debut in the Seoul part of the story.  In total, the Wachowskis were credited for directing seven episodes, McTeigue and Tykwer two each, and Glass one. 
In the second season, Lana Wachowski took over many of the filmmaking aspects of the show.  Production sound mixer Stevie Haywood recounted Lana's directing style was to use two cameras as the default setup, and develop the shot over "enormously long takes" which could last up to fifteen to twenty minutes.  McTeigue returned as director for Mexico City,  and Tykwer for the Nairobi parts.  According to Glass, in the second season he directed the second unit in Seoul, and he also did some directing in Berlin.  Overall, six episodes of the second season, including the Christmas special and series finale,  credit Lana as director, three credit McTeigue, and Tykwer and Glass get credited each in one.
Seoul unit director Dan Glass and Jim Mitchell were the visual effects supervisors of the first season. The season had a total VFX shot count of about 1200.   An in-house VFX team was established in Chicago which completed over 700 shots. The major external VFX vendors were Locktix VFX (160–180 shots), Technicolor VFX (over 100 shots),  and Encore VFX.  Because of the series' tight budget and timeline the production made the decision to do most of the effects, including the telepathy scenes, in-camera and only enhance them digitally where appropriate.  Technicolor provided dailies and worked with cinematographer John Toll and the Wachowskis to color grade the show. Technicolor finished the show in 4K and delivered both 2K and 4K masters.  
In the second season, the visual effects supervisors were Dan Glass and Ryan Urban.  Technicolor were again responsible for managing dailies and color grading the show, while their VFX department delivered over 600 shots for the first 11 episodes, and an additional 109 for the series finale.   Sense8 was edited in the Wachowskis' headquarters in Chicago,    Kinowerks,  by Joe Hobeck and Joseph Jett Sally in the first season and by Sally and Fiona Colbeck in the second.  
The score of Sense8 was composed by Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer, with additional contributions by Gabriel Isaac Mounsey,  and recorded by the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.   Each season's score was written up to a year and a half before filming began,  enabling the production to play it back to the actors before shooting a scene.  A soundtrack album for the first season was released digitally by WaterTower Music on May 5, 2017. It includes 10 tracks by Klimek and Tykwer.  For the second season, Klimek and Tykwer provided the editorial team with about 10 "mother" themes, each with a length of over five minutes, before filming began.  In the Christmas special episode "Happy F*cking New Year", a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is featured, which was arranged by Gary Fry and recorded by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, with the lead vocalist being Daniel Martin Moore. The episode also featured a Matstubs remix of "I'd Love To Change The World".  
The theme music of Sense8 was picked by the Wachowskis from the two hours of original music Tykwer and Klimek had written.  The show received a nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music during the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  For the series almost two-minute long title sequence, Karin Winslow rented a car and with the help of a camera assistant traveled in the eight featured countries of the first season and captured over a hundred shots. "My directive from Lana was to go out and describe each country by what you see; find the nuances, find the food, find what people are doing, get a feel for the place," said Winslow.  For the second season, and again for the finale, some of the footage was replaced by new shots.  
On June 1, 2017, Netflix announced they had cancelled the series after two seasons.   Later that month, Chief Content Officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos during his talk on Produced By Conference, commented that the show was cancelled because its audience, despite being very passionate, was not large enough to support the high production costs.  As a response to the cancellation, fans created online petitions, called Netflix, and tweeted #RenewSense8 and other hashtags, in an attempt to bring back the show. On June 29, 2017, the official social media accounts of the show posted a letter by Lana Wachowski which announced the release of a two-hour special for 2018.  The special was released on June 8, 2018.  
Netflix billed the second special in their announcement as the series finale, but Lana left open the future of Sense8 past the special's release.  On August 5, 2017, during a Facebook Live with Lana and the cast about the show's revival, Lana joked that because she believed that the fans of the show would go and create more fans, she was writing the entire third season.   A few days later, Brian J. Smith said during an interview that he believed if "a truly eyebrow-raising amount of people" watched the special, they would make more.  Conversely, shortly after the special's release, executive producer Grant Hill said that they followed Netflix's directive to design it as the series finale,  and that there have not been any talks about the possibility of another revival. 
Straczynski and Hemon have shared some hints about the character trajectories that were planned for the third season and beyond.   
Critical reception of the first season of Sense8 has been generally favorable. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator website, reported a 71% critical approval rating with an average rating of 6.25/10 based on 62 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Some of the scenarios border on illogical, but the diverse characters and the creative intersections between their stories keep the Wachowskis' Sense8 compelling."  On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the season is assigned a score of 64 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". 
Sense8 continued to be positively received in its second season. Rotten Tomatoes indexed 15 reviews for the early released Christmas special, and reported an 87% critical approval rating for it, with an average rating of 6.88/10. The website assigned the following consensus to the special: "Sense8 serves up a heaping helping of yuletide queerness and sci-fi slyness in this narratively messy but richly felt special."  Based on 28 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes assigned the 10 episodes that followed the special a critical approval rating of 93%, with an average rating of 7.57/10. The critical consensus reads, "Sense8 maintains its stunning visuals, Wachowski wackiness, and great heart — though its individual characters deserve more development."  On Metacritic, the season was assigned a score of 73 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".  Rotten Tomatoes also collected 28 reviews for the series finale, and calculated a 93% critical approval rating, and an average rating of 7.15/10. The finale's critical consensus reads, "A hard fought coda to a beloved series, Sense8's epilogue exemplifies its strange, sensual, somewhat silly delights." 
In a report released by Netflix, it was discovered that at least 70% of the viewers that watched up to the third episode ended up watching the entire first season,  and Straczynski was told there are people that watch it "straight through – three, four, six times."  In another report released by Netflix, Sense8 was listed among the shows whose viewers tend to heavily binge-watch their first seasons, rather than savoring their episodes by watching them at a slower pace.  Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos praised the success of Sense8 in the up-and-coming French and German markets  but also globally.  Vice president of international series for Netflix Erik Barmack has named Sense8 one of the most popular Netflix series in the Brazilian market.  Less than three days after the premiere of the first season, Variety reported that it had been pirated more than half a million times, regardless of the series' digital distribution.  Netflix also placed the second season of Sense8 at fifth place on their list for the year 2017 about couples where one of the two cannot resist the urge to watch, and ends up watching episodes ahead of their significant other. 
Former Colombian President and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Juan Manuel Santos heavily referenced Sense8 in a speech he made in April 2019 during the graduation ceremony of students of the University of Los Andes who participated in the Ser Pilo Paga program. Santos recited the basic premise of the show about the fictional species Homo sensorium who can feel empathy for one another, and expressed his wish and belief that one day humanity will be the same, "united in diversity and tolerance". 
Critics and writers such as David Barr Kirtley have commented on the influence of Theodore Sturgeon's novel More Than Human on Sense8, even calling it, "the Theodore Sturgeon adaptation we always wanted."  
|2015||Camerimage||First Look – TV Pilots Competition||Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (directors), Christian Almesberger, Frank Griebe, Danny Ruhlmann and John Toll (cinematographers)(for: "Limbic Resonance")||Nominated|
|2016||Dorian Awards||LGBTQ TV Show of the Year||Sense8||Nominated|
|Campy TV Show of the Year||Sense8||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Sense8||Won|
|HPA Awards||Outstanding Color Grading – Television||Tony Dustin (for: "What's Going On?")||Nominated|
|Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series||Marco Giacalone and Bill Bowling||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best New Media Television Series||Sense8||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music||Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer||Nominated|
|2017||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||John Toll (for: "Obligate Mutualisms")||Nominated|
|2018||Dorian Awards||LGBTQ TV Show of the Year||Sense8||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Sense8||Nominated|
|2019||Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures||Marcus Loges, Alex Boden, Roberto Malerba, Terry Needham, John Toll, Lana Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski, and Grant Hill (for: "Together Until the End") [lower-alpha 4]||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series||Sense8||Nominated|
The red carpet premiere of Sense8 took place on May 27, 2015, in San Francisco's AMC Metreon,   where the first three episodes were previewed.  Starting in the middle of July 2015, Netflix Brazil released a series of documentary shorts called Sense8: Decoded. Inspired by Sense8 and directed by João Wainer, the shorts briefly touch upon subjects such as psychiatry, feminism, being transgender and Buddhism.     Later in the month, Netflix released a music track titled Brainwave Symphony on Spotify.  To produce it they subjected eight strangers to a series of various stimuli and they recorded their individual brainwaves using EEG sensors. After extracting a melody from each of them they arranged them in a way to produce a track which mirrors the escalating action of the season.   In early August 2015, Netflix made available Sense8: Creating the World, a half-hour streaming television documentary, shot around the world, about the making of the first season of the series.  
On May 3, 2016, publicity stills of the ongoing production of the second season were posted online, accompanied by a short message by Lana Wachowski introducing the #Road2Sense8 hashtag under which new pictures would be posted.    On December 3, 2016, the Christmas special episode was screened at São Paulo's Comic Con Experience, in advance of its Netflix premiere on December 23.  The second episode of the second season was screened out of competition during the Series Mania festival in Paris, on April 18, 2017.   On April 23, a screening of the second and third episodes took place in Chicago's Music Box Theatre, in a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union, followed by Lana Wachowski taking questions from the audience,   and again on April 26, in the red carpet premiere of the second season, at New York City's AMC Lincoln Square.  
Several screenings of the series finale took place prior to its release on Netflix, on June 8, 2018. The first screening took place in The Music Box Theatre in Chicago, on May 25, as a benefit for EMILY's List, followed by a Q&A session with Lana and select cast members.  The second screening took place in the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo, on June 1, with several cast members attending.  The red carpet premiere followed in ArcLight Hollywood, in Los Angeles, on June 7.  Linda Perry made a guest appearance to perform "What's Up?".  Netflix organized an event for the fans on the day of the special's release, June 8, in Posillipo, in Naples, where a big portion of the special was filmed. Among other things, fans could try a slice of a special "Sense8" pizza that was created by famous pizza maker Gino Sorbillo with the help of the cast. 
Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski are American film and television directors, writers and producers. The sisters are both trans women.
Joseph Michael Straczynski is an American filmmaker and comic book writer. He is the founder of Synthetic Worlds Ltd. and Studio JMS and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004) and Sense8 (2015–2018). He is also the executor of the estate of Harlan Ellison.
Tom Tykwer is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is best known internationally for directing the thriller films Run Lola Run (1998), Heaven (2002), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), and The International (2009). He collaborated with The Wachowskis as co-director for the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012) and the Netflix series Sense8 (2015–2018), and worked on the score for Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections (2021). Tykwer is also well known as the co-creator of the internationally acclaimed German television series Babylon Berlin (2017–).
The Matrix is an American media franchise consisting of four feature films, beginning with The Matrix (1999) and continuing with three sequels, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Matrix Resurrections (2021). The first three films were written and directed by The Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver. The screenplay for the fourth film was written by David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, was directed by Lana Wachowski, and was produced by Grant Hill, James McTeigue, and Lana Wachowski. The franchise is owned by Warner Bros., which distributed the films along with Village Roadshow Pictures. The latter, along with Silver Pictures, are the two production companies that worked on the first three films.
David Stephen Mitchell is an English novelist, television writer, and screenwriter.
James McTeigue is an Australian film and television director. He has been an assistant director on many films, including Dark City (1998), the Matrix trilogy (1999–2003) and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and made his directorial debut with the 2005 film V for Vendetta to critical acclaim. Since Vendetta he has collaborated with the Wachowskis an additional four times as director on The Invasion, Ninja Assassin and Sense8 and as producer of The Matrix Resurrections.
John Toll, ASC is an American cinematographer and television producer. Toll's filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively, and has also won numerous BAFTA, ASC, and Satellite Awards. He has collaborated with several noteworthy directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, Cameron Crowe, The Wachowskis, and Ang Lee.
Jennifer Marie Morrison is an American actress, director, producer, and former child model. She is mainly known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical-drama series House (2004–2012) and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2018). She has also portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby's love interests, on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother, Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in the 2009 science-fiction film Star Trek, and Tess Conlon in the 2011 sports drama film Warrior. She made her feature-film directorial debut with Sun Dogs (2017).
Freema Agyeman is an English actress. She rose to fame with her role as the Doctor's companion Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2007–2010), and received further recognition for playing Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in the ITV crime procedural Law & Order: UK (2009–2012), Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8 (2015–2018) and Dr. Helen Sharpe in the NBC medical drama New Amsterdam (2018–2022).
Aml Eysan Ameen is a British actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his roles as Trevor (Trife) in Kidulthood (2006), Lewis Hardy in the ITV television series The Bill, Capheus in the first season of the Netflix original series Sense8, and Alby in The Maze Runner (2014).
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. The show was shot in the United Kingdom, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, and Spain. It premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons.
Tuppence Middleton is an English actress known for her performances in film, television and theatre. In 2010, she was nominated for the London Evening Standard Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.
Jamie Clayton is an American actress and model. Clayton is best known for starring as Nomi Marks in the Netflix original series Sense8, Sasha Booker in the third season of Designated Survivor and Tess Van De Berg in Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q. She portrays Pinhead in the 2022 Hellraiser film.
Tina Desai is an Indian actress and model who works in both Indian and international projects. She debuted with the 2011 thriller Yeh Faasley, before making her foreign debut in 2012 in the comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She is also known for her main role in the Netflix series Sense8.
Studio JMS is a studio started by J. Michael Straczynski in June 2012, announced at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, to deal with the large volume of his written work. The studio was created to handle comic books, TV series, feature films, and games. The studio was run initially with Patricia Tallman.
Grace and Frankie is an American comedy television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris for Netflix. The series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the eponymous Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein, two aging women who form an unlikely friendship after their husbands reveal they are in love with each other and plan to get married. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn co-star in supporting roles.
The first season of Sense8, an American science fiction drama streaming television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, follows eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly discover that they are "sensates"; human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked. The season was produced for Netflix by the Wachowskis' Anarchos Productions and Straczynski's Studio JMS, along with Javelin Productions and Georgeville Television. Unpronounceable Productions was set up to oversee production for the show.
The second season of Sense8, an American science fiction drama streaming television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, follows eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become "sensates"; human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked. The season was produced for Netflix by Lana Wachowski and her wife's Venus Castina Productions and Straczynski's Studio JMS, along with Georgeville Television and Elizabeth Bay Productions. Unpronounceable Productions was set up to oversee production for the show since the first season.
Toby Onwumere is a Nigerian and American actor known for the role of Capheus in the second season of the Netflix original series Sense8.
Sense8 is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. The production companies behind Sense8 include the Wachowskis' Anarchos Productions, Straczynski's Studio JMS, and Georgeville Television, with Unpronounceable Productions having been set up specifically for this show.
We are going to treat subjects that most TV series, and pretty much all SF series have avoided.
Carol Moreira: And they rewrite a lot, on set, right? That must be crazy. / Miguel Ángel Silvestre: Constantly. / Brian J. Smith: This year, especially. This year there [were] a lot of rewrites. It sort of felt like the scripts we got in the beginning were like scaffolds, and then Lana was filling in the brick and the mortar and the furniture and the windows, as we shot. You know what I mean? / Miguel Ángel Silvestre: Yeah, totally. / Tina Desai: There [were] city rewrites, there were weekly rewrites, there were daily rewrites. It was great fun. Trying to keep up with everything.
Throughout the production of Season Two, [Brian J. Smith] tells us, the writer/director had developed a tendency to show up on set just before a scene was about to shoot with a set of completely new script pages and edits... The method in question is the fact that inspiration can strike at any moment. "Lana gets inspiration from everywhere and she can sometimes be spontaneous," explains Doona Bae, who plays kickboxer Sun. "Whenever she gets to set, everything can change. You need to be really flexible. It's good training for all of us. [You have to be able to] adjust to any situation."
John Toll: So season 2, we started in Berlin, and actually, one interesting aspect of season 2 [is] that the first two episodes of season 2 were actually shot in the winter. So we had a seasonal change. So we went to Berlin on New Years Eve , shot in Berlin on New Years Eve, that was another big crowd event we sort of integrated ourselves into.
Lana Wachowski: We shot that in the Rijksmuseum. We shot Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum. We are the first production company that shoots in that museum.
John Toll: I worked with Lana and Lilly Wachowski on all the cities they directed, which was: San Francisco, Chicago, London, Iceland, and Seoul.
John Toll: So [what we shot first] was the New Years Eve Berlin [parts of the] show. We took a break, then we came back in March, and then we started the full season 2 in March. We started in Mumbai, my unit with Lana... we went to Positano, Italy, then to San Francisco, in LA, ...São Paulo..., ...Chicago...
Lana Wachowski: The real Lana Wachowski, because I'm an actor, been hired to play Lana Wachowski—she would never come to social media, never!... Because she believes so much in the fans, that they are going to go out and actually create so many more fans, Lana is actually going ahead and writing the entire season 3!