Netflix has made some brilliant decisions over the years, but this isn’t one of them.

We’ve all experienced heartbreak in our lives, and some of us know all too well the pain of having our favourite TV show cancelled. 

If you haven’t experienced as such, then you’re definitely one of the lucky ones. We are currently living in the golden age of television, and while that means more and more great shows, it also means far more competition than ever before. With shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad looming over a sea of content, there’s an immense pressure to step up the game at all times. 

Of course, the aforementioned shows are now done and dusted, but there are still so many incredible series running right now. It’s hard to know which ones to roll with, considering just how saturated the prestigious TV scene is right now. We are bombarded with recommendations on the daily, but when we finally start one and it gets cancelled just as we find ourselves completely immersed, that’s some sad stuff. 

A Netflix bombshell

Netflix is arguably the streaming service at the forefront of it all. They’ve had incredible success in recent years with the likes of Stranger Things, and even more recently we’ve seen them bid farewell to the highly acclaimed Orange Is the New Black

There’s no way the former will get cancelled any time soon, and as for the latter, it ran for an impressive seven seasons. Needless to say, not all shows are so fortunate. We’ve seen some terrific titles cancelled on the platform, from Daredevil to Designated Survivor, but now, The OA has joined the club. 

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s sci-fi induced mystery landed on Netflix in 2016 and was immediately well-received by critics and audiences alike. The first series expertly conjured up an alluring and curious atmosphere, and the performances were incredible across the board; particularly Brit in the lead as Prairie Johnson, who resurfaces after a very lengthy disappearance. 

It was renewed in 2017 for a second season, and ‘Part II’ finally arrived on Friday, March 22nd 2019. It went down a treat with fans, but sadly, some bad news was inbound.

Why was The OA cancelled?

Netflix announced the show’s cancellation on Monday, August 5th 2019, leaving audiences absolutely stumped. 

Following the season 2 cliffhanger, a third season seemed inevitable, and yet here we are. It’s clear that there were plenty of ideas for the future, so it’s obviously not a decision the cast and crew are going to be happy with. As reported by the Express, VP of Original Content for Netflix – Cindy Holland – released a statement addressing the cancellation:

“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.”

Variety notes that Netflix says they “…take viewership versus cost into account when deciding whether or not to renew a show.” Perhaps the coast to make more episodes was a little too much to justify a continuation, particularly when they’ve been exploring the possibility of other sci-fi properties like Another Life lately. It’s uncertain as to why it was cancelled, but as the service doesn’t disclose viewing figures, perhaps it was more appealing – in terms of profit – to explore other titles in the future instead. 


More Brit Marling goodness!

As the above tweet suggests, there were plans for another three seasons before the story of The OA was complete, so to say it’s been cut short would be an understatement.  

On Instagram, Brit wrote: “Zal and I are deeply sad not to finish this story. The first time I heard the news I had a good cry.” It’s sad to see it go, and you could argue that the show boasts one of the most devoted fanbases on the platform. In the wake of the news, many fans have taken to social media in an effort to save it. 

If you want to check out some more of Brit’s wonderful screenwork, check out the excellent 2011 sci-fi drama Another Earth; she also stars in TV series Babylon, Arbitrage, Posthumous, The Keeping Room, I Origins, The Better Angels, The East and more. 

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