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Brit Marling on The OA Cancellation: 'I Had a Good Cry'

Time to dance our way into a dimension where this didn't happen

Amanda Bell

Well, it looks like fans ofThe OAwill just have to imagine what comes next after that wonderfully bizarre Part II finale. It was announced on Monday that Netflix has canceled the series.

Netflix Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, per Variety, "We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to [co-creators] Brit [Marling] and Zal [Batmanglij] for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing 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, which was created by its star, Brit Marling, and Zal Batmanglij, was originally envisioned as a five-part series. Shortly before the news of its cancellation came out, fans initiated a Twitter campaign to save the series after actor Jason Isaacs said he was unsure about the show's future.

Although the second season allowed Marling's Prairie/OA/Nina to complete her journey into a second dimension, this news means that the show will still end on several cliffhangers, including what happens to her and Isaacs' Hap in the very meta dimension they've been transported to, how Steve (Patrick Gibson) will handle being a new dimension-hopper, and whether OA and Homer (Emory Cohen) will ever get their happy ending.

Isaacs previously told TV Guide that Marling and Batmanglij had revealed their plans for the seasons ahead to him and that he was "desperate to watch all five seasons." Alas, just like Old Knight, this beautifully bonkers creation has been taken away from us too soon. Time to start working on those dance moves so we can all transport to an alternate reality where we do get to see the whole story unfold.

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Marling posted a letter to fans on Instagram after the news became public. "Zal and I are deeply sad not to finish this story. The first time I heard the news I had a good cry," she wrote. "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 office in Queens. It's been an intense journey for everyone who worked on and cared about the story."

She went on to detail her gratitude for being able to tell the story of The OA. "It's hard to be inspired to write stories about the 'real' world when you have never felt free in it. As a woman writing characters for myself and other women, it has often felt to me as if the paved roads for narrative travel are limited," she wrote. "Science fiction wiped this 'real' world clean like an Etch-A-Sketch. Science fiction said imagine anything in its place. And so we did. We imagined that the collective is stronger than the individual. We imagined that there is no hero. We imagined that the trees of San Francisco and a giant Pacific octopus had voices we could understand and out to listen to... That is what The OA has been for Zal and I and every other artist who joined us. The chance to step into another world and feel free in it."

Marling also wrote that she was grateful to Netflix for allowing the 16 episodes she did get to be "uncompromised" and complimented fans on their own creativity and passion for the series. "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."

The OA Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix.

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The OA: Part II