++ The cast and crew of Sense8 did a huge "thank you" video in celebration of getting the show back, with talking about the show and what it meant to them and the appreciation of the fan community, and just the entire thing in itself is just so beautiful and heartfelt. It makes me incredibly happy to have been part of something like this, and seeing that our efforts as a fandom weren't wasted, that our voices were heard. We, the fans, made this happen. Also, Lana and some of the cast did a live interview where they discussed more in depth with everything that occurred and their feelings about the entire ordeal, from news of the cancellation to the fan campaigning to them getting brought back. It's actually the first time we hear them talking about it at length, so it gets kind of emotional when they're discussing what the show means to them and how the news affected them in a personal way, and the gratitude they have towards the fans for fighting as passionately to get it back. I just love these people, I love this show, and I love this fandom. ❤
Lana also made a little comment about writing season three? This is obviously not an official statement, but she mentioned having so much faith in the fans that I think she's preparing for anything. I'm trying not to get my hopes up since I've already mentioned being totally fine with us just having a two-hour final episode to conclude the story, since that is more than most cancelled shows ever get. But I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be so fucking excited if we actually got more than that should the special episode succeed beyond expectations in terms of viewership.
++ In A Heartbeat is a cute little animated LGBT short film and it has been getting a lot of praise and attention, and for good reason. It is absolutely adorable and powerful, even without a single word being spoken. Anyone who hasn't seen it yet, I highly recommend you do so.
++ Since I've been going on lately about fandom merchandising, this was recently brought to my attention: a limited edition Thorin Oakenshield figure statue from The Battle of the Five Armies, on the throne and everything. Of course, this being the WETA Workshop, it is outrageously expensive just like everything else they've got in their store, but it is also incredibly gorgeous and immensely detailed. I'm just in awe. Thorin is still my favorite character of The Hobbit films so naturally when something new appears in the merchandise I'm immediately drawn to it.