Netflix, whose dreaded finger is always hovering directly over the CANCEL button for any of its shows that aren't Stranger Things or Queer Eye, added The OA to its growing list of casualties two weeks ago. The cancellation came as a surprise to a lot of fans who had loved the show from the beginning and who were blown away by the scope of the ambitious second season, especially (spoiler alert) that bold season finale. But, as it has done for so many of its shows with loyal but small fanbases (see: Sense8, Everything Sucks!, American Vandal, etc.), Netflix pulled the plug, igniting fan ire and launching a social media protest movement.
The hashtag #SaveTheOA started popping up on Twitter almost immediately after the cancellation was announced, and it's gained so much steam since then that fans picketed the Netflix offices in Los Angeles and New York this week. Fans were wielding signs, doing the five movements, and one woman is actually on a hunger strike. If you're in town next week and feeling extra passionate, New York City is holding a flash mob in Times Square.
In the time between the cancellation and now, the show's Reddit page has blown up with conspiracy theories of why the show was ditched, from budget and time concerns (it took nearly three years for Brit Marling and her team to film the second season) to the theory that maybe, given the nature of Season 2's ending, the cancellation was planned all along and Season 3 takes place all around us in the real world. (Does this mean Jason Isaacs is evil? Hmmm.) Or maybe -- and this was inspired in part by the fact that Netflix never actually issued a press release -- all of this is just a clever ruse to drum up more excitement for a new season. If that's the case, Netflix might even be more nefarious than Dr. Hap.