The OA's Brit Marling praises fans for their efforts to save the show

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From Digital Spy

Cancellations often sting, but as we've seen from fans of Shadowhunters and Lucifer, they can also lead to people coming together in heartwarming ways.

Now The OA creator Brit Marling has written a lengthy post on her Instagram account thanking fans for their support after Netflix axed the show after two seasons.

"To the fans of The OA, we're humbled, to be honest floored, by the outpouring of support," she wrote.

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"We've seen beautiful artwork in eulogy from Japan, France, Brazil. We've read moving threads and essays. And we've watched dozens and dozens of videos of people all over the world performing the movements with what can only be called perfect feeling.

"Your words and images move us deeply. Not because the show must continue, but because for some people its unexpected cancellation begs larger questions about the role of storytelling and its fate inside late capitalism's push toward consolidation and economies of scale."

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Brit continued to reflect on the 'hero's journey' story that we often see in TV and films, before adding: "The more I think on this, the more it seems bat-shit crazy. No one is coming to the rescue. We have to save each other. Every day, in small and great ways.

"So perhaps at this late hour [...] we are hundreds of years overdue new mythologies that reflect this," she added.

"[We are due] stories that illustrate the power of collective protagonism, or do away with protagonism entirely to show how real, last change often occurs ― ordinary people, often outsiders, often marginalised — anonymously organising, working together, achieving small feats one day at a time that eventually form movement."

Brit also acknowledged that the efforts of fans who are protesting the show's cancellation are "worth something", even if the show isn't picked up anywhere.

"Many of you have expressed your gratitude for this story and for Zal [Batmanglij, co-creator] and I and everyone who worked on The OA. But it is all of us who are grateful to you," she concluded.

"You've broken the mould of storytelling. You're building something far more beautiful than we did because it's in real time in real life with real people."

The OA seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix now.

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