Netflix canceled Queen Sono on Tuesday, and many fans were heartbroken. The spy thriller had already been renewed for a second season, but Netflix reversed that renewal this week, opting not to go forward. This was a huge betrayal to many fans, especially for a show that stands out so much in the current TV landscape.
Queen Sono is a South African drama about a spy navigating a life-altering mission while juggling drama in her personal life. Series creator Kagiso Lediga issued a statement on the cancellation to TV Line, saying: "we wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times." Most fans took this to mean that the main reason the show was canceled was because of the coronavirus pandemic.
🥺 Another casualty of 2020. Thank you to all the fans and awesome team behind Queen Sono for the magic 🙏🏾 https://t.co/7U3ECFBeW5— Kagiso Lediga (@KagisoLediga) November 26, 2020
"A huge thank you to our fans across the world for the love shared for our first African Original series," read a statement from Netflix. "Netflix is also grateful to the… cast and crew for their stellar efforts in creating this show for our members around the world. We'll continue to work closely with South Africa's creative industry to keep producing more compelling 'Made-in-South Africa' stories."
These kinds words did little for some heartbroken fans, who flocked to social media on Tuesday. Here is a look at what they had to say about the cancellation.
We hope that there is a season two at some point after this pandemic dies down.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) November 26, 2020
Some fans directed their tweet at Netflix, or at Queen Sono creator Kagiso Lediga, saying that they maintained hope for a Season 2. Many had faith that another outlet might pick the show up, or that Netflix could renew it when it was in a more favorable position — though this has never been done before.prevnext
We were so ready for the next season. Queen Sono was revolutionary 👌 https://t.co/2faYIeKAxN— Thembinkosi Phakathi (@terrorpk1) November 26, 2020
Fans were devastated to see this show go because they saw it as "revolutionary," and well-worth preserving. Many wished that Netflix had canceled something else, since Queen Sono is so unique.prevnext
The backlash on Queen Sono💔I really enjoyed that series, I even watched it twice.I thought the production was spectacular and like always, Kagiso Lediga wrote that mf script with fire on his hands. Like a true king that he is.I’m actually sad they aren’t going to go ahead w S2.— calm. 🤍 (@mandlakazi__) November 26, 2020
There has been some backlash to Queen Sono among fans, and some misinterpreted the cancellation news, thinking that the show was dropped due to Lediga's commentary on Twitter. However, among this crowd there were plenty who said that they still wished the show had carried on in some form.prevnext
Not South African celebrating the cancelation of Queen Sono season 2.— SiR ♏pho 🤗 (@asiithi) November 26, 2020
I know we don't like Pearl but WTF bazalwane? 😒 pic.twitter.com/tHPfNOLaWN
Internet doesn’t forget, we don’t forgive. Queen Sono 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/hRhVyZmTJh— 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 Patriot (@Fanna031) November 26, 2020
In fact, much of the talk on Twitter on Tuesday was actually rebukes of the criticism towards the show in general. Many people thought that the "backlash" was unwarranted, and should not have warranted a cancellation.prevnext
I actually really enjoyed Queen Sono,there’s still so much room for improvement but the possibilities there are endless!— Nkanyezi Rodriguez (@Farisunny_) November 26, 2020
Queen Sono's cinematography was great, however, I couldn't even finish it. I have nothing against the lead actress but I think it required a strong lead actress to carry that character.— Sheron (@Thee_TrueSherry) November 26, 2020
The fact that there were gripes about Queen Sono Season 1 was all the more reason it should have been renewed, some fans argued. They thought that the show should have been given time and space to explore its potential.prevnext
Gutted that there won't be a new season of Queen Sono, loved that show. But looking very much forward @PearlThusi 's next work. Loved catching feelings and one thing that woman is : a star. Ma Sha Allah. Go get them.— Martins (@Hussyler) November 28, 2020
While the show may be ending, many fans said they were excited to see what the cast and crew of Queen Sono will do next.prevnext
Queen Sono season2 got cancelled but i haven't watch Season 1 pic.twitter.com/B043lRnqGM— JabulaniMacdonald⚡ (@Jabu_Macdonald) November 26, 2020
Finally, with the show canceled some viewers said they had been meaning to watch Season 1, but now found it difficult to get started, knowing there won't be any follow-up.prev