12:45 pm EDT, June 12, 2018

‘Sense8’: Why Kala and Wolfgang’s ending matters

The Sense8 finale brought closure to one of the show’s most beloved couples, but some fans aren’t happy with how it happened. Here’s why Kala and Wolfgang’s fate is good for the story… and for the audience.

SPOILERS for the Sense8 finale special.

The final chapter of Sense8 arrived and brought tears, violence, mythology, and romance. With the traditional orgy ending, the whole concept created by Lana Wachowski was brought to a close in a way that fit the entire series.

It’s a shame that Netflix didn’t give credit enough to this show. Full of great dialogue that transcends reality, Sense8 was able to connect with people globally, with every gender and age, with the feeling of being understood and safe.

However, some fans felt “betrayed” because Kala (Tina Desai) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) didn’t end up together like they wanted. Instead, the show decided to put them in a polyamorous relationship with Rajan (Purab Kohli).

For those who don’t know, the concept of “polyamory,” according to Wikpedia, it is “the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved.” People within this situation reject the idea that exclusivity — or monogamy — is the only way to have a deep, committed, and long-term relationship.

It wouldn’t have been simple to explain the whole situation in a two-and-a-half-hour episode, and gladly, Wachowski just wanted the villains to go away, not any friends of the sensates. Kala would never have ditched her husband: her personality and her faith would not allow that. Instead, it was more important to her to put the two men — who love her despite everything — together. Surprisingly enough, Rajan and Wolfgang bond and become friends during the events of the Sense8 series finale.

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Some might say that for the past two seasons, Kala and Wolfgang were being written as endgame. I see it differently. Rajan was always a protector, and someone very dear to Kala; Wolfgang showed her a lot of things, and might be her true love. The love triangle between them makes sense at the end of the day. Just as the Hernando/Lito/Daniela story made people applaud and salute the idea, it’s fantastic to see Sense8 putting a light on polyamory.

Another show that examines polyamory is You Me Her, from Audience Network and available on Netflix. The series shows a husband and wife, struggling with their marriage because of the pressure to have a baby, entering in a relationship with a younger woman. Although any representation is great, and the show tackled the issue with responsibility, showing that a polyamorous relationship takes as much time and effort as any relationship, the series shows a traditionally male fantasy: being in a relationship with two women.

In Sense8, it’s nice to see polyamory between a woman and two men. Wachowski brought it into the story nicely, well-written and full of love. “Defying the laws of physics,” as Bug said to Kala, Kala could fulfill her desire to be with both Rajan and Wolfgang, without having to sacrifice anything.

Rather than enjoy the great love letter to the fans, which was intended to make them realize that they are family, some wanted to criticize something that, if you look closely at the previous episodes, was always intended. Obviously, more time would be needed to actually talk about the subject, but time wasn’t given by Netflix.

The idea of “Kalajangang” together as a “trouple” is almost how a fan feels. We were embraced by them and, for a lot of us, felt understood and loved. Maybe this was the idea Wachowski was trying to convey when Netflix gave her an opportunity to give the story an end. And this makes even more sense when the last words spoken are from a delighted and excited Rajan.

The ending between Kala, Rajan and Wolfgang was necessary, beautiful and, perhaps, full of significance; something that we will come to appreciate the more we rewatch the show.

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