Netflix has picked up “The OA” for a second season, the streaming service announced on Wednesday.
The sci-fi series, from co-creators Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, was first announced in 2015, but was kept tightly under wraps until its premiere last December. The eight-episode first season premiered with little fanfare and just one trailer released a few days in advance.
The series centers on Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, who returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Phyllis Smith, Alice Krige and Patrick Gibson also starred.
Marling and Batmanglij previously collaborated on “Sound of My Voice” and “The East,” but “The OA” is the first television project for the pair. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, from Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content, also serve as executive producers.
Season 1 concluded on a major cliffhanger, and left viewers with more questions than answers. But in an interview with TheWrap following the show’s debut, Batmanglij teased that he and Marling had a plan for the series to continue should it be picked up for more episodes.
“Brit and I worked very hard to make sure we weren’t in a place where we had to figure out the story if it needed to continue,” he said. “We did a lot of that hard work in the years before we even ever pitched it to anybody.”