3 Body Problem has turned out to be one of the most popular shows on Netflix, but that was until the show ended in a way that the fans necessarily did not like. Netflix keeps getting into the cross-hairs with fans every time they cancel a show, when fans evidently want more. However, the streamer seems to have turned the tables around this time.

A still from Netflix's 3 Body Problem
A still from Netflix’s 3 Body Problem

The series is adapted from the hit trilogy of books by Chinese author Cixin Liu, and premiered on Netflix with eight episodes in March 2024. Recently, it was announced that the series has been renewed despite how disappointed fans were with the ending of the first season.

Netflix Has Renewed 3 Body Problem

D B Weiss, Alexander Woo and David Benioff | Source: Netflix: Behind the Streams YouTube
D. B. Weiss, Alexander Woo and David Benioff | Source: Netflix: Behind the Streams on YouTube

3 Body Problem is a sci-fi series which follows a group of scientists who discover the existence of an extraterrestrial threat and struggle with tackling it as they attempt to save humanity from the peril. This extraterrestrial threat is the result of a response made to an alien contact from a secret military base in a remote region during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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The show was released to positive reviews and has a 79% critics score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Netflix has recently announced the renewal of the series on their X account. Executive producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Alexander Woo wrote through the post:

“We’re thrilled that we get to tell this story through to its epic conclusion. Ever since we read the last page of Cixin Liu’s magnificent trilogy, we hoped we’d be able to bring the audience to the end of the universe with us. Here we go!”

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The show has an ensemble cast featuring Eiza González, Liam Cunningham, Rosalind Chao, Zine Tseng, and Benedict Wong. Benioff, Weiss and Woo are returning as the executive producers and writers of the show (via Tudum).

Is Renewing 3 Body Problem for a Second Season a Good Idea?

A still from 3 Body Problem
A still from 3 Body Problem

Although the show has ben received positively, fans did react well to the ending of the eighth episode of the first season because the cliff-hanger at the end was not very satisfying. Consequently, they were not really interested in a second season. Here is what how some fans reacted to the news of its renewal:

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The eighth episode of the series sees Jin Cheng (Jess Hong) and Thomas Wade’s (Liam Cunningham) Staircase Project fail, which makes them lose hope. Da Shi (Benedict Wong) takes Jin and  Saul (Jovan Adepo) to a lake of cicadas and attempts to inspire them by saying that humans have been trying to get rid of bugs for a long time now, but the bugs always survive. Fans were not too impressed by this ending. Here is what some of them wrote on X about it:

Netflix has not given the exact streaming numbers of the show so it is hard to tell how many fans actually want the show to return. However, it is good to see Netflix renew a show with its streak of canceling some out of the blue. Hopefully, the new season will keep fans hooked, and have an ending that is easy for the viewers to decipher.

3 Body Problem is available for streaming on Netflix.

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