‘Sanditon’ fans deserve another season: Here’s why, in their words
The PBS series Sanditon did not go how fans expected, and while there is a time and a place for surprise endings, this certainly was not one of them. Jane Austen wrote happy endings, she wrote romance stories where love could triumph, people could change for the better, and the world could be good.
The Sanditon series from late 2019 was almost none of those things. Nearly every character walked away disappointed and crushed.
It was to be expected some liberties would be taken since it was Austen’s unfinished novel, however, to create such a heartbreaking and depressing ending is not in the spirit of Jane Austen. Frankly, it’s unkind to the memory of such a talented woman.
The show was also created in a time where people are actively searching for happy escapism, odds are just about everyone who tuned in to watch Sanditon did so knowing Jane Austen stories have good endings. We were looking for hope and were horribly denied. These are just a few of the reasons Sanditon needs a second season and fans deserve a “happily ever after”.
Here are some other reasons, in the words of fans themselves, as to why Sanditon desperately needs another season.
It was a good show
In the words of @loyaltosanditon, the show was just plain well done, so it would be a thrill to see more of it. The tweet also raises the point of Georgiana – her story by no means felt finished and a character as great as hers deserves more.
It just doesn’t make sense. Why would you spend nearly eight hours convincing everyone watching that Charlotte and Sidney are made for each other, only to deny them an ending together at the very last moment?
Honor the incredible Ms. Austen
The quote really says it all – Jane Austen clearly never dreamed of ending Sanditon this way. Why should anyone ever question the intentions of a woman whose work has stood the test of time?
A modern period piece
@sararipple makes great points. Sanditon really did feel modern despite it being a period piece. It was a clever approach to the story which made it so easily lovable.
The story isn’t complete
Almost every character is mid-story arc. How could anyone ever feel satisfied when all the characters we’ve grown to love have gone home crying and broken?
The cast did such a good job engaging us, that fans are as distraught as Charlotte was on the carriage ride home.
It’s a well-done TV series
The painful ending aside, this show was great and everyone would be delighted to have more of it just to enjoy the cast and crew’s work some more.
Half a story
A wonderful story without an ending is nearly a crime.
A rallying cry
Don’t give up yet, fans of Sanditon, our fight isn’t over. “Can we not rewrite our history if we find it disagreeable?”
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Why Do I love Sanditon? I got caught up with each character, and I wanted to pick their brain over dinner and ask what are you thinking? Why are you reacting this way? What is your next step? I got very enmeshed, with the love story and crushed at an unfinished ending.May 11, 2020
Well said, a beautifully written article. We truly need a true Jane Austen ending for Charlotte Heywood and Sidney Parker (their chemistry was off the chart). This was a witty, well acted series with awesome storylines.May 12, 2020
Thank you for this! whatever you can do to help get as #Sanditon Season 2 would be great! #SanditonPBS #Save SanditonMay 12, 2020
Thanks for writing this! I wholeheartedly agree we need another season!May 12, 2020
Come on be fair ITV we deserve another season of sanditon to have a proper ending bring it backMay 12, 2020
Asking again for series 2May 12, 2020
Beautiful costumes Beautiful horses Amazing Set decoration
Fantastic acting. Wonderful Scripts. Incredible Music Score
Wonderful Character development
All emotions explored Boundaries of norms tested
Intricate plot development Illumination of historical models of women’s roles and independence
Commentary on burgeoning industry development
Please Series 2
Thank you for your supporting us Sanditon Sisterhood.May 12, 2020
Chiara from Italy.
I bought Sanditon DVD last week and finished watching it in 2days!!! I absolutely loved it and am heartbroken to find out there is no Season 2!!?!?!?!!!! WHY??????!!! Surely they can’t end a Jane Austen story like that?!?!! She always has happy endings…Please make Sanditon 2!!!May 13, 2020
Thank you thank you thank you.May 13, 2020
I too am part of the effort to get a second season of the beautifully acted, filmed,, and directed story of Sanditon. I believe what makes the story of Sanditon so endearing is that there is an underlying theme of redemption , that love conquers all. Charlotte, who is pure and innocent, falls in love with Sidney, a jaded man with a past, Sidney, very personally, slowly but surely, comes to where he also can love. This touching, enigmatic, love story must not end In the tragedy of both Charlotte and Sidney being irreparably damaged, we must see the triumphant completion of it. If not a series, as was originally planned, indeed a second season. Our hearts must be filled with the visual, sensory knowledge that love does indeed conquer all.May 22, 2020
Great article and reasons why season 2 is needed! Any Jane Austen fan knows this was not the ending she would have written. If you want to honor her legacy, do it right. Make amends by giving the fans a happy ending.June 17, 2020