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Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first season of Ginny & Georgia.
Netflix's Ginny & Georgia ended in the precise place its creators intended. "We always knew we wanted to build to that cliffhanger. Everything else in the middle was a fun discovery," showrunner Debra J. Fisher tells Oprah Daily.
Luckily, we'll have a resolution to that cliffhanger soon. In April 2021, the mother-daughter dramedy was officially renewed for a second season. According to Netflix, the show hit number 1 on the streamer's "Top 10" list in 46 countries, including the U.S. Essentially, you were not the only one binge-watching the series.
“We are so appreciative of the incredible response and love you all have shown Ginny & Georgia,” showrunner Debra J. Fisher and creator/EP Sarah Lampert said in a statement, per TV Line. “We can’t wait to return to Wellsbury for Season 2.”
Our prediction? Ginny & Georgia's next batch of episodes will likely look at the fallout of Ginny's (Antonia Gentry) decision to run away from her mother, Georgia (Brianne Howey), with her little brother Austin (Diesel La Torraca) in tow. At 15, Ginny is following the path her 30-year-old mother laid out for her. "She's doing exactly what her mother does: Always running," Fisher explains.
The 10-episode first season focuses equally on Ginny's adjustment to high school in an affluent Massachusetts town and her mother's attempt to keep her family afloat—using methods that are far from legal. Over the course of the season, skeletons come tumbling out of Georgia's closet in rapid succession. Essentially, Ginny can run away from Georgia, but Georgia can't run away from her past.
Here's what we can expect from the second season of Ginny & Georgia.
Ginny & Georgia was renewed for a second season.
Netflix greenlit the show for a second season in April 2021. The finale certainly sets Ginny & Georgia up for more episodes. Where are Ginny and Austin going? Will Georgia's criminal past get out before or after she marries Mayor Paul Randolph (Scott Porter)?
"Season 1 really did feel like a season 1. We just started uncovering some of the layers for all characters, across the board, that we want to dive into," creator Sarah Lampert says.
We predict season 2 will come out in 2022.
Our highly scientific prediction is based on the release schedules for Netflix's prior coming-of-age dramedies. Never Have I Ever, a high school-set Netflix show produced by Mindy Kaling, offers a comparison. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix confirmed its second season will premiere in 2021, a year after it first came out. Since Ginny & Georgia premiered in 2021, we predict season 2 will come out in 2022.
Of course, the cast will return.
Ginny & Georgia wouldn't be Ginny & Georgia without Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey, who portray the mother and daughter through their tumultuous relationship—not to mention Diesel La Torraca, who play Austin.
Fisher explains that the show's casting director, Alyssa Weisberg, found Gentry quickly. However, finding Howey was more of a challenge. "It was on our very last day. We were supposed to have all these decisions made. Then we received a very late tape one night from Brianne Howey who had just returned from Europe, getting engaged to her fiancé [Matt Ziering]. We watched it and we were like, we have to have this woman come in and read with Tony (Antonia) right away."
As for the rest of the cast? Georgia's crew is played by Schitt's Creek's Jennifer Robertson, Scott Porter of Friday Nights Lights, and Raymond Ablack. Ginny's friends are played by Sara Waisglass, Felix Mallard, Katie Douglas, Mason Temple, Chelsea Clark and Humberly Gonzalez.
Plot-wise, there's still more of this mother-daughter relationship to explore.
Ginny and Georgia still have things to figure out regarding their relationship. Lots of things. In the middle of the season, Ginny learns about her mother's family—namely, that they are very much alive. Come the finale, Ginny has to grapple with the knowledge that her mother killed her last husband, Kenny.
"The relationship between Ginny and Georgia is the third character in the show," Lampert says. "It lives on its own. It's constantly changing and evolving. There are so many scenes where the two of them are communicating with each other over everyone's head. They're intrinsically wound."
Lampert points to the central contradiction in their relationship. While they understand each other better than anyone else, there are divides they can't bridge, either. As a biracial woman, for example, Ginny's lived experience is going to be far different than Georgia's.
"Ginny is going through the world in a different way than Ginny is and Georgia can't ever grasp that. In the same way, Ginny can't understand the trauma and sacrifices Georgia went through to get Ginny to Wellsbury. There's a lot of room for them to hurt each other's feelings with what they can't understand about each other," Lampert says.
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