Every once in a while, a show debuts that’s so good, you truly don’t know what to do with yourself when it’s over. Normal People on Hulu is one of those shows. Based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, Normal People follows the on-again, off-again love story of Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan as they navigate their changing relationship throughout high school and college. It’s one of those shows you want to take your time with but end up bingeing in one sitting because it’s just that freakin’ good. And when it ends? Trust me, you’re going to want a second season.
Here’s the thing though. Normal People isn’t based off a book series. It’s based on a single one-and-done novel. Meaning Rooney would have to either write another whole damn book or green-light the show taking on a life of its own.
But here’s why you should have some hope that this is exactly what’s gonna happen.
^Normal People talking to me in quarantine.
Sally Rooney Worked on the Series
If the author weren’t actively involved in the show, I’d say the chances of us getting another season would be zero percent. But she helped adapt her book to fit the screen, and assuming she enjoyed herself, she might be up for round two? Maybe? Then again, if watching the final season of Game of Thrones taught me anything, it’s that source material is EV-ER-Y-THING.
The Cast Seems to Be Here for It
At least, that’s the vibe I’m getting from this interview with NME, where Paul Mescal (who plays Connell) said, “Series 1 is the book. But we don’t know what’s on the other side. The great thing about these two characters is that their lives continue.”
Meanwhile, Daisy Edgar-Jones (who plays Marianne) said, “That’s what’s so wonderful about the book. At the end, they’re very much alive and you’re left not knowing where they’re gonna go. It’s upsetting to read, but it’s also quite thrilling and realistic. We’ve left the series in a similar way. I think it’s quite interesting to leave it open.”
Buuut We Might Have to Wait 10 Years
Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson told Radio Times that he’s all about continuing the show, saying, “I have a fantasy of doing a kind of 10-year seeing where they are in 10 years’ time sort of thing, if I’m not too decrepit at that point.”
Reminder: Normal People ends with Connell and Marianne parting ways so he can go live in New York City, but it’s clear that these two will continue to be in each other’s lives. Let’s just hope we’ll be around to see it *weeps*.
In the meantime, I’ll be here like this:
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