Spoilers for Normal People can be found below.
The world was enamored with Ordinary People.
The BBC Three and Hulu co-production, based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name, broadcast weekly, but many people binge-watched all 12 episodes in one or two sittings – and we don’t blame you.
Marianne and Connell, two County Sligo locals who meet in high school and begin a hidden lust affair, is a triumph, and the narrative is every bit as beautiful, tragic, and detail-oriented as the book.
NORMAL PEOPLE (2021) Season 2 Concept Trailer
But what about Marianne and Connell? Will we see them again?
Here’s all you need to know about the second season of Normal People.
When will the second season of Normal People be released?
Given that a second season isn’t currently planned, at least not for a long time, it’s impossible to respond to this topic.
“Not in the short term,” co-producer Ed Guiney told Digital Spy and other media when asked if there are plans to rejoin Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne) and Paul Mescal (Connell) for a second season. We’ve shifted our focus to Conversations with Friends [Rooney’s debut novel], which we’re developing into a television series.”
Alison Oliver, a rookie, and Loki’s Sasha Lane star in her latest book adaptation. Frances, Oliver’s 21-year-old character, navigates her way through a succession of romances in the BBC Three drama.
Conversations with Friends is a 12-part miniseries starring Jemima Kirke (Sex Education) as Melissa and Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Nick.
“It’s the same core group.” It will be directed by Lenny [Abrahamson], who will also serve as an executive producer. And everyone at Element [Pictures], including Alice Birch.
“So that’s where we’ll be focusing our efforts next.” But we may return to Connell and Marianne in the future.”
For fans who were shocked by lead actress Daisy’s affection for the show, the future can’t come soon enough.
“I had no idea what was going to happen when I did Normal People,” Daisy said on The Graham Norton Show. “And thank goodness for that, because I would have been too scared to do anything.” So maybe there’s a little more pressure this time,” she said, referring to her parts in Fresh and Where the Crawdads Sing.
When chatting with Digital Spy and other media, her co-star Paul Mescal added to the dismal tone of the news. Mescal, when questioned about a second season, said:
“There’s nothing in the pipeline right now, so I don’t want to be cited on’maybe there’ll be a [Normal People] season 2′.” “At the present, there isn’t anything.”
Unfortunately, even the official social media sites don’t hint at a release date, which is terrible for those hankering for more Normal People wonder. Instead, they’ve moved their focus to Conversations with Friends, with the most recent post revealing the show’s “first intimate look”:
While the official BBC Normal People Instagram account’s motto has been changed to ‘Conversations with Friends,’ we’re still crossing our fingers, toes, and hair strands for second season news!
Both leads have stated that if given the chance, they would jump back in.
“If that’s the case [season two], then sure,” Mescal remarked.
“I think what’s wonderful about it is that it feels like their lives are coming to an end in the novel.” They still exist somewhere in the world. That’s probably a question for Sally and the rest of the group. But I’ll raise my hand and say I’d be happy to play Connell till the cows come home.”
“Same,” Edgar-Jones added. Yes, without a doubt.”
However, Mescal recently stated that he does not believe the series would be renewed.
“There’s no doubt that character is still alive and breathing to me, and has a relationship with Marianne that is perhaps unresolved,” he told the Mail Online.
“That’s what’s so beautiful about the book,” Edgar-Jones said in an interview with NME. They’re very much alive in the conclusion, and you’re left wondering where they’re going.
“Reading it is upsetting, but it is also thrilling and realistic. In a similar vein, we’ve ended the series. It’s extremely intriguing to me to leave it open.”
“I know they’ve begun production on Conversations with Friends, so I guess, ideally, it will replace the Sally Rooney emptiness – the Sally Rooney-shaped hole in people’s hearts,” Leah McNamara, who portrayed Rachel, told Digital Spy.
“I think the book is so lovely, and I think that some elements, while we all love them, make you wonder if people would want a second season.” I believe that certain things are simply great and that it is preferable to leave them alone.
“However, who knows?” Perhaps in ten years’ time, when everyone is older. That might be something that people would be interested in seeing.”
When asked about her character’s role in Normal People, McNamara told Digital Spy, “She wasn’t a full villain.” I tried to give her as much depth as possible.
“We made a conscious effort to avoid any of the snarky Mean Girls tropes that you could see in some American films since no character is as two-dimensional as that.” Do you get what I’m saying? The Regina Georges, for example. That is why those films have a place in the world.
“By the way, I adore Mean Girls [laughs].” It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. Normal People, on the other hand, I believe was such a genuine, very honest story that it was critical that the people, and even a character like Rachel, as a barrier, be a truthful difficulty that we could believe in.
“So I hope that came over because that is exactly what we were attempting to accomplish.”
Who’s in the cast of Normal People season 2?
Because Marianne and Connell are at the center of the story, Edgar-Jones and Mescal would both return if a sequel is approved in the future.
Given how in-demand they are now, finding a time when they are both available will be much more difficult this time.
Among other projects, Edgar-Jones is starring in the cinematic adaptation of the best-selling novel Where the Crawdads Sing.
Mescal, meanwhile, recently starred alongside Olivia Colman (The Father, The Crown), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades trilogy), Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower), Jessie Buckley (Fargo), and Oliver Jackson-Cohen in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter (The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor).
Connell’s mother Lorraine (Sarah Greene), Marianne’s friend Joanna (Eliot Salt), and Connell’s buddy and former roommate Niall are all likely to appear (Desmond Eastwood).
At the end of season one, Marianne’s relationship with her mother Denise (Aislin McGuckin) and brother Alan (Frank Blake) was practically non-existent. They could theoretically appear in future episodes, but it seems doubtful.
Other minor characters, such as Marianne’s ex-boyfriend Jamie (Fionn O’Shea), her former friend Peggy (India Mullen), and Connell’s schoolmates, such as Rachel, are similarly underdeveloped.
What will happen in the second season of Normal People?
There is currently no sequel to draw from, but according to Vogue Rooney, the pair’s fate is revealed in At the Clinic, a short novella published before Normal People.
Connell is taking Marianne to the dentist in the story, and the two are 23 years old, so they’ve already graduated.
They’re definitely still head over heels in love, and they’re still having sex in between partnerships and flings with other people, so their relationship is pretty much the same.