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Netflix's Firefly Lane season 2: Release date, sequel news, cast and what we know

Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke play childhood best friends in the Netflix adaptation.

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Published: Thursday, 27th May 2021 at 5:45 pm

Warning: Firefly Lane spoilers to follow.

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Based on Kristin Hannah's book of the same name, Firefly Lane was a breakout hit when it landed on Netflix in February, ending on multiple cliffhangers that practically demanded a second season.

The first season followed longtime best friends Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) through 30 years of love, laughter, heartbreak and divorce, with their strong friendship as the one constant - until the season one cliffhanger revealed a mysterious rift sometime during the early 2000s.

Netflix took their sweet time when it came to addressing the hit drama's future, but we finally have some good news, and creator Maggie Friedman has already suggested to Entertainment Weekly that there is plenty of scope for a second season.

There's plenty of material left in Hannah's Firefly Lane book, not to mention an entire sequel titled Fly Away to mine.

So we're hopeful for plenty more seasons charting the ups and downs of friendship over the decades - here is everything we know so far about the second season of Firefly Lane.

Firefly Lane season 2 release date: When will it air?

Perhaps unsurprisingly given that the show dominated Netflix's top 10 list for quite some time, Firefly Lane was renewed for a second season in May 2021. The news was announced by stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke in a very 2021 fashion, with the two talking over a video call that was posted on their social media:

The cast were primed for a season two for some time with Sarah Chalke telling Variety in March that she was "so hopeful" that the show will be picked up.

However, it has been confirmed that we won't see season two until 2022, as filming on a second run of episodes won't get started till mid-to-late 2021.

Firefly Lane season 2 cast: Who stars in it?

It seems likely that the majority of the Firefly Lane cast will return, with the two female leads confirmed to reprise their roles: Katherine Heigl as the glamorous Tully, who is a famous talk-show host as an adult, and Scrubs star Sarah Chalke as Kate, who gives up her career in journalism to raise a family.

  • Katherine Heigl as Tully Hart
  • Ali Skovbye as Tully (young)
  • Sarah Chalke as Kate Mularkey
  • Roan Curtis as Kate (young)
  • Ben Lawson as Johnny Ryan
  • Beau Garrett as Cloud
  • Yael Yurman as Marah

Everyone else should be back in some capacity (though given the ending of season one, we might not see Johnny quite so much...) and it highly likely that some new faces will join the existing cast for a second run.

What will Firefly Lane season 2 be about?

*Spoilers ahead for Firefly Lane season one*

A vague synopsis from Netflix states: "Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke will reprise their roles as lifelong best friends facing the ultimate test of their friendship and the path to sustain the other relationships in their lives.”

Firefly Lane ended with Kate's father's funeral, which Tully attempts to attend - before Kate tells her that "no one" wants to see her. Tully begs for forgiveness for the mysterious betrayal that she's committed, but Kate swears she can never move past it, and that their friendship is over.

Season two would no doubt explain what happened to cause this rift between the two former friends, in addition to showing us more childhood flashbacks.

Firefly Lane creator Maggie Friedman revealed to Entertainment Tonight: "I knew that Tully and Kate were going to be estranged at the end of the season, but I didn't know how I was going to dramatise that.

"I knew we were working towards that signpost because I felt like a good cliffhanger for season one is: 'Oh my God, wait, these "Firefly Lane girls forever" are suddenly not? What happened?' I wanted to leave the audience with some big questions."

Meanwhile, series star Brandon Jay McLaren has said he hopes to find out what happens between his character Travis, a widower and father, and Kate, with whom he develops a romantic connection (despite her feelings for her ex-husband, Johnny Ryan).

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said: "Travis is such an interesting guy, he’s the first character that I’ve played that’s just the most earnest and genuinely nice character. He has no nefarious, ulterior motives or anything. So I would love to learn a little bit more about him and be able to explore he and Kate’s relationship further because they’re a cool match."

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Firefly Lane (Netflix) Netflix

Further events in the novel Firefly Lane - including a key character death - are huge spoilers, but you can we broke these down in our Firefly Lane book ending explainer. There are also additional events set out in the sequel to the best-selling book Firefly Lane: the novel Fly Away.

Read more: What happens in Fly Away?

Series creator Maggie Friedman has also spoken to EW about the potential of season two, saying:"I think there are a lot more stories to tell, if we're lucky enough to have a season two, of those girls going through high school and what that's like. They're only in eighth grade when we leave them. They'll have a lot of good teen years and fun seventies, growing up times with the great music and the fashions and all of the cultural changes. I think it's just really interesting.

Friedman also teased the potential return of Max Brody (Jon-Michael Ecker), saying: "I think the two actors have such great chemistry. I love that character and what he does for Tully is really unique and interesting but I don't know..."

Is there a Firefly Lane season 2 trailer?

The cast and crew will need to get back to work before we get to see the first new footage from the new run. We will point you in the direction of a trailer as soon as there is one!

Firefly Lane is now on Netflix. 

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