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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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Warning: Firefly Lane spoilers to follow.

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Firefly Lane proved to be quite the addictive watch when it landed on Netflix in February – and the show’s debut season ended with numerous cliffhangers that left viewers keen to find out how things will pan out.

The show, based on Kristin Hannah’s book of the same name, stars Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke as longtime best friends Tully and Kate and at the time of writing, we’re still waiting for news from Netlflix as to whether we will see them return for a second season.

The first run of episodes charted the ups and downs of their 40-year relationship, as the two women supported each other through heartbreak, divorce and more but the season ended on a major cliffhanger, revealing that these best friends “for life” had experienced a major, mysterious rift sometime during the early 2000s – we need to know more!

If the show does come back, and we do think it is a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’, then the showrunners will likely pull from the rest of the book Firefly Lane and its sequel, Fly Away to continue the story – creator Maggie Friedman has already suggested to Entertainment Weekly that there is plenty of scope for a second season.

While we wait for more news, here is everything we know so far about the potential second season of Firefly Lane.

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

We’ve not had confirmation from Netflix that there will be a second season of the show yet. As things stand right now, the show has not been picked up for another run, but given how much hype there has been about it, we like to think that it is only a matter of time before we hear the good news that it is coming back. We’ll keep you posted.

The cast appears to be just as hopeful for a season two as we are with Sarah Chalke telling Variety that she is “so hopeful” that the show will be picked up. If it does return, though, don’t expect to be watching new episodes any time soon as a 2022 air date would be the earliest we’d be likely to see a new season if filming on a second run of episodes doesn’t get started till mid-to-late 2021.

Firefly Lane season 2 cast: Who stars in it?

If Firefly Lane does return for season two it seems likely that the majority of the Firefly Lane cast will return, including the two female leads: 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 – we just need that renewal confirmed first before we get any confirmed casting details.

What will Firefly Lane season 2 be about?

*Spoilers ahead for Firefly Lane season one*

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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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 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?

Again, we’ll need that renewal first and then 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 are confident a season 2 will happen and 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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