Dropped on Netflix on April 27th, 2023, the second part of Firefly Lane season 2 wrapped up the series with the fans reuniting with the interminable friendship of BFFs Kate and Tully, played by Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl. The latter part of the second season does tie up all the loose ends and explore why their seemingly unbreakable friendship turned bitter in the season one finale.
Ever since Firefly Lane premiered on February 3, 2021, it welcomed a slew of positive reviews from the audience that continued to shower in the second season as well. The first part of the second season ended on a major cliffhanger with the episode titled, “Hart Shaped Box,” showcasing Kate and Tully’s experience of being a year apart and struggling to make both ends meet. Ending on such a note of high tension, fans were perched on the edge of their seats, before the second part was released, which is dubbed “The Final Chapter” on Netflix.
Firefly Lane did not indeed conclude on what we conventionally call a happy ending. It did have its wholesome moments, but it wrapped up embracing the bittersweetness of life. So, if you’ve come here hoping to scavenge bits and pieces of season three, then we hate to break the sad news to you, you won’t be getting another season to obsess over this dance-partying duo.
Continue to read why.
Why won’t there be Firefly Lane Season 3?
Considering that the series is based on Kristin Hannah’s titular novel that ends with the diagnosis of Kate’s terminal cancer, it explains why the latter part of Firefly Lane season 2 also panned out on screen with the same.
In the series, we see that when Tully is made aware of the news, she rushes back home to be with Kate and supports her as she did previously before she passes away. In addition, we also catch a glimpse of Marah on her wedding day in a flash-forward scene. The fans couldn’t abstain from allowing the waterworks to flow fully during the scene when Tully envisages a conversation with her dead best friend expressing how proud they are of her.
To end it on a phenomenal note, Johnny hands Tully a box which contains a few mementoes from Kate after her death including her finished book, titled, Firefly Lane (of course!)
In a conversation with Glamour, showrunner Maggie Friedman did not want to end the series with multiple loose threads. Consequently, to make sure that the story preserves its entirety, she decided to “supersize” season two.
“Originally, season two was just going to be 10 episodes, but I was talking to one of the Netflix executives who’s been such a great champion of the show and said, ‘I know where the end of the story is’,” she told Glamour.
“‘I know exactly what I want it to be. I just want to make sure that we get there and don’t end on a cliffhanger and then something happens and we don’t complete it.’ I wanted to make sure that I got to tell the full story.”
Additionally, Netflix’s VP of drama series, Jinny Howe mentioned that the streaming giant wished to honour Friedman’s plan for the series, saying, “She wanted to tell the story in the two books. This felt like the most special and best way to deliver the series to the fans of the show while honouring Maggie’s vision at the same time.”
Although Firefly Lane ended untimely for us, we are at least grateful for the fact that almost all the loose ends are tied up and the characters have met their due fates as they were supposed to.
Is the author planning to add another book to the Firefly Lane series?
Since the Netflix series is based on the novels written by Kristin Hannah, we can hope for the author to add another book to the series, so a third season might transform into a concrete reality. But considering how things have panned out in the first two seasons, one might argue that hoping for another book entirely is tantamount to wishing for the will o’ the wisp!
But that is not entirely true! In a conversation with No Apology Book Reviews in April 2021, when asked about her next book, the author said, “I have been doing a lot of publicity and the pandemic has knocked me for a loop. I am just now thinking about some things. I had originally seen Firefly Lane as the start of a trilogy. So, I will never say never about writing a third book.”
Here’s to more pumpkin-spiced lattes!
For those yet to binge on the latest episodes of Firefly Lane season 2, here’s the official synopsis (courtesy of Netflix):
“What could possibly have ended the tight-knit thirty-year friendship of Tully and Kate, our “Firefly Lane Girls Forever”? We’ll learn the answer this season — but first — Kate grapples with the painful aftermath of Johnny’s ill-fated trip to Iraq, while Tully faces a lawsuit after walking away from her talk show, and must start her career over from the bottom. This leads her to search for answers about who she is and where she comes from — including a quest to find the father she never met, against the wishes of her secretive hippie mother, Cloud.
In the ’80s, we see Kate and Johnny first fall in love, creating more than a little drama in the newsroom where they work, as Tully’s career rises and she spars (and flirts!) with cocky sportscaster Danny Diaz. She just might have met her match — that is if they can stop arguing for five minutes. While in the ’70s, teenage Kate and Tully struggle to keep their friendship together as Cloud goes to jail for dealing drugs and Tully goes to live with her grandmother, far away from Firefly Lane. As the girls face the tumult of high school apart, they know the one thing they really need is each other.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many episodes are in season 2 part 2 of Firefly Lane?
Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 has a total of seven episodes ranging from 40 to 50-minute. The season finale, however, is an exception which is a little over an hour.
Will there be season 3 of Firefly Lane?
No. Season 3 of Firefly Lane is canceled.