"We can't go back to pretending she's fine again."
The first details of Fleabag‘s second season have been revealed, and it looks set to explore the emotional turmoil that ended the first series.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed sitcom ended its first run on a emotionally charged note – with the titular character breaking down after becoming distanced from her friends.
But with a second series expected in 2019, it seems that the darker side will be explored even more before the laughs return.
Speaking to Dazed, producer Lydia Hampson said: “The key is to not retread old ground.
“Fleabag’s in a very different place in life from where we left her. The whole of the first series, it was a façade. She was shiny and prim on top, but you didn’t know she was grieving underneath it all. In that last episode, we saw she was broken. We can’t go back to pretending she’s fine again.”
She added: “Whatever our story is, we’re going to start a year on from where we left off.”
After debuting in 2016, Fleabag received huge acclaim – winning the NME Award for Best TV show in 2017.
“Wow – fucking hell. This is literally the closest a sitcom writer could be to being a rockstar”, said Waller-Bridge as she accepted the award.