Phoebe Waller-Bridge has not forsaken us after all! The writer-star of Fleabag, the truly brilliant Amazon dramedy that nestled into several best-of lists last year, announced that the show will be returning for a second season after all—albeit not until 2019. (So desperately far away, but better than nothing at all.) It was originally unclear if the show would return for another go-round, given the ascent of Waller-Bridge’s career since its debut, but all involved parties have since realized that this project was too magical to give up on.
“I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say, and frankly she hasn’t shut up since,” Waller-Bridge said in a statement. “Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I’m beyond thrilled to be coming back.”
Season 1 ended on an almost calamitous note, bringing a witty six-episode run to an arresting end. The series revolves around an unnamed British woman—we know her only by the nickname Fleabag—working through the devastating losses of both her best friend and her mother, while also giving in to her every sexual whim, no matter how perverse. She’s a pretty glorious mess.
“I always wanted the feeling of someone who was a scream, a great person to have at a party,” Waller-Bridge previously told Vanity Fair. “If you met in a bar, you’d be like, ‘This girl’s on top of everything. She’s funny, she’s witty, she’s clever, she’s so self-aware. She must be flying.’ And then she leaves and someone goes, ‘You realize her mother and her best friend died like a year ago?’”
The show also boasts a strong cast, including a dirtbag Brett Gelman and a comically villainesque Olivia Colman. Waller-Bridge’s post-Fleabag acclaim has included landing a role in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off film and executive producing and writing a new series for BBC America, a murder drama titled Killing Eve which will star Sandra Oh. Though it was pre-supposed that Waller-Bridge, who was nominated for several BAFTAs, would land an Emmy nomination this year, the glittery U.S.-based awards show evaded her this time around. Perhaps 2019 will bring some vengeance. Hell hath no fury like a Flea scorned.
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