When the first season of Fleabag launched in 2016, it was a huge sensation. The series was transformed as a one-woman stage play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge during the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fleabag first aired on BBC Two in August 2016 and then on Amazon Prime Video in September of the same year. In 2019, the show was renewed for a second season and became a cultural sensation.
Despite the fact that the character is named in the script, Phoebe’s nickname is Fleabag. In a 2016 interview with Decider, Phoebe discussed the rationale behind the show’s name. “I also wanted something that would give the character an immediate subtext,” Phoebe explained.
“Call her ‘Fleabag,’ call the show Fleabag, and the undercurrent of ‘Fleabaggy-ness’ emerges.” Then she presents herself as though she’s nailed it…nice hair, lipstick, coat… Her name exposes the subtext of her.” She appears to have it all together, but her name betrays the subtext of her.”
Phoebe developed, wrote, produced, and starred in the comic series about a flawed young woman (who enjoys breaking the fourth wall) adjusting to life in London while dealing with a recent tragedy. Season 2 won four Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. Following the show’s popularity, many fans are anticipating a third season. This is what we know so far.
Will There Be a Third Season of ‘fleabag’?
At this time, it does not appear that a third season of Fleabag will be produced. Phoebe has been insistent about the show’s stopping after two seasons, at least for the time being. “I feel like it’s done,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in August 2019, “but I do have a fantasy of bringing her back when I’m, like, 45 or 50.” “Over the previous two seasons, she has gone on the most significant trip, beginning as someone who loathed herself and ending as someone who believes she can love and forgive herself.
” I’m going to have to respect that arc and let her live for a while.” “The reasons to end never felt as guttural as they do now,” she said in the interview. “I’m a huge follower of the old gut.”
At the 2019 Emmys, Phoebe said that the show would be cancelled after two seasons. Phoebe told the journalists backstage after her major achievements, “To be honest, this just feels like the most wonderful, perfect way to say goodbye to everything, actually.” “It feels like the story is finished… “It feels just right.”
Phoebe had previously stated in March 2019 that season 2 would be the “last curtain” for Fleabag. “I’ve given it some thought, and there won’t be one.” She told the BBC, “This is it—this is the ultimate curtain.” “I did mention that the last time.” So there’s still hope!
If a third season of Fleabag is ever made, Andrew Scott would be delighted to reprise his role as the one and only Hot Priest. “Beyond a shadow of a doubt.” When asked if he’d return for a third season, Andrew told TV Insider in October 2019: “I’ll do whatever she asks.” “However, I prefer that the chapter is now closed for the time being because I think it was a lovely, wonderful finale.” It was a lovely conclusion.”
Season 2 Comes to a Close.
After a devouring romance and one very sexual sequence that boasts the hottest rendition of the phrase “kneel,” the second season concludes on a melancholy note with Fleabag and The Priest parting ways. Fleabag declares her love for The Priest at the bus stop. He responds with this chilling remark: “It’ll pass.” The Priest only has to tell Fleabag that he loves her before he leaves. The Priest, despite their affections for one another, chooses his faith over love. Fleabag sobs uncontrollably as he walks away.
By spinning around and shaking her head, Fleabag finally breaks the fourth wall. She doesn’t want the public to follow her any longer, cementing the series’ conclusion. Fleabag throws one last wave before turning around and walking away.
Fleabag’s father (Bill Paterson) marries the Godmother (Olivia Colman) in a wedding supervised by none other than The Priest in the last scene. Even as Claire’s marriage falls apart, Fleabag and her sister are able to reach a stable point in their relationship. Claire (Sian Clifford) ends up chasing Klare down at the airport (Christian Hillborg).
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Phoebe mentioned after the season 2 finale that the final episode was virtually completely different. “There was a time when we didn’t think we’d be able to include the fox in the final sequence,” Phoebe told The Guardian. “I battled tooth and nail for it, so seeing it come to life and have such a positive response was quite fulfilling.”
The Fox Initially Appears in the Second Season, in the Middle.
When the Priest believes a fox is hidden in the bushes, he becomes afraid. “I’ve been pursued by foxes for years. The Priest informs Fleabag, “It’s like they have a contract or something.
” The Priest screams about the fox again as Fleabag is talking about celibacy and why she could never be a priest because of it. After the Priest has left, the fox emerges in front of Fleabag at the bus stop in the last minutes of the season finale. “He went that way,” Fleabag says to the fox, pointing him in the direction of the Priest.
Phoebe has stayed silent about the fox’s true meaning. During an April 2020 interview on Stephen Colbert’s late-night talk programme, he asked her flat out what the fox signifies. Colbert was confronted by Phoebe, who asked him about his theory. Colbert speculated, “I believe the fox is The Hound of Heaven.
” Phoebe stated she was “totally blown away” when Colbert began reciting the Francis Thompson poem from memory. “Yes, that’s what it is,” Phoebe remarked after he finished.
In a May 2019 interview, Andrew discussed the touching ending scene between The Priest and Fleabag. He told IndieWire, “The most essential part about that sequence is that we know they adore each other.” “Now you know something about these two guys who have been observing them throughout the season,” Andrew Scott stated.
“I think what’s most moving is the actual declaration and use of the term love, regardless of the ramifications.” Our love isn’t always enough. To tell a love narrative, you’ll need more components.”
Shows That Are Similar to “Fleabag”
While nothing will completely satisfy our Fleabag craving (until season 3 is announced), there are a handful of shows worth viewing that are similar to the Amazon Prime Video series. Look no further than Killing Eve if you’re looking for more PWB. Phoebe conceived the show, which stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, and was the show’s first head writer. Phoebe also starred in the British comedy series Crashing, which she developed, wrote, and starred in.
While Phoebe isn’t involved in any of these series, both feature flawed female protagonists that can make you laugh out loud while also breaking your heart. Russian Doll’s first season is available on Netflix, and the second season is now under production.
On HBO Max, you can watch all six seasons of Girls. Derry Girls, an Irish sitcom available on Netflix in the United States, has become a breakout sensation, similar to how Fleabag did when it initially aired. In the near future, Derry Girls will return for a third season. If you’re missing Fleabag, this is another series to add to your watch list.