The ending of ‘Firefly Lane’ explained
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The ending of 'Firefly Lane' explained

The Netflix drama Firefly Lane has officially ended, following season two’s finale, which aired on April 27th. 

The show is based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name and stars Katherin Heigl and Sarah Chalke. It premiered in February 2021 and follows two childhood best friends, Kate and Tully, over the years, from the 1970s to the mid-2000s.

In the first half of the second season, Kate and Tully grow apart after the latter is involved in a car crash with Kate’s daughter Mara. They eventually patch things up, but Kate learns she has an aggressive form of breast cancer. The series flashes forward in time to a mysterious wedding.

Despite her cancer returning, Kate attempts to continue life, remarrying Johnny in a backyard wedding. Eventually, it is revealed that she is writing a book about her life, Firefly Lane, which she later gives to Tully. The friends spend one last day together as Kate dies in her sleep, watching a view from her back porch.

Tully is heartbroken by her best friend’s death and is so inconsolable that she almost doesn’t attend the funeral. She finds the courage to do so after Johnny gives her a box Kate made for her, which includes Firefly Lane and an iPod with their favourite songs on. The series ends with her dancing to ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ outside the funeral. 

Kate’s husband, Johnny, is also distraught by her cancer, with her initially keeping its return a secret but eventually telling him before their wedding. In the mysterious flash-forward, Johnny attends Marah’s wedding at their home, where he takes photos of his daughter and wife. He is also shown without a wedding ring, indicating that he moves on after Kate’s passing.

Marah finds it hard to accept her mother’s diagnosis. She confides in Tully about her love life, which upsets Kate. Mother and daughter eventually make up, with Marah telling her about a new girl she has a crush on. In the flash forward, Marah marries her girlfriend, a doctor, with Tully at her side. 

As for Sean, Kate’s brother, he comes out to his family and finds love with his new partner, William. During a conversation at Kate and Johnny’s wedding, she apologises to him for not being the best sister and wishes they could have had a close bond when younger. In turn, Sean apologises for how he treated Kate in their teens and expresses gratitude at how close they are as adults. He is also at Marah’s wedding in the flash forward.