The real reason why Netflix cancelled ‘Firefly Lane’
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The real reason why Netflix cancelled 'Firefly Lane'

Firefly Lane is one of the most popular shows on Netflix. After releasing the first nine episodes of its second season on December 2nd, 2022, the show will release the next few episodes to conclude the season on June 8th, 2023, following the formats of other popular Netflix shows like Ozark and Stranger Things.

However, ahead of its second season premiere, Netflix released that the show will not be renewed for a third season, much to the chagrin of fans, leading to several questions regarding the cancellation of the series given its popularity.

Created by Maggie Freedman in 2021, this show is based on Kristin Hannah’s eponymous novel. It focuses on the friendship of two young girls, Tully and Kate, who remain friends amidst several upheavals.

The narrative documents thirty years of their lives in Firefly Lane, portraying a beautiful and platonic relationship between the duo, played by Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke. Heigl and Chalke had brilliant chemistry on-screen and managed to win hearts with their characters.

However, the first season saw their friendship sour for some time- the reason was revealed in season one, part one. Turns out that Tully, who was supposed to be in charge of Kate’s daughter, Marah, who was supposedly grounded, let the young girl go to a frat party and then was in a car crash while picking Marah up since she was a little intoxicated by one too many glasses of wine.

Although Tully should not have driven under the influence, the crash was not completely her fault, but the entire thing leaves Kate fuming.

However, the first part of season two ends on a bleak cliffhanger wherein Kate turns up at Tully’s apartment to reveal her breast cancer diagnosis, only to discover that her best friend had left for work in Antarctica.

While the excruciating wait till June next year is indeed frustrating for fans, many have begun guessing what they might see in the second part of season two, which will bring an end to the show.

Hannah’s novel shows that Kate has terminal cancer. When Tully learns of the same, she immediately rushes home to support her friend through this ordeal and be with her during her final moments. This heartbreaking event will probably be the focus of season two, part two and will also cover events from Hannah’s other book, Fly Away, which documents how Kate leaves a gaping hole in Tully’s life and how the latter reels under her death.

While seven episodes seem too little to cover such a broad story, we cannot wait to see what magic tricks Friedman has up her sleeves to unleash the waterworks. Eager to not leave the story on a cliffhanger, Friedman decided to make a “supersize” season two.

“I wanted to make sure that I got to tell the full story,” she was quoted telling Glamour.

Netflix is already notorious for cancelling shows that ended on cliffhangers, including shows like I Am Not Okay With This. The streamer has also cancelled some other shows recently, including The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, Fate: The Winx Saga, Warrior Nun, First Kill etc.

Friedman might make a season three if Hannah writes a third novel since the books are supposed to be a trilogy. She had once said in 2021, “I will never say never about writing a third book.”

Keep your fingers crossed and enjoy the nine brand new episodes now streaming on Netflix: