Everything We Know About 'Normal People' Season 2
Hulu ordered the first season of Normal People less than a year after Sally Rooney’s novel appeared on bookstands. The novel itself took even less time to reach international acclaim, as Rooney was given the moniker of the “first great millennial author,” (Rooney was 27 when Normal People came out) and the story of two Irish teenage-turned-college lovers reached fever pitch.
With Hulu’s recent adaptation, Normal People may also be one of the few shows in recent memory that has been able to translate the functions of literature on screen without resorting to ugly narration: either forced monologue or self-evident voiceover. (Hulu’s previous literature-to-screen sensation The Handmaid’s Tale, despite much brilliance, leans heavily on the latter.)
The unique thing about Normal People—and one of the reasons the series no doubt succeeds as an adaptation—is the involvement of author Sally Rooney, who helped write all twelve episodes.
Though it spans several years in the lives of characters Connell and Marianne, Rooney’s novel was mostly exhausted by the first season of the Hulu series. And with no sequel to the novel in development, fans are wondering whether the story will simply continue on the small screen.
Here’s what we know so far.
Will there be a Normal People season 2?
Given the success of The Handmaid’s Tale (a three-season show based on an only two-book series, written by literary giant Margaret Atwood), you’d be a savvy gambler to put money down on at least one more Normal People season.
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Director Lenny Abrahamson told the Radio Times he’d be interested in picking up the story ten years from its conclusion (when characters Connell and Marianne are in their early 30s): “I have a fantasy of doing a kind of ten year seeing where they are in ten years time sort of thing, if I’m not too decrepit at that point.”
Actor Paul Mescal (who plays “Connell”) said he’d “put my hand up and say I’d play Connell until the cows come home.”
Producer’s, however, haven’t confirmed a follow-up season, saying that as of now the BBC is not yet moving forward with a season 2.
But it’s only been two years since Normal People hit book shelves—hardly enough time for Rooney to consider and then write a sequel. And even if no literary sequel comes our way, there’s no reason why TV can’t chart it’s own course. (Though it will be, as with Game of Thrones and perhaps The Outsider, into uncharted waters.)
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