You Probably Won’t See a ‘Conversations With Friends’ Season 2—Here’s Why

Sally Rooney is a bona fide heartbreaker of an author, and she (read: her books) is returning to hurt you again. Conversations With Friends, Rooney’s first novel which follows two young poets entangled with an older married couple, landed in TV form on Hulu this week. The creative team behind the adaptation, led by director Lenny Abrahamson, received critical acclaim just two years ago with Normal People, a 12-episode miniseries based on Rooney’s novel of the same name, starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Conversations With Friends was initially announced in February of 2020, three years after the book was published. This week, the long wait is over. The series stars Joe Alwyn, Girls’ Jemima Kirke, American Honey‘s Sasha Lane and newcomer Alison Oliver. If you’ve yet to recover from the final episode of Normal People, proceed with caution. The limited series explores complicated relationships more than it leans on true romance, inducing a kind of heartbreak that stems from self reflection that is altogether too real. Here’s what we know about whether we’ll get a second season.

Will there be a season 2?

Bad news for fans of romance/drama and Joe Alwyn’s face, Conversations With Friends is likely capped at one season. This story, which Rooney tells in 336 pages, won’t be told through multiple seasons of television. In fact, the story, much like Normal People, probably could have been told through a feature film, and perhaps would have been five years ago. In conversation with Deadline, director Lenny Abrahamson explained the decision to bring these stories to the small screen, saying big screen adaptations would have attracted “tiny” audiences. Abrahamson considers Conversations With Friends, and its predecessor, “arthouse TV,” requiring its audience to “commit to something thoughtful and artful in its execution.”

Although we probably won’t see a season 2, this is not the end of the road for fans of Rooney’s work and viewers just looking to feel something. Rooney’s latest novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, was released to wide acclaim last September, and continues to hang out at the top of bestseller lists. If history and the power of the fandom tell us anything, we can guess that Conversations With Friends will not be the last television adaptation of Rooney’s work.

The ménage à quatre that is Conversations With Friends is contained to just 12 episodes, which were released all at once on May 15. In the name of savoring content or protecting your own peace, take this miniseries one episode at a time. Remember two years ago, in the depths of the pandemic, when you binged all 12 episodes of Normal People in one day and then couldn’t force a smile for a week? Consider that a cautionary tale.

All 12 episodes of ‘Conversations With Friends’ are available to stream now on Hulu.

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