In a red carpet interview, Fleabag supporting actress Sian Clifford confirmed that the show would be ending with its critically acclaimed second season. Speaking to reporters for People Magazine, Clifford said, “I’m so sorry to report that . . . it’s not happening. This is it. We’re done. And you know what, I was pushing for a third [season] until I saw that final episode, and then I just knew it was right that it ended. It just felt like the story was complete.”
Fleabag follows the show’s title character (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a female sex addict who tries to navigate navigate life in the wake of the tragic loss of her best friend. Clifford play’s Fleabag’s sister Claire in the show, who is stuck in a failing marriage that is keeping her from excelling professionally. She was nominated for best supporting actress, but ultimately lost out to The Marvelous Ms. Maisel’s Alex Borstein.
All in all, tonight was hugely successful for Fleabag, with the show taking home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition, creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge won awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for episode one of the show’s second and final season. She is also nominated for producing the show. Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer also took home an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for season 2 episode 1.
Waller-Bridge expressed disbelief when accepting the coveted Outstanding Comedy Series Award, joking, “This is getting ridiculous.”
She went on to reflect on the show’s journey, stating, “Fleabag started as a one woman show at Edinburgh Festival in 2014, and the journey has been absolutely mental to get here.”
She’s the answer to all our prayers. Congratulations to #Fleabag star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge on her #Emmys2019 win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series! pic.twitter.com/fCQrHnobzB
— Fleabag (@fleabag) September 23, 2019
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Waller-Bridge spoke about ending the series, but entertained the idea of a return years down the road, stating, “I feel like it’s done, but I do have a fantasy of bringing her back when I’m, like, 45 or 50. She went on the biggest journey over the past two seasons, and she started as someone who sort of hated herself and ended up as someone believing that she could love again and forgive herself. I have to respect that arc and let her go and live for a bit.”
For the time being, however, it seems that Fleabag’s twelve episodes will represent the entirety of the show.
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