After nearly three years since the first season premiered, Fleabag will return to Amazon Prime with new episodes on Friday, May 17. However, fans of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's tragic comedy should savor these next few episodes since they may be our last.
Waller-Bridge, who created the series and stars in it, revealed the sad news Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour while reflecting on Fleabag's journey from a one-woman play in 2013 to the Amazon series, which she hadn't initially wanted to continue after the critically acclaimed first season debuted in 2016.
"I decided not to do a second season, absolutely for sure, and I had great pride in my artistic integrity for not coming back," Waller-Bridge said. "And then I had the idea for the second [season] and did that again. And I've now decided that there should absolutely not be a third [season]. I may be surprised again, I don't know. I had doubts all the way through, as I always do, about whether or not it's the right story to tell, but it's something driving it for this character all the time. And I felt driven again by her."
The second season will pick up some time after the events of the first season, which saw Fleabag's (Waller-Bridge) sister Claire (Sian Clifford) siding with her sleazy husband (Brett Gelman) instead of trusting Fleabag. And as Waller-Bridge noted, the time away from the series and the character opens up a lot of exciting new directions for the show to explore with Fleabag, who will be in a much healthier place in her life, judging by a clip shown to reporters.
"She's a different person now. She's in a different stage of her life. It's not kind of the immediate next sentence of her life, it's the next chapter," Waller-Bridge said. "And I think that means that you can delve into whole other aspects of her psychology and you can also let go of a lot of things from the last series that you need to."
Clifford and Gelman both said that they respect the creator's decision to take time away from the series and will support whatever choice she makes regarding its future. "I really admire Phoebe so much for always doing what she wants to do, what she artistically feels is right and not what she feels like she has to do. That is a rare thing that people do," Gelman said.
However, regarding a potential third season, Clifford joked, "I'm working on her, don't worry."
Fleabag returns to Amazon Prime on Friday, May 17.