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While developing the sophomore season of “Heartstopper,” the Netflix megahit drama series adapted from her webcomics, and she did not wish to make the same season twice. In an interview with Netflix, Alice Oseman revealed that “I want each season to feel like an evolution, to tackle new ideas and themes, and for us to see the characters changing and growing, while also preserving the hopeful heart of ‘Heartstopper.’”
She also said, “While season one followed a typical romance story structure, season two takes a deeper look into teen relationships of various stages and sees the characters begin to explore more complex emotional truths about themselves and each other.”
The freshman season made the Top 10 list of Netflix in 54 countries and won five Emmys the previous year. This season introduced the love story of two teen boys, Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), in an all-boys school in the UK. Charlie, who has always been bullied ever since he came out of the closet, starts to develop a crush on Nick, and Nick discovers himself to be bisexual and admits it to his mother, Sarah (Olivia Colman).
The new season which premiered on Thursday, explores the experience of Nick and Charlie falling in love for the first time. This shows all the sides of falling in love, the initial anxiety of putting his heart out to his romantic partner, and Nick looking for opportunities to reveal his truth to his friends and family.
Patrick Walters, the executive producer who has worked closely with Alice Oseman, said in an interview with NBC News, “We wanted Nick and Charlie’s relationship to deepen and evolve and everyone to be swept up in the magic of that. The main reason for this show to exist is to bring people happiness and joy, so wanting to show as much of that as possible was a big priority in this season.”
Euros Lyn, the director of the show, said, “ he feels such a huge sense of pride” that a show like “Heartstopper,” which “feels like a really important part of that quest to find equality for LGBTQ people.” he admitted that, “It’s actually been joyous and liberating, and hopefully a little bit of what I’ve felt is baked into the show and reflected out there and it’s what’s touching an older audience, who have these feelings of melancholy and yet joy as well.”