Life is hard, and sufferings are inevitable, but if you have that someone with whom you can bear the pain, then it’s worth living. But the other thing about life is that it doesn’t work the way you want. And guess what will happen when an introvert and a popular kid in college fall for each other. The secrets, the taunts, the drama, and the pain that it brings along tears everything apart.
‘Normal People’ is an Irish drama television series produced by Element Pictures, it was premiered on BBC and based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Sally Rooney, the series follows the relationship between Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they navigate adulthood from their final days in secondary school to their undergraduate years in Trinity College. The series was primarily written by Rooney and Alice Birch, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald.
The 12-episode series dropped as a boxset on BBC Three on April 26, 2020, with regular Monday night broadcasts on BBC One stoking the hype for a little longer. After all, it was the last BBC series to complete shooting before the coronavirus pandemic hit – so it deserves a bit of extra support. (Wink!) Although there’s no official word behind this, the next season might take a little bit of time. Apart from that, another 12-part Sally Rooney BBC adaptation was green-lit earlier this year, in the shape of her debut novel Conversations with Friends.
Most probably the casts will be almost the same except few new characters. It’s likely impossible to take on another season without Connell and Marianne, (played by Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones). The story focuses on the two lovers above anyone else, as much as friends and family dip in and out of the story. And Marianne’s friend Joanna isn’t likely to come in the follow-up seasons.
We can’t speak on behalf of those two lovers, can we? Their future is unclear, and in the last moments of the first series, Marianne is packing up her bedroom at home while Connell tells her he might be going to New York for a year. Things are changing for both Connell and Marianne, and it’s for the better. Considering the first series ends in the same way the book did, any follow-up episodes would have to write a new speculative narrative from scratch. This isn’t entirely implausible – author Sally Rooney co-scripted half of this series, and so could be involved in further story work too.