‘Firefly Lane’: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke and more on the show’s mysteries and future potential

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 1 finale of Firefly Lane, “Auld Lang Syne.”]

For a story based on female friendship, the new Netflix drama Firefly lane is much more mysterious than you might expect, as of the end of episode 2, “Oh Sweet Something”, which shows a tragic death in Tully’s life (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke).

“We were both being polite, letting the other person come first,” Chalke told Collider. “But I was shocked. Reading the scripts, I didn’t know what was happening in the long run. I didn’t know in Episode 2 what was happening in Episode 10. Of course, when I read that, I ran to [showrunner Maggie Friedman] saying, ‘Maggie, what’s going on?’ ”

While that misdirection implies that decades after becoming best friends in adolescence, Tully passed away, this is not the case. But it’s not the only twist included in Season 1, and it’s certainly not the only open storyline that could become key in a possible Season 2.


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The narrative framework of Firefly lane It’s straight from Kristin Hannah’s 2013 novel, and as Friedman and the cast explained during a recent press conference, the book was a touchstone for everyone on set. “It actually helps me a lot,” Heigl said. “I wish every part I played was a novel that I could read first because it really helped me understand Tully and slip into his skin.”

That said, while the book is key to the creation of the series, Friedman was able to create a real intrigue by changing the structure: instead of telling the story linearly as the book does, Firefly lane jumps through various time periods in each episode, jumping back to when Tully and Kate originally met in the 1970s (played by Ali skovbye Y Roan curtis) to his older self, working on TV news and growing big in the process.

As Friedman put it: “My goal is that if someone is watching at home and gets to the end of the episode, they want to move on to the next one. I wanted to end each episode with a question where I want to go back to the next episode and see what the answer is. And They were fun. It was a lot of fun to build in the writers room. But it was a challenge because it’s like a puzzle, putting all the different time periods together and making them fit together and making sure the themes resonate across the ages. It was difficult. ” .


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For Ben lawson, who plays Johnny, the man who gets caught up in Tully and Kate’s lives both professionally and personally over the years, the changes from the 1980s to the 2000s meant many hair and makeup changes. of his character. But keeping track of where they were in the story was less about the wigs and more about the efforts above and beyond their script supervisor. Danielle de Smit.

“She didn’t have to do this. It’s not part of her job,” he said. “But she plotted all the scenes in order, in chronological order, throughout the episodes. So since we were jumping so much, she would often go to Video Village and say, ‘Okay. So where is this coming from? after this happened? Sometimes it was a bit difficult to keep track of the timeline. ”

Despite how much time has been captured in the first 10 episodes of season 1, there are still many great mysteries to be explored in season 2. The season finale, for example, features a massive suspense about Johnny’s final fate, whoever leaves for Iraq will be a war correspondent during the Iraq war, and is last seen under attack in the desert.

“We knew all season that we were working toward suspense with Johnny in Iraq. We had that on the board from Week 1,” Friedman said, but noted that due to the structure of the show, even if Johnny doesn’t survive the attack, Lawson it would still appear in flashbacks of the 80s, “that’s why he’s not worried.”


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Everyone is hopeful where the story could go from here: Curtis said he wanted “a noisy teenage party; there was kind of one in the second episode, a 70s teen party, but it had a pretty vibe. sinister. I’d love a real party in a 70s house. That’s my dream. ”

Meanwhile, Skovbye said that for Kate’s’ 70s version, “I want Kate to have a love story. I think it would be so cute and cool if Kate had a slightly awkward first encounter, a first date feeling. boy and her first relationship, and then Tully can help her get through and all that. I think it would be so cute. I think it has to happen. ”

However, perhaps the biggest question season 1 left unsolved is not who died in the end (the funeral that was first teased earlier in the season is revealed to be taking place for Kate’s father), but why exactly Kate and Tully have had a massive fall. in these last years of their lives, with Kate refusing to speak to Tully.

Friedman did not reveal the details of his master plan, except to say that he hopes Netflix will give them the green light for a second season. “I hope we have several seasons, and you want to make sure you are delivering it the right way,” he said.


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Does that mean we would learn in season 2, what happened between Tully and Kate? Or would it happen later in the future? Heigl and Chalke couldn’t say what the future might hold, though Heigl added that “I always assumed it would be revealed in season 2. But maybe not. Maybe it’s something you could really get out.”

Chalke added: “I like the words ‘Season 5’. Those two things together sound great. There’s something to that.”

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