Looking Ahead to Heartstopper Season 2

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Heartstopper was one of my favorite shows from 2022. So naturally, I’m super excited for season 2, which was recently revealed to be premiering August 3. Let’s look ahead at what we can expect for Heartstopper Season 2!

While the webcomic already had a pretty large following, I personally didn’t read it until after I’d watched the Netflix series. (And I, admittedly, took a while to do that.) Nonetheless, I immediately devoured the series on Webtoon and am eagerly anticipating seeing some of these storylines unfold on my TV!

We know that season 2 will be adapting volume 3 of the comic, which means that the group’s school trip to Paris is definitely happening. A lot of fans (including this one) are excited about this. Some major events happen on the Paris trip!

According to stars Kit Connor (Nick) and Joe Locke (Charlie), season 2 has a different “vibe” than season 1, with more mature storylines. I don’t want to delve too much into spoiler territory for those who haven’t read the comic and want to be surprised, but both Nick and Charlie face difficulties. Nick will have some trouble navigating his personal relationships, particularly those of his family. Meanwhile, Charlie struggles with his health.

None of this, of course, is alluded to in the official synopsis for season 2, which is as follows:

Nick and Charlie navigate their new relationship; Tara and Darcy face unforeseen challenges and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends. With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang has a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship.

However, it has been confirmed that Nick’s older brother, David (Jack Barton), and father, Stephane (Thibault de Montalembert), have been cast. 

Creator Alice Oseman told Radio Times, “This season, Nick wants to come out to the world, but faced with his nasty brother, his mostly absent father, and his laddy mates, soon finds that it’s not as easy as he initially thought.”

As for Charlie’s struggles, I have seen blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hints in season 1. The kind of things that you can spot if you know to be looking for it, but that might escape your notice if you aren’t already aware of it. But Oseman indicated to Radio Times that we would get elements of Charlie’s health issues.

As previously mentioned, season 2 is based on volume 3, which primarily focuses on the Paris trip. Whereas season 1 was based on volumes 1 and 2, a single volume doesn’t contain enough material for a full season, so Oseman revealed to Netflix Tudum that there will be new stuff as well.

I’m really excited for the upcoming storylines. A lot of queer media, particularly that which is aimed primarily at teens, focuses on coming out. And while coming out stories are important, it’s also important to see a wide range of storylines featuring LGBTQ+ characters. Audiences, especially kids (or adults! Some of us were late bloomers) who may still be figuring themselves out, need to see queer people as fully realized individuals. Their stories don’t stop after they come out, and they deal with the same issues as everyone else.

That’s what’s great about Heartstopper. The story focuses on Charlie and Nick’s relationship, but it also delves into their separate lives.

There is no trailer yet for Heartstopper Season 2, and judging by the timelines for other Netflix properties, we won’t get a full one until July. But they did release a video announcing the August 3, 2023, premiere date that features some teases about what we can expect.

Anyway, I know where I’ll be on August 3! Who’s with me?

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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