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Firefly Lane Review – A Story of Friendship, Heartbreak and Trauma Spanning Three Decades

FIREFLY LANE (L to R) KATHERINE HEIGL as TULLY and SARAH CHALKE as KATE in episode 108 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Firefly Lane is one of Netflix’s most buzzed-about February shows for a few reasons.

It marks Katherine Heigl’s return to the small-screen (if you’ve been waiting for that), it’s an adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s best-selling novel, and it details the ebbs and flows of a three-decade-long friendship, which, you have to admit, is an exceptional feat in and of itself. 

What the series does have working for it is that it’s relatable; Tully and Kat, the two besties who are a bit way too dependent on each other, experience life events that we can all relate back to our own lives in some shape, way, or form. 

What it doesn’t have going for it? It’s not refreshing. There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before; no storyline we haven’t crossed paths with before. 

But the latter isn’t necessarily that big of an issue when you have the aspect of sentimentality drawing audiences in and carrying the narrative forward.

You don’t always need to reinvent the wheel to produce an interesting and entertaining series. Sometimes, you just have to find the right way to reframe it, retell it, and the right characters to sell the story. Kate and Tully are those characters. 

Even if the plots have been done before, there’s never a point when you want to look away or find yourself disinterested; they keep your attention because, by the end of episode 1, you find yourself rooting for these women that are just trying to make their dent on the world in any way they can.

Their problems hit you square in the face, and how they deal with them and rise above them is what sets the series apart from others. 

The predictable nature of the twists means that you can also watch passively; it’s the perfect escape as you sit back and get lost mindlessly in a TV show.

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FIREFLY LANE (L to R) ALI SKOVBYE as YOUNG TULLY and ROAN CURTIS as YOUNG KATE in episode 102 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

Tully Hull is an impulsive, self-destructive, motivated, sexy firecracker who demands to be taken seriously. She carries the pain of her past like a badge of honor while simultaneously letting it control her life for all too long. 

Kate Mularkey is more timid, by-the-book,  and put together, who always finds herself living in someone else’s shadow instead of acknowledging all of her accomplishments.

Kate and Tully meet in the 1970s in eight-grade, continue their journey in a very 80s TV station, and remain friends into 2003 a.k.a “the grown-up years” as they navigate their 40s. If you remember talking with your eight grade best friend about your dreams and visions for the future, well, it’s kind of like watching that pan out on screen. 

The story unravels in a series of timelines, which tend to feel a bit convoluted and only sometimes make thematic sense. It’s supposed to set the tone for each episode, but aside from some stellar transitions — high school dance to present-day dance — the tone seems to get lost. It’s almost as if the editors struggled to string cohesive moments together, and for that reason, you often feel as though you’ve missed something major connecting each timeline or storyline. I got halfway through the season and still couldn’t figure out what exactly led to Kate’s divorce; it wasn’t fleshed out or given all that much attention, and if you wanted to keep enjoying the series, you’d do better to just overlook the flaw. 

Though the editing tricks are meant to set the series apart from other shows and deliver the emotional punches, more often than not, they’re just a sloppy disadvantage that make the storyline harder to follow. 

While much of the buzz is on Heigl and her grounded counterpart, Sarah Chalke, I’d say that I was more impressed with how Ali Skovbye and Roan Curtis, who play the younger versions of Tully and Kate, respectively, stole the show. They never miss a mark, especially with Skovbye selling much of the show’s deeply unnerving and heartbreaking material that allows us to understand the Tully of the future. 

If you’re looking for a drama about friendship that isn’t groundbreaking, you’ll likely enjoy Firefly Lane for what it is — easy, breezy with just enough heart to make you believe what it’s selling. 

At the very least, it’s the perfect way to fill the void left behind by other shows that fit into Netflix’s growing genre of “soapy, rom-com, friendship” dramas like Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias

Though it’s not set in a small town, there’s a charm about the series that reels you in and hooks you. So, don’t be surprised to find yourself rooting for more seasons by the end because you’ve just made some new best friends and didn’t even realize it! 

Firefly Lane premieres on Netflix on February 3. 

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Will There Be a Season 3 of ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Will There Be a Third Season of 'Firefly Lane'?

Since Firefly Lane recently aired its second season, many fans have been wondering whether or not the series about two best friends, Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke), will return for a third season. 

Unfortunately, Netflix announced that the second will be the last, meaning that a third season will not be happening. 

However, there is some good news on the horizon.

Even though Firefly Lane will end with a second season, it will be a supersized season with a total of 16 episodes. 

The first 9 episodes aired on December 2, 2022, while the remaining 7 will hit the streaming giant on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

In a way, it kind of feels like there are three seasons because of the months-long hiatus between the two parts of the second season.

The first half, Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1, ended on quite a cliffhanger with Kate learning that she has stage 3 breast cancer. As she attempted to reach out to her longtime bestie to find comfort and make amends, she missed her by mere moments, as Tully accepted a job in Antarctica and left for the airport. The two have been on the outs for a few months following an accident involving Kate’s daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and Tully

It’s unclear how the adventure of these two best friends will conclude, but Netflix did leave fans with a bit of a teaser that brings the narrative into the present-day—10 years into the future—to Tully’s wedding day. Kate is nowhere in sight, leaving some fans to wonder if she didn’t survive, while an anxious Johnny (Ben Lawson) waits near the altar with Kate’s brother, leading some fans to theorize that Johnny and Tully are getting married

We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out when the second half of the season drops this summer! 

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Does Kate Die on ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 ended on quite a devastating cliffhanger. 

After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer during a doctor’s visit, Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) bolted to Tully Hart’s (Katherine Heigl) penthouse apartment to seek out comfort and make amends. The former best friends were not on speaking terms at the time, but the soul-crushing news forced Kate to reach out to the only person she’s ever trusted. Sadly, they missed each other by mere moments—as Kate got off the elevator to visit her friend, Tully got on the elevator with her bags to hop on a plane for a months-long assignment in Antarctica.

Of course, fans immediately started wondering if Kate would survive the ordeal come Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2. 

The Netflix drama is based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name, so if you’ve read the book, there’s a good chance you know how this is going to end. That being said, the series has also deviated from the book on occasion, so it’s possible that the events won’t pan out in the same way, leaving fans on their toes and in for a wild ride. 

In Firefly Lane Season 2 Episode 9, Kate is told she has a “rare and very aggressive” form of breast cancer, which doesn’t bode well for the character regardless of what happens in the book. Life expectancy and survival rates are improving all the time, and Kate does have a solid support system, so selfishly, we hope she makes it out. 

Spoiler—in the novel, Kate does die from the disease, with fans getting to see Tully pick up the pieces and try to be there for Kate’s family, including her daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and her significant other, Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson).

Again, it’s unclear if that’s what will happen in the Netflix series as well.

Netflix gave fans a quick preview into Part 2, which seemed to cause even more confusion.

The 10-year flash-forward scene seems to take place at Tully’s wedding—and it definitely looks as though Tully is marrying Johnny, which would indicate that Kate died. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the flash forward, she does give Johnny and Tully the a-okay to get married in the books. Prior to her death, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

Only time—and the final season—will tell how Kate’s story will end.  Find out our theories on who Tully might be marrying. 

Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023,

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Who Does Tully Marry on ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 has hooked fans, but it’s the “special teaser” at the conclusion of episode 9 that really has everyone talking. 

While the episode ended with Tully and Kate not on speaking terms, the clip from the second half of the final season jumps 10 years into the future, a timeline we haven’t yet visited.

And the clip is raising a lot of eyebrows as it seems to take place at Tully’s (Katherine Heigl) wedding.

Fans are all rooting for Tully to finally find love and settle down, but the specific clip is cut in a way that almost suggests that Tully is marrying Johnny (Ben Lawson), Kate’s (Sarah Chalke) husband. 

In the final moments of episode 9, Kate is diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, which forces her to reach out to make amends with Tully. Unfortunately, she misses her by seconds as Tully leaves her penthouse sweet to catch a flight to Antarctica on an assignment. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

The book may offer some insight into the upcoming nuptials—though, keep in mind, the show and the book vary slightly.

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the 10-year flash forward, in the books, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

This might lead some to believe that Tully is marrying Johnny in the show, however, it’s important to note that they do not get married in the book, nor do they get into a relationship. She does, however, make good on her promise and helps him raise the children while dealing with some personal struggles. 

So, if it’s not Johnny, why is he so nervous? It’s possible he just wants Tully to get this right. And it could very well be that the groom is Danny (Ignacio Serrichio), their former KPOC colleague and the one that got away. 

Does Tully Marry Danny?

The former couple split up because of career ambitions, and as fate would have it, years down the line, they ended up being penthouse neighbors and good friends. Danny, however, had a girlfriend, who even spent the holidays with Tully, so they remained good friends. Still, there was always an unspoken bond between Danny and Tully.

In the final moments of episode 9, before she jets off to Antarctica, Danny shows up to say goodbye and tells her that he’s always thinking about her, indicating that there are definitely still feelings on his part. 

Tully is a professional, so she doesn’t let the comment shake her, but I imagine that finding out your best friend has cancer might give her a new perspective on life—it’s too short, and you should follow your heart. From what I’ve seen, her heart has always pined for Danny all the years, so if I had to bet my money on it, I would say he’s the one she’s marrying in the flash forward, 

As they say, better late than never. 

Unfortunately, until Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023, we won’t know the answer for certain. 

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