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Recently, we have seen a lot of content with darker, dramatic themes like murder mysteries, haunted homes, and true crime. Sometimes, we just need to watch something that will bring smiles to our faces and make our hearts flutter, and Netflix has managed to bring us the perfect show for that.
That’s where Heartstopper fits in. Fans have loved this show for many reasons, and one of the biggest reasons was the representation that this show offered to its queer fans. After falling in love with the first season, we wanted to find out anything and everything we can about the upcoming second season!
Heartstopper Season 2 is officially in production and a few people wanted to say "hi" pic.twitter.com/7MQ1NWhqkx— Netflix (@netflix) September 22, 2022
Heartstopper is an adaptation of the ongoing graphic novel and webcomic of the same name by British author Alice Oseman. There are four volumes so far, with the fifth and final volume set to publish in February 2023. The series is a fairly close adaptation of the original story, so we might be able to take some guesses about where Heartstopper Season 2 will take us.
Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring are students at the all-boys Truham Grammar School. Charlie recently has been outed as gay and suffers ridicule because of it. He is assigned to sit next to Nick in his new form, and before long, he develops a crush on Nick, although he is unsure of his classmate’s sexuality. As the two teenagers get to know each other, sparks fly, and they explore each other, their sexualities, and their identities. Season 1 ends on a heartwarming note, with Nick’s mother accepting him when he decides to come out to her.
The first season of the series is based on the first two volumes of the graphic novel, so we guess that Heartstopper Season 2 will, at the very least, match up with Volume 3. Moving forward, Nick and Charlie will have to navigate their friends’ and classmates’ reactions to their relationship on top of trying to figure things out between themselves. After exams, their school also takes a week-long trip to Paris, where the boys have some more freedom to learn and try new things together. Their friends Elle and Tao will also see their own relationships develop. If Season 2 also covers Volume 4 of the graphic novel, then we will meet Nick’s homophobic older brother David, who does not accept Nick’s bisexuality. Charlie also will struggle with his mental health and a potential eating disorder. Although the boys face many trials, they have each other through it all, and that is the spirit that makes Heartstopper so wonderful to watch.
Kit Connor and Joe Locke will return as Nick and Charlie, respectively. London-born Kit Connor made his professional debut in the British sitcom Chickens when he was only eight years old. His career is quite prolific for an eighteen-year-old. In 2016, he appeared as a young Petya Rostov in the BBC One miniseries War & Peace. He also portrayed a teenage Elton John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman. He also starred as Alexander in the Old Vic Theatre production of Fanny & Alexander. He originally auditioned for the role of Charlie, but once co-star Joe Locke was cast as Charlie, the production team auditioned Kit for the role of Nick, and their chemistry was undeniable.
19-year-old Joe Locke was chosen for the role of Charlie out of over 10,000 young men under consideration through an open casting call in 2021. Heartstopper marks his debut, but he has participated in stage productions in the past. He is very vocal and open about his homosexuality. Locke recorded a video message that was played at the Isle of Man’s annual pride celebration in 2022. He called upon local officials to lift the blanket ban on gay men donating blood, calling the rule “archaic,” and in August, the Manx health minister, Lawrie Hooper, announced that the ban would be lifted. In another display of activism, Locke has also petitioned to welcome Syrian refugees to the Isle of Man. Apart from Heartstopper, Season 2, Locke will next be seen in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision spin-off series Agatha: Coven of Chaos on Disney+.
Other cast members set to return are William Gao as Tao Xu, Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent, and Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winner Olivia Colman as Nick’s mother, Sarah Nelson.
The first season of Heartstopper arrived on Netflix on April 22, 2022, and was renewed for a second and third season less than a month later on May 20, 2022. A release date has yet to be announced, but we hope to see Season 2 sometime in 2023. Season 1 finished filming in June 2021 and was released less than a year later, so our guess is that Season 2 might be released in the late summer of 2023, depending on when filming is finished. Season 1 is comprised of eight episodes, so we anticipate the same for Heartstopper Season 2.
Heartstopper Season 2 began production in September 2022, so sadly there is no official trailer available yet. However, Netflix uploaded a short video to their YouTube channel introducing the cast of the upcoming season, which you can watch here!
We recommend searching Heartstopper on YouTube for lots of funny bloopers from the first season, as well as sweet interviews with the stars of the show, like this one with Kit Connor and Joe Locke.
Heartstopper Season 2 is sure to be an emotional one, but if we’ve learned anything from Season 1, we know that everything will be all right in the end. Heartstopper is so special because it is one of very few media representations of healthy, wholesome, teenage LGBT+ relationships and lifestyles. It is reassuring and both heartstopping and heartwarming. Have you watched Heartstopper? What would you like to see happen between Nick and Charlie next season? Do let us know in the comments how you feel about the upcoming Heartstopper Season 2!