The creator of the hit TV series Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has confirmed that there will be no season 3 of the show. The first two seasons of Fleabag, the first series of which was originally a play at the Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe, followed the antics of a dysfunctional London café owner, played by Waller-Bridge and only ever known as Fleabag.
The show was enormously popular, with fans loving the dark, quirky humour and the rich and varied portrayal of characters wrestling with grief, loneliness, sex and obsession. However, despite calls for a third season, the show’s creator has said that “I think we have to let her (Fleabag) go, she’s exhausted. She’s been through a lot.”
Sian Clifford, who plays Fleabag’s uptight sister Clare, said that “That story felt so perfectly…not even tied up. I love how messy and unanswered some of it is because that’s life. And I think that’s what Phoebe is so brilliant at. The storytelling…the humanity with which she writes, the realness with which she created those characters.
“The more time goes on, the more resolute we’re getting [about not bringing it back]. We’re collaborating on something else now and we’re really excited about that. But that’s way off. We’re not going to be doing that for ages, but it is in development.”
One of the most popular elements of Fleabag was the introduction of Andrew Scott in season 2 as the Catholic cleric, known among fans as the “hot priest”. His romantic bonding with Fleabag, despite being bound to a life of celibacy, provided the emotional core of the series, as well as a sense of “will they-won’t they” that was the subject of much speculation from viewers as the season drew to a close.
Since becoming a household name, Waller-Bridge has also gone on to write the first season of Killing Eve and make an appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. She has further been brought onto the team for the latest film in the James Bond franchise.