Warning: spoilers ahead for Heartstopper season 2.
Heartstopper season 2 may have just ended, but fans are eagerly anticipating what will happen in season 3.
The most recent episodes of the acclaimed Netflix drama gave fans with important advancements for the plots of the show’s key characters, including Charlie (Joe Locke), Nick (Kit Connor), Elle (Yasmin Finney), and Tao (William Gao).
So, what can they expect on their next, already-confirmed outing? Metro.co.uk chatted with creator Alice Oseman to learn more.
In season three, there is a greater emphasis on mental health, with Nick feeling increased pressure to come out as bisexual, and finding himself unable to concentrate at a vital time during a test.
Charlie, on the other hand, is so focused on ensuring Nick’s ‘perfect’ coming out and that his lover does not face the same bullying that he faced when he was outed that he refuses to share the effect the stress is having on him.
Later in the season, Charlie admits to Nick that he has an eating issue, and in the finale, he discusses how he used to self-harm.
In terms of what’s to come in the third season, Alice – who authored and illustrated the novel and web series on which the programme is based – emphasised that mental health would be a focus in the future.
‘People who have read the books will know that there’s a lot of stuff we haven’t yet covered in volume four, which is out now,’ she said, given season one covered volumes one and two, and season two covered volume three of her written works.
‘But there’s also going to be volume five, which is coming out in December, and there’ll be a volume six as well. So there’s a lot of story left for the show to go into season three.’
The writer continued: ‘In season two we’ve started to explore mental health in a big way, and I think it’s pretty obvious from the way we leave the season that is going to be a big element of season three.
‘We’re going to continue to look at that in a big way and explore how that affects Nick and Charlie’s relationship, and all of the other friendships in the show.
‘So people who’ve read volume four will have a little bit of an idea of what is coming. I’m really excited to take the show into that new place.’
Fans of Heartstopper have praised the show’s portrayal of mental health and challenging themes in season three, such as Darcy’s (Kizzy Edgell) shattered relationship with her mother, which leads to her running away from home.
One person tweeting: ‘I love the fact that the show didn’t shy away from talking about Charlie’s mental health or Darcy’s home life.
‘It showed both of these things and did a really good job. It really helped people who are going through the same things.’
‘Joe Locke did such an amazing job portraying Charlie’s mental health this season, legit had me bawling almost every other scene. I just know I’ll be crying [in] season 3 as well,’ another wrote.
Heartstopper is available to watch on Netflix.
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