Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Firefly Lane. season 2. When firefly lane As star and executive producer Katherine Heigl began work on Netflix’s highly anticipated second season, there was an element to the story that was a “hard pill to swallow.” It also turned out to be the series’ most important plotline, the answer to the burning question of what did Tully do that could have caused such an irreparable rift between longtime friends.
The script, much to Heigl’s apprehension, deviated significantly from the source material: two novels by bestselling author Kristin Hannah.
. Heigl “wrestled with this,” she tells StyleCaster over the phone. “I’m a huge reader and treat authors like rock stars. For me, don’t mess with his stuff. But I’m not, I’m not always right. Well, that’s a lot of things, but I really struggled with this with Maggie. [Friedman, the show’s creator].”
The story follows inseparable but unlikely friends Tully Hart (Heigl) and Kate Mularkey, played by Sarah Chalke, with whom Heigl has found a real-life friendship. “I don’t have to act when I’m with Sarah, I can just love her heartily,” he says. Viewers witness Tully and Kate’s friendship spanning 30 years, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early 2000s. While they have starkly opposite personalities, they possess a seemingly unbreakable bond. forged in life experience. That is, until the cliffhanger of the first season, where we learn that Tully has done something truly terrible. “No one wants you here,” a reckless Kate tells him in the final minutes of the final episode. “When I said that I could never forgive you for what you did, what did you think I meant?”
In the books, it’s because talk show host Tully brings in Kate as a guest for the time of the bride, under the guise of mending Kate’s strained relationship with her teenage daughter, Marah. It turns out to be a special about oppressive parents, humiliating Kate as a bad mother on national television. This is not what happens in the Netflix adaptation, the first part of which, nine episodes, is available to stream now. Once again we jump between teenagers Tully and Kate (masterfully played by Ali Skovbye and Roan Curtis respectively) and the events that led to their fractured friendship. Accountability is the name of the game, and we see a well-intentioned Tully repeatedly refuse to say “I’m sorry” when her friendship is tested by her mistakes. It’s not until episode seven that we finally learn of Tully’s unforgivable act and be warned, MAJOR spoilers ahead.
As Kate and Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson) try to rekindle their broken marriage, Marah spends the weekend with her godmother, Tully. The duo try to decipher messages from Marah’s love interest and ultimately ask Marah out on a date to see The notebook. However, she is grounded and begs Tully to leave. “Mom won’t know,” she pleads. A hesitant Tully finally agrees, convinced by Marah that he will be “totally safe” and honest. “I want you back by 10 pm, not a minute later,” Tully agrees and decides to relax with a few glasses of wine. When she doesn’t come home at the prescribed time, Marah calls Tully in a panic. “I’m at a U-dub frat party,” she cries. “We met some guys outside the theater and they invited us to a party on campus.” Tully senses Marah’s urgency and without hesitation, goes to find her. He is on the way home with Marah in tow as Tully’s car is boned; hit by another driver who ran a red light. Marah is admitted to the hospital with serious head injuries, while Tully, coping with comparatively minor injuries, is hit with a DUI and presumably faces criminal charges for reckless endangerment.
Heigl is defensive, albeit conflicted, on Tully’s behalf. “Maggie really figured out how to create this weird moral dilemma that I still don’t know how I feel about. I think when people see it, they will be torn. You’re going to have Team Tullys and Team Kates,” she says. “As an advocate for Tully, I feel like this is bullshit. Why doesn’t Kate talk to her about this? It wasn’t her fault. Tully was trying, once again, to do the right thing. He made some stupid decisions by letting Marah go and not calling Kate and getting in a car after having a few drinks. Those were very stupid choices. But then again, he didn’t run the red light.” As the mother of three children, Heigl puts herself in Kate’s shoes. “Then I look at Kate’s perspective. And I don’t know if she could forgive someone for putting my son in danger like that. He is so shady.
The 40s felt like freedom to me and I don’t know exactly why, except now I feel too old to keep not knowing who I am, but I’m young enough to keep changing.
Fans will need to be patient once again as Part Two, the final five episodes, will be released on Netflix on June 8, 2023. As Part One brings us to a close, we are left with another heart-wrenching cliffhanger and the big question of whether Tully and Kate we’ll be friends again is suspended. “I wish they would drop them all at once,” Heigl says of the time gap between parts one and two, “because I’m dying to see it and I’m dying for everyone else to see it because it’s so important. in my opinion, to history.”
firefly lane it is arguably Heigl’s most important work. It certainly feels more “her”. At 44, the actress who made a name for herself in the long-running medical drama. Grey’s Anatomy and then in romantic comedies like 27 dresses Y Pregnant, Heigl has found self-confidence in recent years. We couldn’t help but ask him about a line from episode five of firefly lane the second season that felt particularly poignant at this point in his life. “When you’re young, there are so many possible ways to go,” Tully’s hippy mom Cloud tells her twenty-something daughter. “You have the whole map in front of you and then at some point in your 40s you realize there are no more U-turns. A bunch of roads are closed and half of them are in your rearview mirror.” There are two ways to interpret this, of course. “Way to put me off,” Tully replies.
Pursuing a career in an industry that “really takes it all,” Heigl likes to see the glass half full in this speech and that includes embracing a whole new path to take. At a time when every celebrity seems to be launching a skincare brand, Heigl has followed a true passion, that of animals in the form of her Badlands Ranch pet nutrition brand. “My mother and I have had a foundation for the defense of animals for almost 15 years. So, we are people who are passionate about animals and we have been working very hard to try to save them.”
It’s not, however, that he’s without doubts about the decisions he’s made over the years. “After my first child, I was still in a rush. Still rushing, still rushing, and I regret it. I missed a lot,” reflects Heigl. “[But] 40 felt like freedom to me and I don’t know exactly why, except now I feel too old to keep not knowing who I am, but I’m young enough to keep changing.” She continues: “Every year it becomes clearer to me. I feel more and more comfortable with who I am… I still think it’s important to change my mind and see things from other people’s perspectives. But it’s not this desperate thing. It’s more of a flow. It is more peaceful. It’s being more comfortable with myself.”
firefly lane Season 2 Part One is available to stream on Netflix.