9:45am PT by Rosie Knight
TV Trailer Watch: 'Fleabag' Season 2 Gets Religion, Keeps Its Soul
Welcome to Trailer Watch, a regular feature that helps put the spotlight on series that may fly under the radar in the crowded Peak TV landscape. Each installment will explain what the show is and why it looks interesting. This week it's the return of Fleabag, the critically acclaimed comedy-drama from Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
It's been more than 2 1/2 years since Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag debuted on Amazon. Since then its creator has become one of the most sought-after names in the business, with the Emmy-winning success of Killing Eve and an upcoming HBO series, as well as being drafted in to bring her talents to the latest James Bond movie at the request of Daniel Craig.
After all of that, it might be easy to ignore the return of the 30-minute scripted series that made Waller-Bridge's name, but as anyone who's watched the first season can attest, that would probably be a mistake.
The original six episodes of Fleabag followed the title character, played by Waller-Bridge, as she traversed her life as a sexually free single woman in London. She used her voracious social life to dampen the horrors of everyday life, and most vitally, a very recent tragedy. Starring a fourth wall-breaking protagonist, and balancing humor, heart and filth, it was a critical smash, with The Hollywood Reporter calling Fleabag's comedy "ripe, plentiful, and distracting."
The trailer for the sophomore season demonstrates that dark comedy is still at the heart of what Fleabag does best and teases more of Oscar-winner Olivia Colman as Fleabag's hilariously biting godmother. After the devastating events of the show's season one finale, season two picks up with Fleabag and her family a year later. She's trying to better herself while navigating life, love and recovery. The BBC (home to the show in the U.K.) describes this season as "Fleabag vs. God," which likely has to do with the dashing priest (Andrew Scott) who appears in the teaser.
It'll be interesting to see where the show goes over its six-episode run as the creator has already confirmed it will be the last entry in Fleabag's story. Killing Eve alum Carolyn Shaw joins the cast this season as the protagonist's councillor, which seems like a perfect fit. With a very British take on trauma, religion and romance, it looks like it's going to be just as original and incendiary as the first.
With Waller-Bridge currently reprising her role in the one-woman play that inspired the series in a limited and sold-out run in theaters, the second season appears to be a fitting end to the journey of the character. It's already aired in the U.K. and the reviews are, if possible, even better than the original. With the added shine from the success of Killing Eve, Fleabag will likely make waves for Amazon when it hits on May 17.