Netflix’s newest offering Ginny & Georgia could have been an excuse for a Gilmore Girls-style TV show–a tender mother-daughter drama made for easy viewing and digestible life lessons. Instead, showrunner Debra J. Fisher and creator Sarah Lampert stuff the series to the brim. Episode after episode is an exercise in whiplash–the title characters cycle between love interests, varying degrees of deception, new friendships, a mayoral election and even criminal activity. That is to say, Ginny & Georgia is half thriller, half coming of age story, with little sprinkles of comedy in between serious moments. It's a grab bag, and there's truly something for everyone in this addicting new show.
The series begins with the titular characters in crisis. After a series of unfortunate events kept the family on the move for over a decade, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey)–a cunning 30-year-old single mother–resolves to settle down in New England with her alienated 15-year-old daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and nine-year-old son Austin (Diesel La Torraca). The first season’s 10 episodes explore the cracks in Ginny’s relationship with her ever-secretive mother, together with her first forays into friendships and romance, all the while tackling issues of race, class, and identity. Georgia, on the other hand, drowns in her financial troubles while attempting to maintain her facade of put-together charm and southern irresistibility. Underneath all the plot lies the true heart of the show, though: for better or for worse, all daughters eventually turn into their mothers. Yikes, I know.
And after all of Georgia’s secrets explosively unfurl in Ginny’s face, there’s no question that there’s quite a few loose ends that the show simply must tie up in future episodes. Here’s what that crazy finale could mean for any future seasons of the show.
Has Ginny & Georgia been renewed for a second season?
Although Netflix hasn’t picked up the show for any additional seasons yet, another one seems all but confirmed. Typically, Netflix waits at least a month to gauge the reception to the show before renewing it for a second season, even in the case of instant classics like Bridgerton. The show dropped on Netflix in late February of 2021—so if (slash when) Netflix does renew Ginny and Georgia for a season two, we'll hopefully find out before the summer of 2021.
In terms of popularity alone, Ginny and Georgia likely to get picked up. As of this writing, it's the fifth most-popular show on Netflix in 2021, miles ahead of other new shows that Netflix has renewed for a second season (Bling Empire, Fate: The Winx Saga). This comes in spite of critical reaction to the show being mixed, especially in light of Taylor Swift taking aim of the show's sexist joke about her. Though the line was widely panned, it's clear that fans fell in love with the show anyway.
When would season two be released?
The first season took four months to film, per Tom's Guide, so if the cast and production team can be wrangled in a timely manner, we could potentially expect to see it in a year's time. Often, second seasons of hit Netflix shows air the same month of the first season—see: Haunting of Hill House; You—but with so much up in the air due to COVID-19, that isn't a certainty. In short: If we get lucky, we'll get a second season of Ginny and Georgia in February of next year. But it might come as late as February 2022—and that's if it gets renewed.
What would season two of Ginny & Georgia be about?
Well, there’s about a thousand questions lingering from the first season. Namely, did Ginny and Austin really run away? Like, where are they planning on going? Also, what’s up with Ginny’s relationship with Marcus? Can they make it work? Speaking of love, will Georgia’s wedding with the mayor actually happen? Plus, is Georgia getting closer and closer to the clink? We need answers!
Thankfully, we do have one answer: In an interview with TV Line, Gentry cleared up the confusion about where Ginny is going. "When she’s packing her bag, she grabs the book that Zion gives her, and if you were paying attention, when Zion arrives and is giving her the book, you know that he included an address. He has that secret coded message in it, and she finds out that it’s his address to his Boston apartment. So I’m thinking it’s pretty reasonable to assume that Ginny might be headed toward Zion."
The finale also set up the return of Austin's dad in season two. There's so much going on in the finale, you might have missed it—but we never actually find out what Austin is doing when he misses school, and my guess is that his dad has shown up. Plus, we know that Ginny mailed Austin's letters to his dad, which seems to really freak out Georgia. "Did you put our return address on?" she demands of Ginny—but then the storyline gets subsumed by, well, everything else that happens in the final episode.
One thing we do know is that the show will not shy away from portraying diverse characters and (some) relatable situations. One of the best parts about Ginny & Georgia is its refusal to shy away from serious conversations about race, identity, sexuality, and ability. Because Ginny is mixed race in a mostly all-white town, her frustration and inability to fit in is palpable. On the other hand, her lesbian best friend Maxine (Sara Waisglass) has some struggles dating early on in the series as one of the only students at school who’s out. The show also features Maxine’s dad–a deaf character–who spends the entirety of the series just vibing.
Gentry has been candid about the show’s dedication to inclusion. In a W Magazine interview, she said, “When I was growing up, I never saw a biracial lead. I didn’t see interracial couples or narratives often displayed in television or movies, and that was something I didn’t realize I wish I had until later on.”
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Gentry said, "There are moments where Ginny’s friends have microaggressions that they put on her, and some of that comes from my own experiences. There was a character named Samantha, for example, and she asks Ginny questions that are pretty insensitive like, ‘What are you? You look so exotic!’ or ‘Which one of your parents is white?’ or ‘I want to have mixed babies, but I don’t want to deal with all that hair'...Those were things that were said to me by some of my peers growing up and they didn’t realize how hurtful those comments were."
The cast also opened up about the show’s inclusion of ASL. Waisglass, who plays precocious teenager Maxine learned the language for the show. "The inclusion of ASL was like a magical experience, just on a personal note... We literally got to learn a new language for this role," she said. "It's absolutely unbelievable and it is inclusive. I just love that aspect of the show. I thought that was such a great thing."
What have the cast and crew said about season two?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fisher said, "We want to keep talking about Ginny and Georgia for a very long time." Lampert added: "We can't really talk about season 2, but what I will say is, where we always wanted season 1 to end was with Ginny protecting her mom, but by doing so, having blood on her hands."
Lampert also said to OprahMag.com: "Season 1 really did feel like a season 1. We just started uncovering some of the layers for all characters, across the board, that we want to dive into. Deb and I are hoping we get the chance."
And while the creator has been tight-lipped about what a season two could look like, Lampert is committed to stories about mothers and daughters: “I think that a relationship between a mother and a daughter, especially a teenage daughter, is one of the most complicated, nuanced, messy, push-and-pull relationships that you have in your life,” she told TV Line. “I think there’s room for, honestly, hundreds of shows about them. Mother-and-daughter relationships are so interesting to me, and every Mother’s Day, I just send my mom an apology card for the high school years.”
Some of the cast sat down with Collider, when they were asked about the possibility of a second season. "I'm just in the moment right now," said Gentry, who plays Ginny. "And I hope everyone, by the end of it, feel a heartwarming or a heartbreak and we'll see what the future looks like. But right now it's just a blast."
Added Howey, who plays Georgia: "Right now, we're really excited to share Season 1 and we're taking it all in, and there's nothing more that we can hope for than everyone enjoying this ride."
And could season two bring Ginny and Georgia back together? The answer is unanimous: yes. Howey said to Collider, "Of course they can. I need them to, yes." Gentry added: "Knowing the two of them... I think, if anything, that would be the most interesting element of their relationship, that they both know, that they know, that they know."
A few weeks later, in an interview with ELLE, Gentry said: "I don't know what will be in store if we do get renewed or not. But I would say, I want to see Ginny get down and dirty. I want to see her turn into Georgia a little bit. I want to see her really dig in and show that mean streak I know she has. That would be really fun to explore. But, I’m just taking things a day at a time right now."
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