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Heartstopper renewed for two more seasons by Netflix: ‘We can’t wait to continue the story’

Josh Milton May 20, 2022
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Clip from Heartstopper

Heartstopper's Nick and Charlie have captured the world's hearts. (Netflix)

It’s finally happened – Netflix has confirmed a second and third season of Heartstopper.

The streaming giant gave the announcement fans have been clamouring for weeks for on Friday (20 May) – that the heartwarming boy-meets-boy series has been renewed for two more seasons.

“More seasons of Heartstopper!” Netflix UK and Ireland tweeted with a photograph of the original webcomic creator Alice Oseman holding an illustration of characters Charlie and Nick embracing.

 

We were overjoyed with the global reaction to Heartstopper and can’t wait to continue the story with two more seasons,” Oseman said in a statement. “Watch this space!”

“We put so much love into the making of Heartstopper so to reassemble the team for two more seasons is a dream come true,” executive producer Patrick Walters added.

“I’m forever grateful to Alice Oseman for entrusting us with this beautiful, unique story that at its core seeks to uplift the next generation of young LGBTQ+ people. Stay tuned!”

Heartstopper was originally a 2016 black-and-white webcomic that follows teenagers Nick Nelson, a 16-year-old rugby player, as he falls for openly gay classmate Charlie Spring, aged 14.

a still image of Heartstopper characters Nick and Charlie on a rugby field
Heartstopper is one of Netflix’s biggest LGBTQ+ hits. (Netflix)

The comic became an instant hit, tallying up more than 52 million views and inspiring Oseman to crowd-fund and self-publish the series as a graphic novel just two years later.

Since it dropped in April, the Netflix live-action adaptation – so faithful to the comic that it even has on-screen cartoon leaves and lightning bolt graphics – has become among the streamer’s most-wanted English-language shows.

The story resonated with LGBTQ+ viewers who praised the programme for its joyous and authentic telling of two teens falling in love and coming of age. Many say it’ll no doubt be a game-changer for queer youth to grow up seeing themselves represented on-screen.

Older viewers reflected on Heartstopper as the kind of show they so wished was televised when they were growing up.

“It just feels so timely and also so overdue,” Walters told PinkNews in April, “and I think the younger generation is really going to take it to heart.

“But hopefully for the older generation who didn’t have a show like that, they will respond to it and sort of celebrate the changes that have happened.

 

 

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