Just a month ago Heartstopper was released, a series that has had a great impact on critics and Netflix subscribers for being a series with full representation of what it really means to be a teenager LGTB. The success has been such that the second and third seasons have already been confirmed, in which the author of the graphic novel herself, Alice Oseman, will participate as a screenwriter.
The love story between Charlie and Nick managed to reach the Top 10 most watched series on Netflix in 54 countries, and the hashtag #Heartstopper itself has already accumulated almost 5 million views on TikTok.
The secret of the series’ triumph is that the plot breaks with many stereotypes of LGBT adolescence that audiences are so used to seeing in other series. On the one hand, we do not have the typical high school models of all teen series, in Heartstopper all the characters have a realistic image of how it is the real aspect of some kids between 14 and 16 years old. Moreover, unlike other stories, Heartstopper shows a totally different and optimistic way of facing problems.
The series does not show an idyllic world either, it shows the problems that LGTB people face on a daily basis as other series also show. The fear of being harassed, of no one accepting their identity or the horrible resignation that “your partner” pretends you don’t exist because “it’s dangerous”. However, where in other series we find a bitter tension in love stories that frustrates us because we know how hard it is to be brave, in Heartstopper Nick (Kit Connor) struggles from the beginning to make things right. And although it is not easy, it shows that it is not impossible either and that no fear is an excuse for not having a healthy love.
About the next seasons we can imagine that, like the first one, they will follow the same storyline of the graphic novel, especially knowing that the author will script these seasons. As for the cast, we will continue to see the intrepid group of friends we already know (Charlie, Tao, Isaac and Elle) in the hands of the same actors (Joe Locke, William Gao, Tobie Donovan and Yasmin Finney) who have now been joined by Nick (Kit Connor), Tara (Corina Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell).
The storyline will pick up right where they left off, in Nick and Charlie‘s purpose to stop hiding and be as honest about their love as heterosexual couples are (Nick takes his first big step by telling his mother) and although the couple seems to have overlooked it, fans are still mindful of Ben‘s threats against Charlie. We will also see how the relationship between Tara and Darcy, which had gone through its first hurdles in the first season, is progressing and the question of whether something can come up between Tao and Elle is still present.
Although there is still no concrete date for the premiere of the next season, it is expected that the shooting and editing time will be similar to the first one, so Heartstopper 2 will most likely be released in the spring of 2023.