If you thought the Conversations with Friends ending would wrap up all romance peccadilloes in a nice, neat, little bow, you're mistaken.
Sally Rooney's 2017 bestseller has made its way to screens via BBC and Hulu, and its karmic relationships have put a heavy strain on all involved—even the viewers. The Conversations with Friends cast cannot quite get things right romantically, and after infidelities, friendship breakups and broken trust, most of us expected closure to be in the cards.
But Rooney's story concludes without resolution, and honestly, we're all a bit perplexed.
*WARING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Before we plough through to the final part of the story, let's take a quick look at how the relationship woes began.
Our protagonist and uni student Frances was once romantically involved with Bobbi, but despite their failed attempt at love, they still manage to remain best friends and even perform at spoken word shows together.
One of their profound poems catches the attention of esteemed writer, Melissa Conway. Bobbi is immediately smitten with Melissa, and when Melissa's husband Nick (Joe Alwyn) enters the picture, he begins an affair with Frances.
No one is left unscathed, and everyone is to blame for something. Truly, it's love at its most complicated, and we'll warn you: it's not a feel-good romance.
The 'Conversations with Friends' ending
When Frances is in a bind for money, she submits a story for publication, which just so happens to be a "fictional" take on her relationship with Bobbi. Though she originally kept the piece a secret, Melissa gives Bobbi the intel after Nick confesses to cheating on Melissa with Frances.
Understandably so, this wreaks havoc. After an explosive argument—which we detail in our guide to Conversations with Friends TV show vs. book differences—the bond between the two seems irreparable. But a miraculous, inexplicable force brings them back together romantically, though of course, terms are loosely defined, and labels do not enter the equation.
The two seem happy, and it looks like Melissa and Nick have carried on with their lives just as they have theirs. But when Nick calls Frances out of the blue, she seemingly changes her mind and says, "Come and get me."
Is Frances willing to go through all that hurt again? Will Bobbi allow her to continue seeing Nick? How will Melissa feel about the affair reigniting once more?
To find some sense of closure, this would mean that Rooney needs to write a Conversations sequel, which we're all for. Judging from this tidbit—and the fact that the TV adaptation of her second book Normal People was a one-time deal—we should probably not expect Conversations with Friends season 2.
How many episodes in 'Conversations with Friends'?
There are 12 30+ minute episodes in Conversations with Friends, all of which are currently available on Hulu in the US and BBC iPlayer for those in the UK.
But don't fear, loyal fans: Rooney's third book, Beautiful World, Where Are You, has yet to be adapted for TV, so perhaps we'll be treated to Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon's story next.
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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few.
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