Why did 'Firefly Lane' get cancelled? Here's what's happening with Kate and Tully's story

Fans are not ready to part ways with their favorite duo, but here's what the author of 'Firefly Lane' has to say

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As if there wasn't enough going on, fans are now asking: why did Firefly Lane get cancelled? 

Firefly Lane season 2 part 2 arrived on Netflix on Thursday, April 27, and we already have enough on our plates: does Kate ever forgive Tully? Does Kate die? Will things ever get back to normal for our favorite duo? There's only so much we can contend with during an already emotional time. 

To make this stressful situation all the more complicated for faithful viewers, now they're curious why they won't be seeing more of Kate and Tully in the future. Allow us to unpack what's going on in Seattle. 

Why did 'Firefly Lane' get cancelled?

Technically, the book-turned-series did not get cancelled. However, there won't be a Firefly Lane season 3 because, essentially, Kate and Tully's story wraps up by the end of the second season. The show mainly follows the sequence of Kristin Hannah's two novels, but there are a few differences here and there to keep both readers and viewers engaged. 

When speaking to Netflix Tudum, showrunner Maggie Friedman insists they've struck the perfect balance between the book and the show. 

"I think what’s cool is that: we changed just enough, so that readers who are watching the show—who haven’t seen it all—don’t know how it’s going to end because we’ve changed just enough," she said. "I like the idea that it’s going to unfold for them and they’ll still be guessing—and they’ll get to have that fresh experience with it."

We can expect, however, a few additional storylines from the novel to be accentuated in the second season. Plot lines don't necessarily change, they're just fleshed out a bit more, but at the heart of it all, we know where our focus lies. 

"A large part of this season is not from the book—it’s other characters, other storylines, other things going on," Firefly Lane author Kristin Hannah told Tudum.
It’s kind of a strange thing to watch. But what they have done that I think is so important is it’s still about female friendship. It’s still about Kate and Tully."

How to read the 'Firefly Lane' books:

If you're looking to get a head start on your summer beach reads, here's how to read the Firefly Lane books in order. We suggest reading alongside your best friend and keeping tissues handy—like the show, the story's original format gets very emotional.

Both Firefly Lane and Fly Away are available on Amazon.

As Hannah admitted about Kate and Tully's bond: "It takes work, it takes magic, it takes luck to find the person that is there with you through thick and thin your whole life, whether it’s a best friend or a husband or a sibling. The idea that these two women, who apparently have nothing on the surface in common, continue to make this friendship a priority in their lives—I think that’s the magic sauce of Firefly Lane."

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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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. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.