Will there be a season 3 of 'Firefly Lane'? Here's what we know

Are we getting a season 3 of 'Firefly Lane'? Will there be more episodes detailing the adventures of Kate and Tully? We've got all the info you need

Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl in Firefly Lane
(Image credit: Netflix)

The second season dropped in December, but we're already wondering: will there be a season 3 of Firefly Lane?

*Warning: Firefly Lane season 1 and 2 spoilers ahead!*

Firefly Lane season 2 premiered on Friday, December 2, 2022 on Netflix, putting forth answers to some major lingering questions from that season one Firefly Lane ending—namely, "what did Tully do to Kate?" and "does Johnny die during that IED explosion?" And for those wondering, do Johnny and Kate get back together?, there were also some major revelations and developments. 

But the first half of the second season (the second half is coming later this year) also offered up a new batch of concerns. Does Kate ever forgive Tully? And, most pressingly, does Kate die in Firefly Lane?! While we do have new episodes of the season to look forward to soon, the never-ending drama and heartbreaking emotion of the show leaves us wondering, will there be a Firefly Lane season 3 to enjoy? We dive into the question of whether we'll be seeing a season 3 of Firefly Lane in the near future.

Will there be a season 3 of 'Firefly Lane'?

Sadly, there will not be a season 3 of Firefly Lane! Sob. However, as mentioned, that doesn't mean you won't have new episodes to look forward to in 2023. 

Firefly Lane season 2 episode 1 - Production Still Image

(Image credit: DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX)

After its renewal announcement in May 2021, Netflix confirmed in October 2022 that Firefly Lane season 2 would be the series' last—meaning a season 3 of Firefly Lane is definitely not happening.

The streaming service also confirmed that season two would be split into two parts à la Stranger Things season 4. The first episodes of the supersized second season arrived on the streaming platform on Friday, December 2. And the next and final batch will arrive on June 8, 2023, as leading lady Katherine Heigl announced on social media. 

"When you guys are done binging those new #FireflyLane episodes... you can look forward to 7 more!" the actress posted on Twitter on December 2. "Season 2 part 2 will be hitting your screens on June 8, 2023."

Heigl's co-star Sarah Chalke, who plays Kate, told WFLA (opens in new tab) about filming the second and final season: "It's such a different experience coming back to a show for a second season than just starting out, because you already have that camaraderie and that rapport and you already know everybody and you already have your inside jokes."

"It's just my favorite and we had a particularly great time on this show so I'm very sad that we won't get to do more," she continued, before joking that there should be a "Firefly Lane multiverse" that exists in another space and time continuum. Fans wouldn't be mad, especially if it meant a Firefly Lane season 3!

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Why will there not be a season 3 of Firefly Lane?

So why won't we be getting a Firefly Lane season 3? 

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

Well, it seems that two seasons only was always the plan for the series' showrunner, Maggie Friedman.

In an interview with Glamour magazine (opens in new tab), she revealed that she wanted to contain the show to two seasons to ensure that they got to tell the story of Kate and Tully in its entirety, without the risk of leaving the story unfinished. 

Maggie explained, "Originally, season two was just going to be 10 episodes, but I was talking to one of the Netflix executives who’s been such a great champion of the show and said, 'I know where the end of the story is',"

"'I know exactly what I want it to be. I just want to make sure that we get there and don’t end on a cliffhanger, and then something happens and we don’t complete it.' I wanted to make sure that I got to tell the full story."

It's also fitting that the streaming series would close out after two seasons total—after all, there are two books in the Firefly Lane book series by Kristin Hannah on which the Netflix friendship saga is based. The first is (as you may have expected) Firefly Lane, which was published in 2008, and the second, Fly Away, published in 2013.

While the series has just shared the devastating news of Kate's breast cancer diagnosis, the original book ends with her death from cancer—and the second book, Fly Away is all about how Jonny, Tully and Marah deal with the heartbreaking loss. So will we see this play out in the second part of season two? Only time will tell...

Firefly Lane. (L to R) Sarah Chalke as Kate, Katherine Heigl as Tully in episode 204 of Firefly Lane.

(Image credit: Diyah Pera/Netflix)

How many episodes of 'Firefly Lane' season 2 are there?

Unlike the 10-episode first season, Firefly Lane's two-part second season will consist of 16 episodes total. Yay! 

The first half of the season includes nine nearly-hour-long episodes, which dropped on December 2; Firefly Lane season 2 part 2 will see seven new episodes premiere on Netflix on June 8, 2023. 

Appearing on the TODAY (opens in new tab) show, Heigl revealed: “These first nine (episodes) that are going to drop, you will discover what it is that has really fractured that relationship,” adding: “It’s pretty big, it’s pretty juicy.”

So while there's sadly no season 3 of Firefly Lane coming, here's hoping that the final episodes of Firefly Lane season 2 are equally as juicy!

The first nine episodes of Firefly Lane season 2 are now streaming on Netflix. 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.