’Fleabag’: The Ending Is ‘Perfect’ and Doesn’t Require Season 3

IndieWire | 5/20/2019 | Staff
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“This a love story,” Fleabag says into the camera in Season 2’s opening scene of Amazon’s eponymous series created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Who or what the love story is about, however, is up for debate.

For most viewers, the central relationship between Fleabag and Priest (Andrew Scott) is the clear love story. Their chemistry is instant and electric, and she even leads him into temptation, prompting him to break his vow of celibacy. But in the end, despite the their feelings of rightness together, he sticks with God. Fleabag and Priest exchange “I love yous” at a bus stop, and then part ways.

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“The most important thing about that scene is that we know they love each other. Now you understand something that you might’ve suspected about these two people watching them throughout the series,” said Andrew Scott. “I think what’s really moving is the actual declaration and using the word love, whatever the consequences. Sometimes our love isn’t enough. There are more ingredients involved to tell a love story.”

For one, not all love stories are romantic. The Priest’s relationship with God is all about love. In the same episode, the Priest also officiates a heartfelt wedding between Fleabag’s widower father and her godmother. During the wedding, Fleabag’s sister Claire (Sian Clifford) leaves her husband Martin (Brett Gelman) to pursue a Finnish man named Klare (Christian Hillborg) who adores her. And of course, Fleabag and Claire’s relationship has been repaired over the course of the season.

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“It was really important for us, for the sisters, to find their way back together. This is a love story,” said Clifford. “There are so many love stories. There’s Fleabag and dad, there’s dad and godmother obviously, there’s Fleabag and the Priest, there’s Fleabag and Claire, there’s Claire and Klare, there’s Martin and Claire, there’s...
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