The world & its wife fell in love with The end of the F***ing World"s first season.

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That, according to lớn Charlie Covell, who adapted it for the screen from Charles Forsman"s graphic novel of the same name, stems from one key factor.

"I can"t take credit for Alyssa & James" popularity as they"re Chuck"s creation," she told The i. "There"s something about the disparity between the image they project & who they actually are that makes them recognisable khổng lồ the audience – we can see them as two very damaged teenagers who just want to connect & we identify with that.

"I feel it especially with Alyssa. I wish I had been that ballsy & headstrong và had the ability lớn be rude and not care."


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But despite its staggering success, some viewers felt that the series shouldn"t return for round two, let alone round three.

There is always scope for continuation – stories may stop, but they don"t have to kết thúc – và while the first chapter could easily have remained as a standalone, the decision was made lớn bring it back.

"In all truth, we just thought about it as a single thing," writer Charlie Covell told Digital Spy. "Obviously, we always think about how you continue something, but I think the way we talked about the second season is: if the first season is about running away, then the second season is about coming back và having to khuyễn mãi giảm giá with stuff.


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"So it"s that transition from being a teenager into kind of adulthood. It sounds a bit pretentious, but I think it"s more like a response lớn what happens in season one, rather than it just being another season where they kind of vày crazy shit. Because I feel if you just reset characters and let them do the same thing again – I don"t think that"s right for the story."

She added: "At some point, you"re like, "F**k, I"ve got to lớn go home. I"ve got lớn sort my life out. I can"t keep running".

"Obviously an ending is an ending. If you kết thúc it at a wedding, that"s the kết thúc – but then there"s obviously after the wedding, the divorce, the children, whatever. You"ve got all those possibilities.

"I think an end is where you just stop a story. If you continue it on, then that ending becomes the beginning of something else."


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Alex Lawther (James), whose involvement was kept secret until the kết thúc of episode two, also felt that season two was a necessity.

"Season one is almost like a big question in itself," he told Digital Spy. "And as soon as Charlie said we"re going lớn look into the fallout of season one và the consequences of what are highly traumatic events in these young people"s lives... Yeah, that all made sense.

"So it was about answering that particular question of: what happens next? When all of these things happen, what are you left with?"

Chatting to lớn NME about the moment he was told that he"d be needed for season two, Lawther said: "I was worried that James would be a ghost or in flashbacks, like in A Christmas Carol."


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And Jessy Barden was trò chơi for season two.

"If people enjoy something, you know, why wouldn"t you want to vị it again?" she told Digital Spy.

"The series is still about the same two people. It really is still about the two people that people responded khổng lồ before. It"s not lượt thích they"re completely different people in any way. In some ways, they are. They"re still very complex."

And it helped that Forsman "really liked it", Covell told The i.

"That made me more relaxed about writing it," she added.


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With the entire series currently available lớn stream on All4 in the UK and Netflix in the US, people are already looking ahead lớn the future và if there will be a third series.

So, will James & Alyssa be back for round three?

Here"s everything you need lớn know.

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At the premiere for season two, Covell, who is currently working on Kaos, a brand new show for Netflix that "puts a modern twist on Greek và Roman mythology", didn"t sound hopeful about bringing it back.

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"I don"t think you"re going to lớn get another series," she told press. "I think sometimes it"s good lớn just stop things & I hope when you see the end you"ll agree.

"I think you can push things but this feels lượt thích an actual end. Sorry."


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But chatting lớn Digital Spy back in May 2019, she didn"t rule it out: "I don"t think you should keep on going with something beyond its natural life.

"We"ve met them as old teenagers, & we"re now taking them into adulthood, & I"m not sure – I don"t know if it"s right lớn see more. I don"t know. We"ll have khổng lồ see. Obviously never say never, but I think maybe sometimes it"s good to lớn get out."

A voice interjected: "We had a good idea the other day though, so I wouldn"t say never. But anyway…"

Covell added: "We could do it lượt thích Boyhood."

"Yeah!" said Barden. "That"s what I think we should actually do."


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"Could we afford you guys?" joked Covell.

Barden replied: "I"ve probably got another year coasting off this, & then I"m like probably going back lớn being like, "Oh my God, why am I an actress? Another year at best.""

But at the Virgin truyền thông media BAFTA TV Awards back in July, Covell didn"t sound hopeful when asked about its future: "I have a feeling probably not.

"I feel with shows like that is probably better lớn leave it when it is at its height (it picked up two awards for Best Drama Series và Best Supporting Actress for Naomi Ackie). We all feel incredibly proud that we made that second season as successful as the first.

"Obviously you can never say never, but I think it"s good to quit while you"re ahead & I"m really pleased where we left them, and I think that"s it I"m afraid."


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If we did get a season three (we"ll never let go), it"s unclear what the time frame would be – season one landed in October 2017, & then there was that huge wait for the second chapter (November 2019) – so your guess really is as good as ours. Especially as a season three wait would definitely be even longer.

There"s also COVID khổng lồ contend with, which has made filming tricker than it"s ever been.

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The show couldn"t exist without Alyssa & James, so both Barden and Lawther would need to be on board for future episodes.

"It just wouldn"t work ," Barden said (via the Guardian). "The show is Alyssa & James together, you know – that"s what it is."

The pair told NME that they"d love to lớn work together again, either on TEOTFW or another project (we hope it"s both!).

"I really wanna play a female Joker," said Barden. "I wanna play a psychopath."

Lawther added: "I could play Harley Quinn and you can play the Joker."

Getting the gang back together could be tricky though – the duo are in demand following the show"s international success, & are both currently focusing on their own projects.


Initially, Lawther was reticent to lớn commit khổng lồ TEOTFW.

"Initially, I thought was about a young man being violent towards a young woman, and I thought: "I"m not really that interested because there"s enough of that around,"" he told the Guardian.

But he didn"t take any convincing after digging a little deeper.

"But I realised that James becomes something else. It"s not about his violence towards Alyssa, it"s about him understanding how he feels & working out that actually he"s not a psychopath, he"s just very, very, very sad."

We"d also expect Alyssa"s mum Gwen (Christine Bottomley) to feature.

There"s also a possibility we could see James" dead mum (Kelly Harrison) & James" dead dad Phil (Steve Oram) in flashbacks.


First up, season three needs that all-important green light.

Unfortunately, as much as we"re hopeful for a third season, it looks lượt thích there really is basically no chance. Covell"s attitude to lớn the story"s season two conclusion seems pretty conclusive.

"I think, for me, that"s it now," Covell said in 2019 (via RadioTimes). Yeah, that"s done. I think lớn try & eke more out would be wrong, I like where we"ve left it."

"Put it this way, if for some reason we hadn"t been allowed to bởi vì season two, I would have been really gutted. Which I think shows that it was the right thing to vì chưng – for me, anyway. Và I think I like where we over it , and yeah, it feels right for the story."

Okay, yeah, that sounds fairly final, but there is still some slim hope.

"But you never know, và you obviously you can"t write for what people want," she added. "I think you have khổng lồ work out what"s right for the characters and the story – I sound like such a dick saying that but I think you can"t, you"re not doing fan fiction."

Sadly, fan hâm mộ fiction, and fan trailers, are probably all we can expect for the time being. But we"re still keeping our fingers crossed that it"s not quite the end (of the f**king world), và that the Boyhood concept comes khổng lồ fruition.

The idea of revisiting these characters in ten or twenty years is just too good not to do, & you can bet that as soon as that"s announced, we"ll be coming right back lớn this article to lớn celebrate.

So, keep us bookmarked on whatever laptops you pick up over the next couple of decades (or VR headsets, or holographic chess boards or whatever), because we"ll be updating this page with all the latest news, scoops, & dreams come true.

If it does happen, you should expect the trailer in the month leading up khổng lồ the premiere – so check back in 2031, just in case!