According to creator Maggie Friedman, the final seven episodes of Firefly Lane Season 2 were some of the most difficult to write, especially Firefly Lane Ending. The episodes follow Kate (Sarah Chalke) and Tully (Katherine Heigl) while she receives treatment for breast cancer, marking the end of their 30-year friendship. She explains, "The emotion of it was just exhausting."
"It really took a lot out of [Chalke and Heigl]," Friedman says of the closing act of the show, in which the characters, at last, reconnect as Tully helps Kate get through her terminal sickness. "I'm really pleased with how they came out. They are among the best in the entire series, in my opinion.
#1. Firefly Lane Ending: Did Kate survive?
In Tully's heart? Yes. But in reality, Kate did not recover from her cancer. Friedman notes that although "we ended the second-to-last episode seeing Kate in the future," "we reveal in the last episode that that's Tully's fantasy version of Kate."
It's an affirmation of how close their friendship is rather than a trick. Friedman says, “I love knowing that 10 years later, even after Kate’s gone, that Tully has stayed so connected to Kate’s family, and that she’s helped raise Marah.”
Kate passes away while out with her best friend on a ladies' night. Kate stealthily leaves as Tully describes how she at last told her former coworker turned paramour Danny (Ignacio Serricchio) about her genuine thoughts. Friedman explains to Tudum, “It’s almost like she waited until she knew Tully was taken care of, like her work was done,” Friedman told.
#2. Firefly Lane Ending: Who did Tully marry?
In a flash-forward at the end of Episode 9, Johnny (Ben Lawson), Kate's spouse, is shown dressed and impatiently awaiting the arrival of an unknown bride at the altar. “Hold your horses, I’m almost ready!” shouts Tully from the bathroom. But who’s the bride in question?
It’s actually Marah’s wedding. Says Friedman, “I love knowing that Marah, even though she had a tumultuous teenagehood, turns out happy and good and she’s getting married.”
Tully had to be honest with Danny about how she actually felt since, in Friedman's words, "it's been really hard for Tully to let anybody get close to her who isn't Kate." It's not as like someone is saying, "Oh, she needs a man," or "It's not OK unless she finds love." She has to do more to mend the part of herself that was incapable of closeness with anyone but Kate. She has been pushing people away as a result of her trauma, but now she can finally let someone in and feel okay about it.
Danny and Tully eventually become a couple, but c'mon, it's 2006 (for them). Whether Danny put a ring on it or not doesn't matter. The pair is still together as the series comes to a finish.
#3. Was it also the book's Ending?
“There were places in the series where we felt really good about branching off from the book and creating surprises for the audience who loves both [the show and the book],” Friedman says. “Ultimately we decided it felt like a good full circle moment to bring it back to the ending of the book and stay true to that element.”
In reality, there were a few sequences in the conclusion that were lifted verbatim from Kristin Hannah's book. For instance, when Tully pulls a very sick Kate down a hill while encouraging her to “close your eyes and picture we’re on our bikes and it’s like we’re flying.”
Additionally, when Tully refuses to attend Kate's funeral in favor of opening a box she prepared with mementos of their friendship at the very end of the series, "that's all straight out of the book," Friedman affirms.
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