By Zoe Guy
Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia could have been an excuse for a Gilmore Girls-style TV show—a tender mother-daughter drama made for easy viewing and digestible life lessons. Instead, showrunner Debra J. Fisher and creator Sarah Lampert stuffed the series to the brim. Episode after episode is an exercise in whiplash–the title characters cycle between love interests; varying degrees of deception; new friendships; a mayoral election; and, yes, even criminal activity. That is to say, Ginny & Georgia is half thriller, half coming of age story, sprinkled with doses of comedy in between serious moments. It's a grab bag, and there's truly something for everyone.
The series begins with the titular characters in crisis. After a series of unfortunate events that kept the family on the move for over a decade, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey), a cunning 30-year-old single mother, resolves to settle down in New England with her alienated 15-year-old daughter, Ginny (Antonia Gentry), and nine-year-old son, Austin (Diesel La Torraca). The first season’s 10 episodes explore the cracks in Ginny’s relationship with her secretive mother and her first forays into friendships and romance, all the while tackling issues of race, class, and identity.
Has Ginny & Georgia been renewed for a second season?
Yes! On April 19, Netflix confirmed Ginny & Georgia was renewed for a second season. “We are so appreciative of the incredible response and love you all have shown ‘Ginny & Georgia,” creator Debra J. Fisher said in a statement, per Variety. “We can’t wait to return to Wellsbury for Season 2.”
In terms of sheer popularity, Ginny & Georgia was destined to get picked up for a second season: 52 million households viewed the series in its first 28 days. This comes in spite of mixed critical reactions to the show, and particularly in light of Taylor Swift taking aim at the show's sexist joke about her. Though the line was widely panned, it's clear that fans fell in love with the show anyway.
In May of 2021, at the MTV Awards, Gentry teased to press what's to come in the second season: "It's a roller coaster ride. Even I don't know the full details, but I am on the edge of my seat. I know it's going to be a full package of just excitement and plot, and craziness," she said.
When will season two of Ginny and Georgia be released?
Unfortunately, a second season isn't coming as soon as fans had hoped. In spite of being renewed back in April, season two didn't begin filming until November, per What's On Netflix. In mid-October, the show's Instagram page shared, "Gearing up to film season two let’s take a peek back at filming season one episode one."
So when can we expect to see it on Netflix? Season one took about four months to film, and What's on Netflix reported that its "best estimate right now is that Ginny & Georgia season 2 will squeeze onto Netflix in mid-to-late 2022."
What will season two of Ginny & Georgia be about?
The first season ended on a whole bunch of cliffhangers. Did Ginny and Austin really run away? What's up with Ginny’s relationship with Marcus? Speaking of love, will Georgia’s wedding with the mayor actually happen? Plus, is Georgia getting closer and closer to the clink? We need answers!
Thankfully, we do have one answer. In an interview with TV Line, Gentry cleared up the confusion about where Ginny is going. "When she’s packing her bag, she grabs the book that Zion gives her, and if you were paying attention when Zion arrives and is giving her the book, you know that he included an address. He has that secret coded message in it, and she finds out that it’s his address to his Boston apartment. So I’m thinking it’s pretty reasonable to assume that Ginny might be headed toward Zion."
The finale also set up the return of Austin's dad in season two. There's so much going on in the finale, you might have missed it—but we never actually find out what Austin is doing when he misses school, and my guess is that his dad has shown up. Plus, we know that Ginny mailed Austin's letters to his dad, which seems to really freak out Georgia. "Did you put our return address on?" she demands of Ginny—but then the storyline gets subsumed by, well, everything else that happens in the final episode.
Scott Porter, who plays Mayor Paul, teased that there might be more to his straight-laced character than meets the eye, telling HollywoodLife: "As far as Mayor Paul goes, I have had questions since day one about where he came from because of the things that he says in the show. He went to Brown. He has an Ivy League education, and then he abandoned all of it to travel overseas, backpack, teach English, and get a sense of the world that is much different than a lot of people who try and fast track their way into politics. But then, upon his return to the States, he magically did that. What drives a person like that? He’s multifaceted, yet very direct and focused. So what made him that way? I’m really excited to discover more about his family and where he came from."
One thing we do know is that the show will not shy away from portraying diverse characters and (some) relatable situations. One of the best parts about Ginny & Georgia is its refusal to shy away from serious conversations about race, identity, sexuality, and ability. Because Ginny is multiracial in a mostly all-white town, her frustration and inability to fit in is palpable. And her lesbian best friend, Maxine (Sara Waisglass), is shown struggling to date early on in the series as one of the only students at school who’s out. On the other hand, the show also features Maxine’s dad–a deaf character–who spends the entirety of the series just vibing.
Gentry has been candid about the show’s dedication to inclusion. In a W magazine interview, she said, “When I was growing up, I never saw a biracial lead. I didn’t see interracial couples or narratives often displayed in television or movies, and that was something I didn’t realize I wish I had until later on.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Ablack, who plays Padma, told Brown Girl Magazine: "The show does a really great job at writing these young characters that are trying to figure out race and sexuality. I resonated with the discussions between these characters that I had at that age...It’s impossible not to resonate with these characters because I am a woman of color living in a world that is built for whiteness.”
The cast has also opened up about the show’s inclusion of ASL. Waisglass, who plays precocious teenager Maxine, learned the language for the show. "The inclusion of ASL was like a magical experience, just on a personal note...We literally got to learn a new language for this role," she said. "It's absolutely unbelievable and it is inclusive. I just love that aspect of the show. I thought that was such a great thing."
What have the cast and crew said about season two?
During promotion for season one, the cast and crew were tight-lipped but extremely down for a second season. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fisher said, "We want to keep talking about Ginny and Georgia for a very long time." Lampert said to OprahMag.com: "Season 1 really did feel like a season 1. We just started uncovering some of the layers for all characters, across the board, that we want to dive into."
Ccould season two bring Ginny and Georgia back together? The answer is unanimous: yes. Howey said to Collider, "Of course they can. I need them to, yes." Gentry added: "Knowing the two of them... I think, if anything, that would be the most interesting element of their relationship, that they both know, that they know, that they know."
A few weeks later, in an interview with ELLE, Gentry said: "I want to see Ginny get down and dirty. I want to see her turn into Georgia a little bit. I want to see her really dig in and show that mean streak I know she has. That would be really fun to explore."
In interviews in August, Gentry shared that one thing will change dramatically in season two—her character's fashion. “Think total 180—I’ll just leave it at that," she shared with Us. She also spoke to Bustle about the "new Ginny," saying: that her character "has a new sense of confidence in herself...So, she’s not too afraid of standing out. And I think that would be really fun to play with.”
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