Could There Be a Season 2 of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’?

After a well-made series comes to an end, the first question fans often have is: “When will they announce season 2?” Unfortunately, that news may never come for Little Fires Everywhere‘s audience, as the Hulu adaptation starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon was billed as a miniseries. But there’s always hope! Here’s what we know.

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ finished its run on Hulu

Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon from 'Little Fires Everywhere' Season 1
Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon from ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ | Erin Simkin/Hulu

LFE began airing in March 2020. The first three episodes were released on March 18, with subsequent episodes coming out each week thereafter. The series follows Witherspoon’s Elena Richardson and Washington’s Mia Warren, as well as their intertwined families, living in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

LFE has received a lot of praise for its strong acting and writing. The focus on race, sexuality, and socioeconomic background brought forth plenty of conversation. The eighth and final episode was released on April 22 on Hulu, answering the central question: Who burned the Richardson’s house down?

The series is based on a book

Like many films and TV shows, LFE is based on a book of the same name. Written by Celeste Ng, the novel was influenced by her own teenage years growing up in the unique town in the 1990s. Prior to its publication in 2017, Witherspoon came across it, and decided to adapt it for the small screen.

Though there are quite a few notable differences between the source material and the show, the heart and the message are very similar. Ng took to Twitter to tweet along as she watched the finale, praising the cast and crew and saying she is “so honored” and “so grateful.”

The showrunner addresses a second season

For fans who loved LFE, the question remains: Will they make another season? “I’d be open to it in terms of this is the best job I’ve ever had,” showrunner Liz Tigelaar said in an interview with EW. She called it “an amazing treat of work experience,” and added she’ll “never say never” to continuing it. However, she isn’t exactly pushing for season 2.

“In my heart, I feel like this is what it’s always been, which is a limited series. It’s a show with a beginning, middle, and an end. Everything burns down,” said Tigelaar. She called it a “close-ended story,” saying that, “these eight episodes honor the book.” That seems pretty open and shut.

Could ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ be like ‘Big Little Lies’?

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It’s not unheard of for a show that was billed as a miniseries to come back. One of the most notable examples of this is another of Witherspoon’s recent TV ventures, Big Little Lies. Like LFE, BLL is based on a novel, and there is no sequel — the plot of the book ends with the mystery that also ends the first season.

However, that didn’t stop BLL from coming back for a second season. With the help of the book’s author, the writers were able to continue the story in a way that felt organic, while adding to the plot. It certainly seems as though this could be possible with LFE, but that depends on a lot of factors. So we’ll have to see what happens next.

What fans should look forward to instead

Though LFE seems unlikely to go the route of BLL, there is good news for fans of the series. Ng’s first novel, Everything I Never Told You, was optioned back in 2018, in order to be made into a film. And according to the author, there could be news on this front “soon.”