Are ‘Outer Banks’ Stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline Dating?

The latest Netflix craze is Outer Banks, a series about a group of teens in the Outer Banks hunting for buried treasure. Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline play two star-crossed lovers, John B and Sarah, who come from different classes of people — the Pogues and the Kooks

Because of their on-screen relationship, many fans have started to speculate whether Stokes and Cline are dating in real life. Here’s what we know. 

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An Instagram comment sparked dating rumors 

In Outer Banks, Cline and Stokes form a forbidden relationship. As a Kook, Sarah dating outside of her social class is frowned upon, let alone date a Pogue like John B. Their relationship in the series got fans wondering if the two actors were dating in real life. 

When Stokes made a heart-warming comment on a photo of Cline, fans went wild. “Heart rate… decreasing.. help,” Stokes wrote on a recent recent Instagram post of Cline’s. Fans quickly started to speculate that the two were dating, to which Stokes provided some clarity. He commented again on the photo, this time writing: “Man, I really stirred the pot here, didn’t I?”

His original comment, while somewhat suggestive, isn’t substantial enough evidence to imply that Stokes has any intimate feelings for Cline.

Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline are quarantining together 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone sheltering in place. Stokes and Cline are currently living together in her apartment because they figured living together was better than being alone during a lockdown.

They’re holed up with some of the other cast members, including Drew Starkey, who plays Rafe Cameron, and Rudy Pankow, who plays JJ, according to an interview the duo did with E-News. They’ve been binge-watching Outer Banks and building blanket forts. 

Being quarantined together furthered fans speculation that the two were an item — or at least, going to be by the time quarantine ends! However, neither star has confirmed any of these rumors.

Where will Cline and Stokes’ fictional relationship end up if Season 2 happens? 

Cline has outwardly expressed how quickly Sarah and John B jumped into their relationship. “When you look at the timeline, they’ve only really been together for, like, a week,” Cline told Entertainment Tonight. “So, you have these two kids who are obviously madly in love with each other and they’re headed to the Bahamas. It feels like there’s this great opportunity to show the honeymoon phase of this,” she added in regards to where their relationship could take them in a second season of the series. “You know, this relationship where they run away from home and they’re in this vacation destination and everything seems fine, and then all of a sudden just like, the drama hits [and] everything catches up to them. I think they are definitely gonna go through some challenges.” That is, if a second season of Outer Banks happens.

On the other hand, Stokes had more questions about his own character’s fate: “Obviously, we have these two kids who have completely uprooted their life in a place they would never imagine stuff would happen, so are they gonna come back? Am I still a felon? Am I a convicted murderer?” 

Will ‘Outer Banks’ return for Season 2? 

It’s likely! Showrunner Jonas Pate told USA Today that he’s currently in the process of writing another season of Outer Banks. “It turns out being quarantined and writing is practically the same,” Pate said. “With all the turmoil over the first season, from the loss of his father to his friends thinking he is dead, there are just so many variables to look at from a thousand-foot overview.”

Pate explained how he and his collaborators Josh Pate and Shannon Burke imagined Outer Banks to be a “four season-novel,” which could mean at least three more seasons of the show. 

Much to the disappointment of fans, it looks like Cline and Stokes are only dating in the fictional world of Outer Banks. But, it’s very likely that fans will get to see Cline and Stokes’ fictional relationship continue to play out in another season of Outer Banks.