Sian Clifford Reveals the ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 Moments that Surprised Her

Sian Clifford got her first Emmy nomination for season 2 of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed Amazon series. Fleabag (Waller-Bridge)’s sister Claire (Clifford) was always important to her story, but season 2 gave Emmy voters material they could not ignore. After over a year apart, Claire is forced to see Fleabag again and resume their bittersweet sisterhood.

Sian Clifford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L) and Sian Clifford (R) | Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Clifford was on the Television Critics Association panel for Fleabag season 2 in February. She spoke about some of the moments in the then-upcoming season that surprised her. Now that viewers and voters have seen season 2, her comments have more context. Yes, they are also spoilers for season 2 of Fleabag if you haven’t yet watched.

Claire’s revelation in the ‘Fleabag’ season premiere was important to Sian Clifford

After trying to get through her father (Bill Paterson)’s engagement dinner with her Godmother (Olivia Coleman), Claire finally revealed to Fleabag that she had a miscarriage. 

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“I remember when Season 1 ended and Phoebe was toying with the idea of whether we came back for Season 2 at all, and needing a reason for them to reconnect,” Clifford said. “I think it’s incredibly powerful what happens. I don’t know if it’s ever been talked about on TV. I know that when we presented in London it really, really impacted the audience, and that was amazing for us to witness.”

The level of repression surprised Sian Clifford

Fleabag’s family doesn’t talk about their issues, and it leads to even more issues. The levels to which they repressed before all the secrets came out impressed Clifford.

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“We’re sort of even further into our own rabbit holes, and that’s what is so provocative and exciting about where this new season goes,” Clifford said. “How far down can you keep pushing that cork into the water before it explodes? I think there’s so much repression going on and denial.”

The editing of ‘Fleabag’ surprised Sian Clifford

Gary Dollner is nominated for an Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Emmy for Fleabag. Clifford was most surprised how Fleabag comes together in the editing. She’s filming it but the final cut takes her by surprise.

“So many of the scenes as written did not get filmed in that way, and they’ve not been cut together that way,” Clifford said. “I was lucky enough to sit in on some of the edit, you can see how much everyone cares about it. And that’s why I really feel that this season has leveled up in such a remarkable way from season 1.”

Sian Clifford wants to play Claire again in ‘Fleabag’ season 3

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said she won’t do a third season, so it wouldn’t surprise Sian Clifford if this was the end of Fleabag. She wants to play Claire again, but she’ll give Waller-Bridge all the time she needs, like she took three years between seasons 1 and 2.

“I encourage Phoebe to follow her heart and if she didn’t want to make any more, I would totally back that decision even though I am desperate to forever play Claire,” Clifford said. “I’m working on her, don’t worry. If you just keep forcing people to churn stuff out, that’s when you get creatively stuck I think.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Actress Sian Clifford attends the Build Series to discuss “Fleabag” at Build Studio on May 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Clifford turned to Waller-Bridge on the panel and complimented her for staying true to her vision.

“You had time,” Clifford said. “You really considered it. You waited till the ideas came. I remember that first when you said, ‘I’ve seen something. I’ve got an idea.’  I knew. I knew we were going to get number two and I was so, so excited. And I knew it would be incredible, but even I’m surprised by what she has created.”