Normal People author reveals what happened to Connell and Marianne AFTER series end



by Alex Ross |

If like us you were left in complete shock and tears and the ending of BBC drama Normal People, then you are probably going to want to read on and hear this.

Although most of our questions about the popular series have been answered by main actors Paul Mescal (Connell Waldron) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne Sheridan), there's still one fans are holding out for... What happened next between Connell and Marianne?

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Well, luckily for fans, Sally Rooney, author of 2018 novel Normal People, which the show is an adaptation of, has actually already written a piece about what happened next for Connell and Marianne, after the budding writer accepted an offer on a course in New York.

The novel Normal People is actually based on a short story called At The Clinic, which was published in The White Review way back in 2016 before Sally even started Normal People.

The short story, which is available to read in full here, starts with Connell driving Marianne to the dentist as the 23-year-old gets her wisdom tooth removed, before quickly moving on to their ever-present sexual chemistry which is so often witnessed in Normal People.

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Following a similar pattern, Connell is recently single after splitting from his girlfriend Lauren, and Marianne, who has recently split from her boyfriend Daniel.

The short story also appears to follow the same pattern of both Connell and Marianne being stubborn, and not expressing their feelings that viewers of Normal People often urged for.

A line reads, "Well, don’t worry, Marianne says. I know we’re both single now, but I’m not going to ask you to be my boyfriend."


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After writing At The Clinic, Sally admitted she wanted to tell more of the story between the pair, telling New Statesman, "I kept wanting to write about these characters who were in their early twenties and their relationship had this texture to it because of their history.

"Eventually, I thought, what if I just went back and just told their story from the beginning, chronologically."

And after the monumental success of Normal People, it sounds like a second series could potentially be on the cards.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Paul spoke about a potential second season, "If that was the case, then absolutely. I think what's glorious about it is that the book definitely feels final about their lives. They're still existing in the world somewhere.

"I think that's probably a question for Sally and everybody else. But I'll put my hand up and say I'd play Connell until the cows come home," as Daisy agreed, "Same. Yeah, very much so."

Of course, for now, fans who have become obsessed with the show are more than happy to pretend Connell and Marianne lived happily-ever after.

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