Dash and Lily spoilers follow – including its ending.
A romantic moment in the bookstore, where it all started, is how Netflix's Dash and Lily ends its first season. But where to next remains the question.
Lily runs out of the cab that she's sharing with her parents on the way to the airport, just so she can meet Dash before midnight on New Year's Eve. The family is supposed to move to Fiji, but Lily possibly makes them miss their flight.
So does Lily stay in New York with Dash, or does she move halfway around the world?
The eight-part series, which premiered on November 10, is based on the book series by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The story, set in New York, introduces us to Dash (Austin Abrams) and Lily (Midori Frances).
Lily loves the holiday season, while Dash hates it. Lily is close with her extended family. Dash lies to his divorced parents so he wouldn't have to spend the holidays with them. The two could not be more different. But then Dash finds the notebook that Lily left in the Strand Bookstore filled with dares. Dash finds this and the rest, as they say, is history.
The series provides some much-needed happiness and humour (blended with some excitement and angst), but it also dives into some more complex themes. Both Dash and Lily have to navigate giving up their comfort zones as they attempt to fulfil the others' dares. They have to deal with their childhood bullies and unresolved parental scars.
For the most part though, they are dealing with it alone. For a series called Dash and Lily, they only have about three scenes together.
This could be a marked change in season two, should we get one. While there's currently no certainty around the second season of the series (particularly given the current global circumstances), we have some ideas where the story could go.
Sure, the writers and directors could choose to go in a different direction with the story. But they did stick quite closely to the original source material for season one, so we would expect them to take inspiration from the other books if they were to continue to explore this world.
Series creator Joe Tracz has already mentioned that he'd love to expand the series further. "I love our cast and I love the characters, and I'd love to be able to, if the holiday gods allow, be able to keep telling stories about Dash and Lily," Tracz told PRIDE.
Luckily there's plenty more source material, as the series of novels features two more books. As you'd expect, this gives a range of ideas as to where the story could go.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, one of the books in the series, is set a year after the first book. Another, Mind the Gap, takes place two years later with Dash attending Oxford University.
In the books, Lily and her parents were supposed to move to Connecticut – not as far from New York as Fiji would have been, but still not New York City! But then her grandad gets sick and she stays behind with her mother to look after him.
This sees her lose the holiday spirit, but it does mean that Lily definitely does not move anywhere. She stays in the city with Dash as they try to navigate their new relationship.
As for the question of what they look like as a couple away from the notebook, the source material tells a story of a cute and adorable pairing. Even though Lily and Dash are dealing with their own issues, they are always there for one another.
This mirrors the relationship we saw play out in the series, and we'd expect this to continue into a second season. Dash tries to cheer Lily up by buying her a Christmas tree and even sets up a similar notebook-dare situation. So just like the first season, there's probably going to be more interesting people and situations shown in any kind of second run.
There's also the case of that little shocker in the end credits of the series.
Dash's ex-girlfriend, who appears to put a slight dampener on Dash and Lily's growing notebook-romance, is seen out with Dash's best friend, Boomer. How will Dash react? We guess we'll have to wait (and hope for an answer).
Regardless of where the story goes, whether it's New York or London, whether they're finding themselves or each other, we definitely need more of Dash and Lily to inspire us to take a breath and just live life in the moment.
Hear that, Netflix?
Dash and Lily is available on Netflix.
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