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“28 thoughts I had while watching the Fleabag finale”

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After the last-ever episode of Fleabag, here’s what went through our heads. Warning: spoilers ahead…

This is it, the sixth and final episode of Fleabag season two.

We’ve watched our eponymous heroine fall for the sexy priest, we’ve watched her grieve for her mother and her best friend, and we’ve watched her in the lead up to the wedding between her father and her Godmother. In this episode, we’re ready to say goodbye. 

As the BBC put it: “As the day of the wedding arrives, Jake wants to know where Claire is, and the priest upstages the bride. As secrets are revealed and decisions are made, will Fleabag find the ending she’s looking for?” 

Will she? Here, Stylist’s entertainment director Helen Bownass shares her thoughts on the show’s bittersweet finale. 

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1. I feel a bit bereft-stressed already and I’m only on the previous episode recap. How is this series nearly over so quickly? OK. Be brave, let’s go…

2. I do enjoy those little speckles of grey in the priest’s hair.

3. Fleabag looks so happy that her priest stayed the night: “I just can’t believe you did that.” Me neither. 

4. Olivia Colman is on fire tonight while introducing her wedding guests: ”My very interesting friend, Daniel who’s deaf.” “My bisexual Syrian refugee friend.”

5. I thought I was the only person who always secretly worries I’ll blank on the names of people I love too: “I always call you darling.” 

Olivia Colman (second from left in Fleabag) 

6.  “I’m going to open it over the bin.”Another zinger from Colman, about her wedding gift. Also very practical. 

7. It looks like they’ve got one of those fridges with the ice dispenser in the door. My dream.

8. This snog between Fleabag and the vicar is so HOT!

9. “I don’t know what this feeling is.” “Is it God or is it me?” I really, really hope it’s Fleabag the priest is feeling these feelings about.

10. “It was your baby’s way of saying it didn’t want you as a father.” Give it to him, Claire. Give Martin everything he deserves.

11. “Whoever had a miscarriage, could you take it to the kitchen please?” I’m laughing, but also not. 

Brett Gelman in Fleabag

12. I wonder if they borrowed those chic glasses they’re drinking from? Or do they just have that many champagne saucers at home?

13. I definitely once dated someone who gave me this speech: “I am not a bad guy, I just have a bad personality. It’s not my fault some people are just born with fucked personalities.”

14. I must say I agree. I think Jake’s bassoon is a cry for help.

15. I love that Claire always speaks in the same measured, resigned tone of voice. Even when she’s on her knees on a cold hard floor begging her husband to leave her.

16. Imagine having a garden big enough that you could get married in it. Would I get married in my own garden if I could? 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bill Paterson in Fleabag

17. Fleabag holding down her skirt while climbing the ladder to the loft is particularly relatable.

16. “I love you, but I’m not sure I like you all the time.” OUCH! Don’t say that to your daughter, man.

17. “I think you know how to love better than any of us. That’s why you find it so painful.” I can’t tell if she thinks that’s accurate or she’s dismissing her dad.

18. That flower arch they’re getting married under is delightful.

19. Does her dad actually have a name? Or is he just called Dad? Hang on, Olivia Colman’s character doesn’t have a name either, does she? Or the priest. Whoah! How have I only just realised all this? This is blowing my mind. 

20. Why are both the daughters sat so near the back of the wedding? 

Sian Clifford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. 

21. I totally agree with Claire that ‘running through the airport kind of love’ is impractical. You can’t get through security without a boarding pass. And who on earth wants to buy a dummy ticket??

22. This makes me want to call my sister and tell her she’s the only person I’d run though an airport for.

21. “Love is awful. It’s awful. It’s painful. Frightening. It makes you doubt yourself. Judge yourself. Distance yourself from other people in your life. Makes you selfish. Makes you creepy. Makes you obsessed with your hair. Makes you cruel. Makes you say and do things you never thought you would do. It’s all any of us wants and it’s hell when we get there. So no wonder it’s something we don’t want to do on our own…. I was taught if we’re born with love it’s all about finding the right place to put it. That when it feels right, it’s easy. I’m not sure that’s true. It takes strength to know what’s right. And love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a hell of a lot of hope. I think what they mean is when you find somebody that you love, it feels like hope.” My heart. Oh my poor Monday night heart. 

22. “Bye father.” “Bye father.” Excellent as ever, Fleabag. 

Andrew Scott in Fleabag

23. Fleabag’s happy smile when she sees the priest is soothing me.  

24. “The worst thing is I fucking love you.” OH NO. Tell her you love her too, Andrew Scott. You do, don’t you?

25. “You’re never allowed in my church again… I love you too.” I knew he loved her. But what does it mean? Can they be together? What is next for her? This is too much. Why will I never find out?

26. A fox. Very good.

27. Please put that statue of your mum back in your bag, Fleabag. It’s not safe to walk round London with a valuable statue in your hand.

28. Her little wave to the camera is the best. So perfect. 

Fleabag series two is on iPlayer now and streams on Amazon Prime Video in the US from 17 May. 

Images: BBC One 

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