Spoilers for The Sex Lives of College Girls below.
The Sex Lives of College Girls is coming back soon. The irreverent but likeable comedy from producer Mindy Kaling and showrunner Justin Noble was renewed for a second season on HBO Max just days before the Season 1 finale last December.
“We’re excited that this comedic, honest portrayal of the college condition is resonating for everyone, whether they had sex in college or not,” HBO’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see where these uniquely complex yet recognizable characters will go.”
TSLOCG premiered on November 18, 2021 and became an instant hit, the biggest launch of an original comedy on HBO Max in 2021. In fact, the series is reaching “new platform heights every week,” according to the streamer. No wonder the show was revamped so quickly.
Now that Season 1 is over, we’re gathering details about what’s to come as we wait for the new season.
When will season 2 premiere?
We don’t have to wait long! The Sex Lives of College Girls returns for its second season on Thursday, November 17 on HBO Max. The streamer even released the first trailer to celebrate the date announcement.
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Who’s in the cast?
The comedy follows four roommates at the fictional Essex College as they navigate campus, sex, identity and friendships during their freshman year. Stars Pauline Chalamet (Kimberly), Amrit Kaur (Bela), Reneé Rapp (Leighton) and Alyah Chanelle Scott (Whitney) will likely return, but it’s unclear if we’ll see more returning cast members like Midori Francis (Alicia) and Lauren Spencer ( Jocelyn).
Gavin Leatherwood, who plays Nico, will not be returning to the show, he told Us Weekly. (A source also confirmed the news to TVLine.) “There’s a season 2, but I’m not going back,” Leatherwood said. He added that he was “lucky to do the first season” but that he is “deviating and going in a different direction”. The actor continued: “It was such an incredible experience. I think Mindy is brilliant and the cast, everyone is nice. But with so many great opportunities out there, we want to keep spreading our wings and lead ourselves to other projects, so that’s the move.”
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Speaking to ELLE.com in November 2021, the cast talked about how important it was to be part of a show that portrays the sex lives of young women in an honest light, with all its awkwardness, imperfections and sometimes humorous moments.
“It’s about the mess, especially at that age — everyone sorts it out, it’s clunky,” Chalamet said. “I mean, few people know their bodies exactly and what they like. I think there’s room with these characters to explore further what that means for them.”
“We’re just breaking that stigma,” Scott added. “There is no shame. You are in the period of your life where you should be exploring your sexuality and what you like and dislike. And that’s what you could just see us doing.” Stay tuned for more.
What will it be about?
Season 2 starts “right after the Thanksgiving break of their freshman year of college. And then this season will take us right through to the end of that freshman year,” showrunner Justin Noble told Entertainment Weekly. Kaling also teased that parts of the story will take place during a northeastern winter, so expect “a lot of coats, a lot of snow,” she added.
While we don’t have any definitive plot details, the Season 1 finale offers some clues as to what comes next. Let’s summarize, shall we?
Bela leaves The Catullan, an exclusive on-campus comedy group. After she and fellow members are able to kick out one of the co-editors for sexually abusing her and another woman at the club, she realizes that the sexism and toxicity in the group continues even when he’s gone. Other female members of The Catullan also leave and want to start a new group with Bela.
“Opening the door to a world where Bela is doing something she loves, but now with female cohorts, seems really exciting to us. But as you can imagine, that could of course come with some new challenges that will be presented to her,” Noble told TVLine.
Are sparks flying between her and Eric (another co-editor played by Mekki Leeper)? All Noble says is that “a seed has been planted” for next season. He later added to EW, “I think Bela might be ready to get into a relationship.”
Whitney candidly tells her mother about her former affair with her married coach, Dalton, and they reach a new level of trust in their relationship. Now Whitney has moved on with another man, Canaan (Chris Meyer), who could be explored more next season. “I love seeing them together. Aliyah [Chanelle Scott] and Chris [Meyer] are just so fantastic, and the screen just loves them together. So hopefully better things are on the horizon for Whitney, romantically and in every other way,” Noble added to TVLine.
He confirmed to EW that season 2 will “pick up their relationship where it was. And then a big part of her journey through season 2 will sort of figure out what happens when football season is over.
Leighton’s relationship with Alicia ends (Alicia says she can’t date someone who is still in the closet), leaving her heartbroken. When Kimberly finds her in bed crying, Leighton approaches her and reveals that no one else knows. Her journey in season 2 is still being worked out. “Will it [her sexuality] be a secret between the two that the other two roommates don’t know about? Will Leighton jump out of the closet with two feet? That remains to be seen,” said Noble.
“We will continue much of Leighton’s journey to coming out,” he later confirmed to EW.
And finally, Kimberly is not expelled from school for cheating on her exam, but her scholarship has been revoked, meaning she has to find a way to pay an extra $23,000 per semester to stay in Essex. That will be difficult, as her family is short on cash. “It leaves her in a lot of trouble,” Noble explained. “We’re going to have to see now that we’re lucky enough to keep her story going, how she’s going to get out of that hole.”
Season 2 deals with the highly recognizable issue of student debt and loans through Kimberly’s story, Noble told Entertainment Weekly. “So Kimberly will have quite a bit to do with that, figuring out how to fix her problem.”
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde now.
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