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Hailee Steinfeld is absolutely charming as young writer Emily Dickinson. Does 'Dickinson' deserve a season 2?

‘Dickinson’ season 2: Is the comedy show worth bingewatching now?

Though the famous 1800s poet Emily Dickinson was a renowned hermit, many believe she lived a life filled with beauty, excitement, and the passion to follow her dreams. The Apple TV+ series Dickinson is dedicated to retelling her life story. The first season of the series was released in 2019 and was followed by season 2 in 2021. Have you been wondering if Dickinson season 2 is worth checking out? Here’s a look into the series.

Dickinson season 2 cast

Hailee Steinfeld is absolutely charming as Emily Dickinson, fantastically portraying the role of a young writer who doesn’t take herself too seriously while also otherthinking just about everything. Ella Hunt plays the role of Sue Gilbert, Emily’s best friend, former lover, and honest poetry critic. Anna Baryshnikov plays the role of Emily’s adorable blonde-haired younger sister.

Jane Krakowski who typically takes on comedic roles in shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt & 30 Rock plays the role of Emily’s mother. Adrian Blake Enscoe plays the role of Austin Dickinson, Emily’s older brother who certainly is not her biggest fan due to a messy love triangle. The character of Death is played by rapper Wiz Khalifa who was very into taking on such an intriguing role. 

Dickinson season 2 plot

Dickinson season 2 had its fair share of high-rated episodes according to IMDb, especially one called “Spit the Lark”. The 8.6 rated episode focuses on Emily trying her best to express gratitude to her editor Sam at the opera. “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” which focuses on Emily coming to terms with being invisible to society earned an 8.7 rating. The highest-rated episode was “You Cannot put a Fire Out” which earned an 8.9.

The finale episode of Dickinson season 2 showcases Emily fighting back against Sam for ownership of her poetry. This season spends a lot of time diving into the forbidden relationship dynamics between Emily & Sue. Sue reveals to Emily that being the only critic of Emily’s poetry is becoming too much of a burden which leads Emily down the path of seeking out validation elsewhere. 

Emily spends a lot of season 2 battling her own inner thoughts over whether or not she wants to go public about her writing. If she chooses anonymity, her creativity freely flows. If she chooses notoriety, the temptation of being immortalized forever begins to creep in. Emily’s conversations with Death continue to grow more profound each time. Her view on spirituality deepens throughout the course of the second season also.

Dickinson season 2 cliffhangers

The second season ends with Emily claiming to only ever write poetry for Sue, even though Sue is married to her brother Austin. Will that still be the case entering into season 3. The season also ends with the Civil War looming ahead. Chances are, they’re going to dive into the seriousness & intensity of the war in season 3. 

The Abolitionist newspaper that was secretly being printed was touched on season 2. More details on that are sure to come as well.

So . . . is it worth watching?

Dickinson is definitely a TV show worth bingewatching, especially with a killer season 2. With season 3 confirmed, now is the perfect time to enjoy every episode of the first two seasons. While the show is partially a comedy, seeing the historical perspective on the cherished American poet who changed the trajectory of the writing industry forever is so interesting.

The dramatized & fictional aspects give Dickinson an addictive quality. Hailee Steinfeld is the perfect choice for the titular role of Emily Dickinson because she knows how to balance silly moments with serious ones so effortlessly. 

Society has changed so much since the real Emily Dickinson was alive but her impact on the world still shines through to this very day. Getting to know someone like Emily Dickinson who lived her life so many generations ago is made possible with this excellent TV series.

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