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The new 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People has wowed viewers with its emotional retelling of Connell Waldron (played by Paul Mescal) and Marianne Sheridan’s (Daisy Edgar-Jones) romance. However, the ending left many fans bereft as it seemed to indicate the pair had split for good. Now an unearthed earlier short story by Rooney seems to hint there is much more to their tale.
Did Marianne and Connell get back together?
Both the television adaptation and Rooney’s book Normal People ends with Marianne and Connell going their separate ways.
In the highly emotional final moments, Marianne urged Connell to take his place on a prestigious creative writing course in New York, while she vowed to stay behind in Ireland.
While the pair had split before, the ending seemed to be the final nail in their relationship.
Fans will remember how Connell told her “I’ll go” before Marianne replied: “And I’ll stay, and we’ll be okay.”
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However, some viewers may have been wondering what might have happened to the pair afterward.
And actually it seems Rooney has already revealed their fate in her short story At The Clinic.
Published in 2016 in literary journal The White Review, the vignette follows Marianne and Connell when they are 23-years-old.
They are back living in the same city as Connell takes Marianne to the dentist to have her wisdom tooth removed.
The pair are both in separate relationships at the start of the story but it is revealed they slept together a few weeks prior.
By the end of Rooney’s tale, both are single and it feels like they are on the precipice of romance once again.
In fact, the story reveals the pair have fallen back into their on-and-off again dynamic seen through much of the series.
While this story was actually written before Normal People, it does seem to hint at their lives after Connell returns from New York.
This is because he leaves at the end of their time at Trinity College Dublin when they are about 21 or 22-years-old.
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Here, readers meet the pair again at the age of 23, which could be when Connell returned from his one-year master’s degree.
However, it is not clear whether viewers will ever see this story depicted on screens.
This is because one of the executive producers Ed Guiney has revealed they are not yet working on another season.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “We’re not thinking about a second season at the moment.
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“Maybe in the future at some point in time. What we are doing is the same team are adapting Conversations with Friends, which is Sally’s first book.
“Obviously, [it] is a cousin of Normal People in a way, but it’s also quite different.
“We’re actively developing that and Lenny’s going to direct the opening episodes of that again, and that’s very exciting and a lovely thing to be working on during the lockdown.”
In the meantime, fans can read Rooney’s short story about Marianne and Connell in full on The White Review website.
Normal People is available in full on BBC iPlayer now.
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