‘I can’t believe you just did that.’ In the first moments of the last episode, ever, of Fleabag, this is what she says. Throughout this transcendental second series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has made her audience think that, too. With every speech, twist, flinch, glance, shrug, shiver – we can’t believe so much of what’s been created, in a world so specifically hers, but that’s touched so much of ours. The answer to her admission? ‘I know.’ This is the beginning of the end, nobody can deny it.
Goodbye hurts the most when you know the people saying it have every right to move on, because they’re finally ready. Fleabag was in a completely different place when we first met. We were sold a witty, cynical portrait of a 21st-century woman, who’d been through the wars and offered all her ugly feelings for us to quote, repackage and hashtag into oblivion.