Does Normal People Have The Same TV Ending As The Sally Rooney Book?

25 June 2020, 16:24 | Updated: 25 June 2020, 16:26

Does Normal People TV show have the same ending as the book?
Does Normal People TV show have the same ending as the book? Picture: Sally Rooney Normal People/Hulu

The TV adaptation of 'Normal People' has took over everyone's lives with Connell and Marianne's intense love affair- but is the ending of the series the same as Sally Rooney's book? Obviously, some spoilers lie ahead...

Normal People, starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, has had a nation of people in their feelings ever since it aired on iPlayer in the UK and Hulu across the pond, and a lot of fans are desperate to know if the book has the same ending as the series.

Many already knew the plot as they'd read the international bestselling book written by Sally Rooney when it was released in 2018.

For those who haven't read it; is the ending in the TV series of Normal People the same as the book?

Previous readers of the cry-fest will know the show stuck incredibly close to the original storyline, including the characters' resemblance and overall moody feel.

At the end of the book, Connell lands a place on Cornell University's Master's programme in New York just after making things official with Marianne, breaking the news to her he has to leave for at least a year, whilst she is set on staying in Ireland.

Connell and Marianne's love story in 'Normal People' has taken the nation by storm
Connell and Marianne's love story in 'Normal People' has taken the nation by storm. Picture: Normal People/ Hulu/ BBC IPlayer

Despite promising she's the only one for him, she doesn't want him to make any promise he might not be able to keep, so once again, their future is left uncertain.

We're so exhausted from reaching for the tissue box, we'd almost appreciate a sequel just to comfort us in the knowledge they lived happily ever after, but realistically, we know that isn't the book's style!

Paul Mescal and Diasy Edgar-Jones play Connell and Marianne in 'Normal People'
Paul Mescal and Diasy Edgar-Jones play Connell and Marianne in 'Normal People'. Picture: Normal People/ Hulu

The ending of the TV series keeps closely to the ending of the novel, so it's pretty much a cliff hanger, and we're sorry to say there is no second novel, or whisper of a second series (which would undoubtedly need Sally Rooney's permission and touch!)

BBC are however working on a TV adaption of Rooney's debut novel, Conversations with Friends, which we're sure will be just as much of a hit on-screen.

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