Netflix’s ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Produces a Roller Coaster of Emotions

Zoe Robinson, Staff Writer

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The New Year brings many great things: resolutions, tax season, the end of a maybe not-so-great year. It also brings many mediocre things: the opportunity to buy a new calendar you like, getting to change the end of the dates on papers, “The End of the F***ing World,” directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak.

The show, released on Netflix the first week of this month, revolves around James and Alyssa, two confused and rebellious—and maybe a little disturbed—high schoolers played by Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden and their incredibly unique, incredibly dark young-love story.

Throughout its eight episode arc, James and Alyssa—well, just James actually—show satisfying character development subtly expressed with every new episode. James, originally only interested in murdering Alyssa to fulfill his serial killer-like tendencies, begins to show signs of affection more and more, contradicting his original theory that he had no feelings.

Alyssa, on the other hand, is just annoying the entire time.

Although the story would not be the same without her snarky little ‘tude, it was hard to tell whether she was an enjoyable character or just a nuisance.

However, whether this was the intent or not, Lawther and Barden excelled at playing their characters and bouncing their different negative energies off of each other until the last episode.

Episode eight closes with a cliffhanger that leaves the viewer shocked, frustrated and annoyed. And not in a way that leaves you on your toes and ready for the next season, but in a way that honestly makes you a little angry at the directors.

Whether there will be a season two or not has yet to be announced. Channel 4, the British television broadcast that first aired the show in October 2017, exclusively told that “no decision” has been made on the making of a second season or not.

So if you plan on tuning in anytime soon, don’t expect to get any closure.


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Netflix’s ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Produces a Roller Coaster of Emotions