'My Brilliant Friend': Season 2 will see Lila and Lenu embark on a journey of regret and redemption

As the first season of 'My Brilliant Friend' draws to a close, Lila and Lenu are entering a new chapter in their lives and things are about to go out of hand.


                            'My Brilliant Friend': Season 2 will see Lila and Lenu embark on a journey of regret and redemption

Lila took a decision which she is barely aware of and it might turn out to be the biggest mistake of her life. HBO's adaptation of the first part of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series, 'My Brilliant Friend', has been following the plight of Lila and Lenu, two best friends who are constantly competing against each other both outside and inside the class. However, the brilliantly gifted Lila had to give up on her education due to poverty, whereas Lenu went ahead to continue with her education. Starring Margherita Mazzucco (as Elena/Lenu) and Gaia Girace (as Raffaella/Lila), the Saverio Costanzo-created show is set against the dangerous but fascinating backdrop of Naples from the 1950s. 

In the seventh episode, after Lenu returned from her long summer break which came to a rather tenebrous end, she discovered that Lila had already started seeing Stefano, and by the eighth episode the two had declared their wedding. As Lila's friend, someone who always considered Lila to be far above the ordinary, Lenu could perceive Lila's sudden change in lifestyle as a strategy to launch the Cerullo Shoes, where she and her brother, Rino, designed the kinds of shoes that were not available anywhere else in Naples. Stefano Caracci had already proposed to expand the business, and with their mutual interest in the shoes, Lenu could only perceive the match as a partnership. 

Stefano was the perfect businessman who never dropped a penny where he could not get a thousand dollars from. (HBO)
Stefano was the perfect businessman who never dropped a penny where he could not get a thousand dollars from. (HBO)

However, Stefano is also the very man who had once claimed to tear out Lila's tongue. He was one of the bad ones in the neighborhood until he decided to put an end to all discriminations, and create a new comradeship among those who collectively could not stand the Solaras. Both he and Lila, since the fourth episode, have tried to amend their parents' mistakes and create something better. 'My Brilliant Friend' saw Lila finally climbing up the social ladder, not by her own virtue or hard work, but by marrying a man from the upper level of society- something that is extremely unlikely of her. 

Lila chose the escape route that wasn't expected out of her. (HBO)
Lila chose the escape route that wasn't expected out of her. (HBO)

The second season will pick up from Lila's married life, and everything that awaits her. Season 2 will be based on the second part in the series, 'The Story of A Name', and here are two things that you can expect to happen in the tiny neighborhood in Naples:

1. Lila's new home

A gifted mind with a passion to create things and earn money, Lila finally succumbed to the social norms of the mid-decades of the 1900s when women were expected to remain home and do all the work. Lila, who was the prodigy and whose fearless demeanor had even caught a man like Don Achille off-guard, gave in to marriage and is now leading a family life with Stefano. However, everything is barely the way Stefano had put them. He had portrayed himself as a man of his words, of virtue, someone who could not stand the Solaras for their illegitimate wealth, but marriage seemed to have brought out the real side of Stefano. 

Lila grows up to be someone she had never fathomed. (HBO)
Lila grows up to be someone she had never fathomed. (HBO)

Lila discovers that Stefano is not even half the man that he has been claiming to be. What is he actually planning? Is Cerullo Shoes safe in his hands? Will he protect Lila's designs or sell them off to those who Lila completely despised? 

2. Lenu, the Graduate

With Lila married off, Lenu now has all the time in the world to herself. She does go through a difficult time trying to cope with school after the long holiday in Ischia but there is another issue that Lenu has to address. Although she felt a tender fondness towards Nino Sarratore yet the encounter with his father completely changed everything. She went back home and was soon attracted to Antonio, whose calmness was refreshing. However, Lenu soon realizes that Antonio was not the man she loved and her relationship begins to go haywire when Antonio finds out that Lenu once nurtured feelings for Nino. 

What will Lenu do about her affection for Nino? (HBO)
What will Lenu do about her affection for Nino? (HBO)

Will Lenu continue to stay with Antonio or will she be able to confess her feelings to Nino? Will Antonio be able to accept the fact that if he goes on military training, Lila might fall back on Nino?

As the dingy neighborhood continues to grow with the new business, and the children take over their parents to create a brighter future for themselves. Lila and Lenu will have to embark on a journey where their friendship will be put to test with all the things that they have planned for. Nothing will come easy, and Lila and Lenu might have to take some drastic decisions to get out of the vortex.