Amazon was surely optimistic about Fleabag’s chances at the Emmy’s, but it couldn’t have anticipated the level of success it had.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag stole the show at the Emmy’s Sunday night. The series, which originally aired on the BBC but has been streamed internationally by Amazon, won 4/5 Emmy’s it was nominated for.
The well-received second season took home Best Comedy Series, with Waller-Bridge winning for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series AND Writing for a Comedy Series. The 34-year-old budding star became the first person since 30 Rock’s Tina Fey to win an Emmy for both acting and writing in the same year.
Adding to the show’s amazing night, Fleabag’s Harry Bradbeer won Best Director for a Comedy Series. Fleabag’s only “defeat’ was in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category. The show had two nominations in Olivia Coleman and Sian Clifford, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Alex Borstein came out on top.
For Fleabag fans that have remained optimistic about the possibility of a third season, Waller-Bridge didn’t provide any additional hope. She had already indicated that another season was unlikely to be in the cards, and her remarks at the Emmy’s might have been the nail in the coffin.
"“This just feels like the most beautiful, beautiful way to say goodbye to it,” Waller-Bridge said. “It does feel nice to go out on a high. You can’t get higher than this.”"
On the one hand, the show’s Emmy’s success could be considered a reason it needs to keep making more seasons. How can Waller-Bridge stop making something that’s clearly such an impressive piece of television, right? But on the other hand, she seems to feel that this is the perfect time to stop, as she and the show would be going out on top.
Even if Fleabag doesn’t come back, this doesn’t mean fans will have seen the last of Waller-Bridge. She is showing no indication of slowing down and seems to simply be moving on to other projects.