After Life season 2 ending explained: What happened at the end?

After Life season two dropped on Netflix yesterday (Friday, April 24). Fans have been binge-watching the entire series after more than one year of waiting and others are desperate to know how the new series ended. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

What happened at the end of After Life season 2?

As expected, After Life season two was an emotional roller-coaster, to say the least.

The series began with Tony (played by Ricky Gervais) still grieving the loss of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman).

At the beginning of the series, Tony had vowed to keep living and said he was slowly getting better at dealing with his grief.

However, quite quickly, his attempts to “be more zen” began to crumble, as he struggled to cope with his loss.

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The entire series saw Tony experience several highs and lows as he tried to move on with his life.

In the penultimate episode, Tony was dealt another huge personal loss. His father, Ray (David Bradley) passed away.

Ray had been diagnosed with dementia and was living in a care home.

Tony explained to his colleagues he had accepted his father’s death a long time ago and had visited him every day since his diagnosis.

Surprisingly, Tony seemed to be just about coping with his loss.

However, in the final episode, Tony was struggling with the loss of his wife and father.

He was also confused with the feelings he had for his father’s nurse, Emma (Ashley Jensen), who said she did not want to continue to see Tony as he was not ready for a relationship.

Tony, on the other hand, wanted to continue to spend time with Emma and explained to her he wanted to take things slowly.

Sadly, Emma ultimately rejected him, moments after his father’s funeral was over.

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In an incredibly emotional and intense final scene, Tony was seconds from taking his own life.

He watched a video of his wife Lisa had made for him before she died, in which she says good night to him.

Tony was left absolutely heartbroken and distraught watching the clip and after saying good night to his wife, he was seconds away from taking an overdose.

Thankfully, Emma changed her mind and turned up at Tony’s door at the right time, completely unaware that she had just prevented Tony from attempting suicide.

She said, “I’ll take groundhog day” confessing she wanted to give the relationship a go.

The series ended on a bittersweet cliffhanger, with Tony smiling and inviting Emma into his home.

Elsewhere in the episode, Anne (Dame Penelope Wilton) and newspaper boss Paul (Peter Egan) were seen walking through the graveyard chatting, after Tony introduced them at the community centre’s drama show.

Postman Pat and Roxy (Roisin Conaty) were also seen sitting together drinking coffee and fans were over the moon to learn they were continuing to date.

Tony’s brother-in-law, Matt (Tom Basden) marriage had been on the rocks throughout the first two seasons of After Life, but he and his wife had managed to rekindle their relationship.

Viewers have taken to Twitter to discuss the season two ending.

One fan wrote: “After Life season 2 was everything the first season was and so much more…ahh and that ending.. If you’re looking for an honest and heartful series on the human experience with sadness I request you to watch it.”

A second fan said: “I cried like 100 times binge-watching the after life season 2 the ending though! F***ing helllllll Ricky Gervais is one amazing actor! What a guy.”

A third fan commented: “Season 2 of After Life finished already! Every episode filled with raw emotion interspersed with just the right amount of humour and happiness… utterly brilliant, I’ve just about stopped crying my eyes out at the ending, unbelievable series @rickygervais #AfterLife2”

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Will there be another series of After Life?

At the moment, Netflix has not confirmed a third series of After Life.

The second series of the dark comedy only dropped on Netflix yesterday (Friday, March 24) so it is still very early days for a renewal to be confirmed.

However, Gervais who created, wrote and starred in the series as the lead character Tony, has revealed he would be interested in doing a third series.

Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, he said: “For the first time ever I would do a season three because the world is so rich.

“I love the characters, I love all the actors in it, I love my character, I love the town, I love the themes.

“I love the dog! So I would do a third!”

He continued: “But it’s got to be a real demanded-for encore. I’m not going to just do it.”

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

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