Fleabag returned with its second and final season this month, and as much as it pains me to say it, the Amazon series is wrapped up beautifully. Writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge did an incredible job showing the growth, frailty, and depth of not just Fleabag herself but the other lead characters as well (yes, even Martin).
As far as the soundtrack goes, most of what we hear throughout season two is dramatic, sweeping choral music, which pairs nicely with the will-they-or-won't-they romance Fleabag has with The Priest (played expertly by Andrew Scott). The music was actually written and composed by Waller-Bridge's older sister, Isobel, but the show turned to something more contemporary for its tearjerking final scene.
After sharing a sweet moment with Dad at his wedding to Godmother and urging her sister Claire to profess her love for a coworker, Fleabag is waiting at the bus stop to go home. She's joined by The Priest, who earlier gave an energetic and heartfelt wedding sermon about falling in love; they both acknowledge that he was referring to his relationship with God in the speech, and not her. Fleabag finally lets herself be vulnerable enough to tell him that she loves him ("Let's just leave that out there for a second on its own," she adds), and after he says it back, she understandably breaks down into tears.
"I've been having me a real hard time / But it feels so nice, to know I'm gonna be alright"
The Priest decides to walk home, leaving Fleabag at the bus stop by herself, clutching the bronze statue that she stole from Godmother (for a second time, after learning that it was inspired by her late mother). It's during this moment that we hear "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes, from their acclaimed 2015 album Sound & Color. Listening to the lyrics feels eerily poignant as you consider what Fleabag has been through; she's spent the last few years grieving both her mom and best friend, Boo, and using unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with the pain. But in season two, she's making strides, trying to hold her tongue, and generally getting her sh*t together. As she walks away from the camera (and all of us) while Brittany Howard croons, "I've been having me a real hard time / But it feels so nice, to know I'm gonna be alright," it actually feels like the rest of us will be, too.