Now that season two of This Life has come to a dramatic close, you might be left feeling hopeful, empathic, sad, resigned, optimistic, and/or inspired. Bows were tied and seeds were planted. Fireworks exploded, both literally and dramatically. The only thing that’s certain now is that, well, nothing is certain. That’s why, in the wake of this season’s finale, we at This Life thought it’d be therapeutic to ask some burning questions.
1. Could Matthew commit to Nicole’s alternative relationship idea?
Nicole laid a bombshell on Matthew’s lap in the season finale. Does she still love him? Yes. Can she ever trust him? No. Is she ready to have him back in her life again? Kind of. Nicole’s entire season has been spent discovering what she wants out of life. Basically, there’s no going back to who she was and they aren’t going back to what they had. Will Matthew and Nicole be able to forge whatever you want to call this potential relationship into something more fulfilling?
2. How good can Romy’s Spanish get?
Now that David’s asked Romy to stay with him and his second family back in Argentina, how will migrating south for a while affect the way Romy sees the world? This season has seen Romy making her own way in adult land, using her drawing and graphic design skills. She’s hit walls along the way, sure, but she’s also discovered that she’s capable of a lot more than she thinks. It’s clear that what Romy needs right now is to explore a different side of herself. When she returns to Montreal, how will Natalie’s youngest apply what she’s learned into art school and family life?
3. Will Emma ever pass her driving test?
Emma has always been pegged with a degree of normalcy, in that the issues she faces are somewhat universal. This season she grappled with her transforming identity. She lied to Miranda, her clothing boutique co-worker, to the point where lines about what was real and what wasn’t started to blur. She still might not know who she truly is, but damn if Emma doesn’t know who she’s not. Will Emma be able to translate her newfound confidence and vulnerability into something more productive, whether it be by passing a driver’s test or by being more supportive of her mother, in good times and bad?
4. What’s in store for Caleb now that he’s invested in another family?
Caleb’s been on the periphery for the latter half of the season, attempting to distance himself from the impossible pressures of home. Instead, he channeled his need to be useful into a flood relief effort that saw him bring back more baggage than he left with. Now that he’s helping Laroux raise Elyse at Natalie’s, will Caleb be capable of balancing the needs of his sick mother and younger sisters with the responsibilities of being an actual father?
5. How will Janine’s passing reverberate through Gerald and co. moving forward?
Still in shock? So are the Lawsons, who will continue to struggle through the aftermath of losing their family matriarch in Janine. More specifically, Gerald and Oliver will have to work together to pick up the pieces, both financial and emotional following her passing. How do you live a normal life after losing the person you’ve spent most of your adult life loving?
6. Is Maggie capable of keeping her arms-length marriage from falling apart?
Maggie’s in love for the first time but she’s also made a commitment not to be. Therein lies the issue. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, Maggie’s promised to push her emotions deep deep down so as to not compromise Raza’s chances of getting spousal sponsorship. Sure, she’s at risk of serious jail time and he’s at risk of being deported but a promise is a promise! Will Maggie be able to fully commit to this faux relationship? Is Raza on his way to getting full citizenship? ‘Till death do they part, maybe.
7. Will Oliver be able to pick up the pieces and allow JD to help?
Oliver’s found a new partner in the form of a very attractive paramedic. He’s struggled of late, losing control to bipolar disorder but now he’s back on his meds and starting to repair the damage he’s left behind. Enter JD, one of the paramedics on call after his mother’s passing. Things between them have gotten very serious very quickly as the rest of the Lawsons continue to treat Oliver with kid gloves. After a bump in the road, Oliver seems like he’s ready to open up to someone but will his art and hard headed independence get in the way?
8. Is Natalie out of options?
The big question we’re left with after season two is where does Natalie go from here? She’s been bounced out of the trial and is now made to stick with more standard forms of care. The type of care that’s made to prolong life, rather than cure it. Does this mean it’s the end of the road? Have her priorities completely shifted towards living for herself, rather than living for the rest of her family? Plus, now that a new man is potentially in the picture, will she have someone to help buoy her through the trials and tribulations to come?
Have any theories? Be sure to comment on what you think the Lawsons future looks like.
I'm Max Morin, Junior Writer, Story Coordinator and your official insider for all things THIS LIFE.