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The Ending Of Ginny And Georgia Season 2 Explained

The popular Netflix series "Ginny and Georgia" is back for a second season. This means audiences can finally see what will happen after the shocking ending of Season 1. With Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and Austin (Diesel La Torraca) riding off on Marcus' (Felix Mallard) motorcycle, as Georgia (Brianne Howey) celebrates her new fiancé Paul's (Scott Porter) reelection, anything is possible for the show's sophomore outing.

The second season gives more insight into Georgia's past and sends several characters on journeys of self-discovery. As the teens work through issues with their mental health, love lives, and personal lives, Georgia tries to leave her past behind. However, that's a bit difficult to do when there's a private investigator, an ex-boyfriend, and her almost-husband all living in the same town, all wanting to know who the real Georgia is.

As the season come to a close, some characters grow for the better, some get left behind, and others are unable to outrun their actions as the town comes together at a wedding. Does Ginny work through her issues with her mother? Can Georgia stay under the radar? Let's break down everything you need to know about where each character's journey ends, if questions from Season 1 receive answers, and what that last-minute event could mean for everyone's future.

Marcus is getting on track

Over the course of Season 2, audiences watch as Marcus falls deeper into the abyss. While he and Ginny quickly reconnect after she returns from Zion's place, he seems to be in a funk as time goes on. He turns to drinking to cope. Viewers learn that this isn't the first time Marcus has dealt with a bout of depression, and that his family is helping him throughout it.

Season 2, Episode 8 is the first episode with someone other than Ginny or Georgia as the narrator. Marcus narrates how he's feeling, describing it as trying to get into a room but being unable to walk through the door. This provides much-needed representation of men's mental health in media, while giving fans a look into the mind of a popular character.

The shift in narrator, combined with how Marcus and Ginny leave things at the end of the season, hint at what audiences may be in for if there's a third season. Marcus is on medication, and he and Ginny are friends though they still care for each other deeply. After his Season 2 journey, Max's twin could go two ways: continue to struggle to get into the room or make it through the door. It's likely, based on his attempts to bum alcohol off Joe during the wedding reception, that Marcus may struggle more before he overcomes this bout of depression.

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Abby's body dysmorphia takes a turn

When audiences meet Abby (Katie Douglas) in Season 1, she is using tape to wrap her thighs before putting on jeans. That continues in Season 2, with Press commenting that he could feel the tape and calling her "whale legs." After hearing Samantha throwing up in the bathroom in the final episode, it seems Abby's actions are escalating. Rather than just trying to modify her appearance with tape, the scene alludes to her making herself throw up as another way to control her body size.

While other characters go through self-reflection or receive help for their issues, Abby is put on the back burner in Season 2. She continues to spiral, skipping school to smoke, with no one acknowledging how much she is struggling with her parents' divorce or that they are seeing other people. Like Marcus, the actions of one-fourth of MANG (Max-Abby-Norah-Ginny) are likely to get worse before anyone intervenes.

One of the major themes of the season is recovery, with Marcus trying to work through his depression and Ginny seeing a therapist. Nearly everyone goes on a journey of self-discovery but Abby. While her friends work through their issues, she is left to handle her pain alone. Hopefully, she is given the same chance in future episodes.

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Gabriel reveals his real identity

Since Season 1, private investigator Gabriel (Alex Mallari Jr.) has been tailing Georgia, trying to prove she is involved in her ex-husband Kenny's death. Kenny's ex-wife wants to get her hands on the money from the will, but can only do that if Georgia had something to do with his death. While in town, Gabriel disguises himself as Jesse, a third grade teacher, who dates Georgia's coworker and friend Nick (Daniel Beirne). At the end of Season 2, he reveals who he is to Nick and that he's investigating Georgia. 

With Gabriel's identity out in the open, and Georgia arrested for the crime that audiences probably weren't expecting, the tone of the show is going to change. Instead of hiding in the shadows, Gabriel can be honest with everyone, sharing everything he knows about the new mayoress to anyone that will listen. This will drastically change the dynamic between everyone in future episodes.

As Georgia is arrested at her own wedding, Gabriel finally has the upper hand. She is always one step ahead of him, and this time he nails her for a crime she probably isn't thinking about or even realizes is on his radar. Georgia has always been in control of the situation, and with the arrest that's out the window. The power has officially shifted. Depending on where another season picks up, this shift will result in severe repercussions for Georgia, Ginny, Austin, and Paul.

Georgia comes clean to Paul about (nearly) everything

After hiding everything from everyone around her, Georgia finally comes clean at the end of Season 2. She admits almost everything she's ever done to Paul, outlines the money she's embezzled from the city, confesses that she killed Kenny, and so much more. While she leaves a bit out, what she reveals is enough to send Paul out of the house.

This is a huge moment for Georgia. She has never been completely open with someone, not even her own kids. She always keeps a part of herself behind a lock and key, trying to protect herself if she has to run. Her confiding in Paul is a turning point for her. She has finally found someone that she wants to open up to and make herself vulnerable to, no matter what his response and actions could be, even if she doesn't share her role in Tom Fuller's passing.

However, this could be short-lived. With the revelation that she still hasn't shared everything with Paul, Georgia may once again be in hot water and close herself off to the world. From an audience perspective, she is honest and Paul accepts this, only for her to be arrested for something she kept from everyone. What starts as one step forward becomes three steps back, since she not only has to explain to her new husband that she is still keeping something from him, but it's something she could serve time for.

Gil is gone, for now

Season 2 introduces Gil (Aaron Ashmore), Austin's father. He's out of jail and now knows where they live because Ginny sent all of Austin's letters at the end of Season 1. He is manipulative, convincing Austin to keep his arrival in town a secret from his mother and sister, only to appear on Christmas and rock the boat. It's clear he wants full custody of Austin and he will do anything he can to get it, especially if it means ruining Georgia's life.

After Georgia reveals most of her secrets to Paul, it looks like Gil can't hurt her anymore; his one piece of leverage is gone. Paul takes this one step further by threatening Austin's father with legal action if he continues to harass Georgia. This seems to scare Gil off.

However, with Georgia's arrest, Gil could make his way back and continue his efforts to gain custody of Austin. Her arrest gives him leverage to claim she isn't a fit parent, especially if she's found guilty of murdering her son's new friend's father. This turn of events sets up an avenue for Gil to return and be even more of a problem than before. 

Flashbacks throughout Season 2 show how Gil and Georgia's relationship was before he went to jail. They give critical insight into who Gil is and the lengths he's willing to go. Chances are that audiences haven't seen the last, or worst, of Gil.

Austin is growing up

While Ginny and Georgia are both on paths to self-discovery this season, Austin is on a different journey. In Season 1, Austin is still very much a child, wearing his "Harry Potter" glasses and having a child's innocence. That's taken away from him in Season 2. After his father returns, Austin makes difficult choices, like hiding his dad's presence from his mom and deciding who to protect when Gil starts pushing Georgia around.

In Episode 9, Austin loses his childhood forever when he shoots his father in the arm. He's scared and trying to protect Georgia, but his actions take away his innocence. Season 2 sees Austin stop wearing the "Harry Potter" glasses at times, the most notable instance being the wedding. After shooting his father and witnessing his mother kill Tom Fuller, he will never be just a child again. As Austin runs after the police car taking his mother to the station, confused because he didn't tell anyone what he saw his mother do, whatever is left of his innocence and childhood disappears for good.

This shift shows what a complicated childhood does to the child in question. This happens to Ginny before audiences even meet her in Season 1, though it reaches a new level when she finds out about everything her mother has been hiding at the end of the first season. While Austin knows some of it, there are still things being kept from him — like Georgia stealing his identity.

Joe will never be over Georgia

The owner of the Blue Farm Café, Joe (Raymond Ablack) is a businessman who knows what he wants. However, he can't have it. It's been clear since Season 1 that his teenage interaction with Georgia left a mark on him, and their finding each other again means something to Joe. Audiences watch as he spends Season 2 going on dates and having a short-lived fling with Cynthia Fuller (Sabrina Grdevich). But as he tries to convince himself to go into the wedding reception, one thing is obvious: he will never get over Georgia Miller.

This sets an interesting tone for a third season. With Georgia's arrest, there's a high chance the town finds out about her indiscretions with the town's money and the other crimes she's committed, even if Gabriel can't prove she's behind them. Joe doesn't know about any of it. Will his feelings change with the revelation that she is capable of murder? Or will he be the only one who understands that she did what she thought she had to do?

The season also gives audiences several flashbacks to Joe's teen years after meeting Georgia. Viewers watch as he sells test answers and sets his bully up to take the fall in one fell swoop. It shows that he and Georgia may be more similar than we thought, and that there is plenty more to Joe than meets the eye, a common theme in "Ginny and Georgia."

Georgia will never be over Zion

Zion (Nathan Mitchell) and Georgia's romance comes up regularly in "Ginny and Georgia." As Ginny's father, Zion has always been in her life, though there are stints where she didn't see him because of his job. Season 2 sees Zion make strides in his romantic relationships, starting something serious with someone as he settles into an apartment near his kid. However, it's clear that Georgia can't leave him behind that easily, even after all the time that's passed.

The chemistry between Ginny's parents is undeniable. Anytime they are around each other it seems like the audience is thrown back in time. They almost rekindle their romantic relationship in Season 1, but this changes when Paul proposes. Despite that, it's clear from Georgia's stolen glances that Zion will always be someone she's in love with, even if she believes they can't be together.

This reinforces the theme of first love that permeates Season 2. Ginny is working through her first love and heartbreak, and Zion is Georgia's first love. Her continued feelings may act as a parallel for Ginny and Marcus. Ginny watches as her mother continues to interact and be a bit more than friendly with her first love, and Ginny mirrors that, immediately trying to be friends with Marcus just a day after they break up. Though she wants to be there for him in a time of need, she's copying what she knows. 

Max may have found love (again)

Max's (Sara Waisglass) journey in Season 1 is about trying to find love. That hasn't changed in Season 2, but the show's resident proud lesbian goes about it in a different way. While she spends the first half of the season being mad at Ginny and Abby, the second half is all about her going through an important voyage of self-realization. 

The spunky teen tends to make everything about herself. This changes in Season 2 as she realizes that her friends are going through very real problems and need her support, instead of making every conversation about her own issues. As she struggles to get over Sophie, she comes to realize there is a healthier way to experience heartbreak and bounce back, especially after they meet up for coffee.

This lightbulb going off for Max is an underrated moment of the season. Though overshadowed by Georgia and Ginny's journeys, what Max accomplishes will make her a better friend and help her grow into a better person. She learns to set boundaries for herself, how to navigate her issues while supporting her friends, and that falling fast isn't always the best for her mental health. This is important character development that she needs to continue to be relevant in a series that focuses on personal growth.

Ginny, despite everything, is in a better place mentally

As Season 2 begins, Ginny is in the lowest place audiences have seen so far. She is self-harming with a lighter and is struggling to understand her mother's actions. When she comes home, she starts attending therapy, though she keeps it a secret from Georgia. She is on her way to working through her mental health struggles.

Her therapist provides several coping techniques for Ginny, all of which she uses. Despite Georgia crashing an appointment, the sessions are helping Ginny. She stops self-harming, though there are several occasions when she's tempted. Even when she's incredibly hurt over her breakup with Marcus, she doesn't turn to the lighter. This growth and healing are exactly what Ginny needs after the revelations at the end of Season 1.

However, this could all change with her mother's arrest. Ginny thinks her mother told her everything, but that isn't the case. This could cause a breakdown between them again, especially if Georgia is behind bars. The trust that Ginny reestablishes is gone, and it may be for good this time. How she reacts to this new information will indicate whether she continues on her path of healing or if she slips back into dangerous coping mechanisms.

Georgia may actually go to jail this time

Season 2 is a turning point for Georgia in many ways. She establishes a better line of communication with her children and continues to try and put her past behind her, but it is all in vain as she falls into old habits. From covering up a shooting in her own home to pulling the plug on Tom, Georgia hasn't changed her stripes, as much as she wants to convince herself she has.

Her confidence in her ability to get away with high-profile crimes finally catches up with her. After telling Gabriel that he will never get her on Kenny's death, the private investigator goes another route and she's arrested during her wedding reception for killing Cynthia's husband. While this is arguably her most "selfless" action of the season, it doesn't make it legal.

Georgia is now at an all-time low. While other characters are growing into new, better versions of themselves, Georgia hasn't, despite her best efforts. Her willingness to kill Tom proves that. She now has to crawl her way out of the hole she dug herself, but it's unclear who will be waiting for her on the surface. She continues to hurt those she cares about by keeping secrets, and she can't hide behind them anymore. Even though she is trying to maintain their plausible deniability in it all, it's too late. Her arrest shows that there are repercussions for every action, even if they are delayed.