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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Normal People.
The BBC series and Sally Rooney’s novel ended with Connell (played by Paul Mescal) being offered the chance to study on a writing course in New York. The pair are a couple again at this point but despite Connell asking Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) to go with him, she says she has to stay in Dublin where she has settled. any fans are desperate to find out if the pair got back together or simply remained friends. Luckily, Sally penned a short story revealing what the couple were up to a few years later.
Fans may be surprised to learn that Normal People was actually based on At the Clinic, the short story published in The White Review in 2016.
Sally explained to The Telegraph before the novel’s release that she felt Connell and Marianne’s romance deserved to be explored further.
In At The Clinic, the pair head to the dentist where Marianne, now 23, is getting her wisdom tooth removed.
The short story reveals that while they are no longer together, they’ve still slept with each other and both have had other relationships.
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Marianne has dated Daniel who liked to tie her up and she’d shown Connell the things he would do to her.
She told Connell: “I know it’s kind of f**ked up. I don’t enjoy it.”
Meanwhile Connell had embarked on a relationship with Lauren, with it being revealed she cheated on him after moving to Manchester.
The couple decided to break-up over Skype and Connell is hesitant to tell Marianne about his relationship ending.
Despite the pair both embarking on relationship with other unsuitable people, it’s clear the characters viewers have grown to love are still always there for one another.
Connell is still there for Marianne in her hour of need accompanying her to the dentist and making her laugh.
Marianne meanwhile is helping continue to open up about his emotions – or lack of in some instances.
Fans of the BBC series can read the story in full on The White Review’s website if they’re desperate to find out more.
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Meanwhile, Connell star Paul has opened up on filming a “brutal” scene which saw his character talk about his mental health.
Episode 10 of the series shows Connell going to speak to a counsellor at Trinity College as he struggles to come to terms with the news a school friend took his own life.
Paul has explained he wanted the scenes where he speaks about his emotions to be powerful and realistic.
Speaking to Stylist, Paul said: “Filming the scene where Connell breaks down was brutal.
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“They called cut and I was still bawling. I wanted desperately for Connell’s pain to feel authentic.
“A massive percentage of people will experience something that Connell and Marianne are experiencing in regards to their mental health.”
Revealing the lengths he went to in order to prepare for the scenes, the actor added: “rior to filming I met a counsellor who worked in Trinity College. I asked her, does this feel real?’ She said that it’s like a documentary in terms of how it was written.
“There were so many details that Sally [Rooney] got so right in terms of Connell avoiding eye contact or crying and not wiping away his tears.”
Normal People is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.
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