Firefly Lane have been one of Netflix‘s biggest hits this February and brings its first season to a dramatic close, with Kate (played by Sarah Chalke) and Tully (Katherine Heigl) having fallen out and their friendship left hanging in the balance. Not only that, but at the end of the show viewers do not know if one of the show’s main love interests Johnny (Ben Lawson) has died.
Towards the end of Episode 10, titled “Auld Lang Syne,” we get a glimpse of Johnny’s tour in Iraq in very close vicinity to an exploding landmine. The episode cuts away, however, before we learn whether he has made it out alive.
Directly after this, the Netflix show cuts to the funeral of Kate’s father, and we learn that Tully and Kate are no longer speaking, with the former telling the latter, “when I said I could never forgive you for what you did, what did you think that meant?”
The fact that one scene follows the other seems to be the show hinting that the first scene has something to do with the other, that maybe Tully knew something about Johnny’s final moments and didn’t tell her best friend.
However, according to quotes from Firefly Lane‘s showrunner Maggie Friedman, the whole thing might be a fake-out and Johnny survived his near-brush with death.
Asked by Entertainment Weekly whether Johnny is dead, she teased: “I really can’t say. I will say I also ship them, but let’s see where the story leads them…” The fact that the showrunner herself wants Kate and Johnny to be together seems to be a fairly good sign that he will survive his ordeal.
However, in the same interview, she did reveal that the nickname for that moment in the writers’ room was “Johnny Goes Boom,” which suggests that he may not make it out of the experience entirely unscathed.
Johnny actor Ben Lawson, meanwhile, also hinted that his character makes it out alive. He told Entertainment Tonight: “I think you’re made to wonder if he’s OK and I think that all things going well, we’re going to see him more often and not just in flashbacks. There’s a lot unresolved between Kate and Johnny as well. Gotta get him back home safe.”
In that same interview, Friedman said that the reveal of what happened to Johnny would be part of Season 2 if the show gets renewed for more.
Even if Johnny does die in the Iraq segment, Friedman confirmed to Collider that the actor would be back for Season 2 for the show’s many flashbacks.
Firefly Lane is streaming now on Netflix.