Our Flag Means Death season 2

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The season two trailer for Our Flag Means Death promises epic queer romance and mutinous high jinks galore. The hit gay pirate show offers a queer spin to the real life-story of 18th-century co-captains turned rivals, “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), and Edward “Blackbeard” Teach (Taika Waititi).

The high-seas comedy, which first aired in the US in March last year, and in the UK about a year later, rapidly built a devoted LGBTQ+ fan base thanks to its range of explicit queer representation. Fans have been clamouring for a second season since the finale cliffhanger which saw Stede and Blackbeard’s relationship put in peril.

When their plans to run away together fall through, Blackbeard is consumed by bitterness and maroons Stede’s crew on a remote island. At the same time, Stede realises he has fallen head over heels for the wayward pirate and heads out on a new voyage to reunite with his lover.

The season two trailer, which dropped on Wednesday (30 August), shows the two pirates separated by an ocean of heartbreak, all set to the backdrop of Prince’s love ballad “The Beautiful Ones”.

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Two Fish

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Max’s serene summer, spent doing laps in a deserted campus pool, is interrupted by the return of best friend Taylor from Europe. As their relationship takes a new turn, sensations of secrecy, liberation, self-loathing and self-discovery come to the fore.

Heartstopper season 2 is streaming on Netflix now

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Heartstopper season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix in most places, after its premiere on the service on August 3. The next installment picks up right where the first one left off, following Nick, Charlie, and their friends as they navigate the trials and tribulations of high school, romance, and family drama.

Season 2 continues the plot lines from the first season, while also adding in some new cast members, including Leila Khan as Sahar Zahid (a Higgs school student) and Jack Barton as David Nelson (Nick’s older brother).

Charlie and Nick are getting settled into being a couple, though Nick is having trouble deciding how public he wants to be about their relationship and his sexuality. Meanwhile, Tao and Ellie are finally making their own romantic headway, though Tao struggles under the pressure he puts on himself which complicates matters.

They’re not the only ones, as Tara and Darcy are facing relationship challenges. Beyond their relationships, the cast also have to contend with upcoming exams, a big class trip to Paris, and planning their prom.

Steven Spielberg loved The Last of Us’ queer love story

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Three-time Oscar-winning juggernaut director Steven Spielberg was one of the very first Hollywood A-listers to throw his support behind The Last of Us’ heart-rending gay love story in episode three. The most commercially successful director in history was quick to praise the episode’s critically acclaimed queer storyline and even sent a personal letter to Craig Mazin, the episode’s writer.

HBO’s post-apocalyptic fungal thriller The Last of Us, based on the award-winning videogame of the same name, stunned audiences when it aired in January, with powerhouse performances from leads Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. But it was episode three, entitled “Long, Long Time” which focuses on the love story between Bill (Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman) and Frank (The White Lotus’ Murray Bartlett) that had viewers in tears.

Despite homophobic backlash from certain corners of the internet, the episode was praised by fans and critics alike for Offerman and Bartlett’s rich and moving performances and the decision to include – and explore – a mature gay relationship. The episode’s director, Peter Hoar, has revealed that Spielberg himself was an early fan of Nick and Frank’s story.

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