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Dickinson Season 2 – Ending Explained

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‘Dickinson’ on Apple TV+ is a quirky, borderline absurdist, historical comedy-drama series that follows the life of a young Emily Dickinson and her family in 1850s Amherst, Massachusetts. Undoubtedly one of America’s greatest poets of all time, Emily Dickinson remained unknown and undiscovered in her lifetime. Her treasure trove of poems- some 1800 of them, were only published after her death.

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Historians claim that even in her death, Emily did not want to be famous and wanted her sister to burn her poems after her demise. Well, thank heavens her sister had the better sense to share Emily’s genius with the world.

Season 2 of Dickinson

Majorly deals with Emily’s push and pull with the concept of fame. Seeking to explain why she chose to remain anonymous all her life. Only gaining recognition post-humously. As far as depth character development is concerned, season 1. The second season feels more mature like it has finally found its footings. It is as if the show is growing with the characters. If you’re looking to gain a better understanding of the ending of ‘Dickinson’ season 2, you’re in the right place.

Dickinson Season 2 Ending: Why does Emily Not Want To Become Famous?

During the first half of the season, Emily believes that she wants to pursue fame and get recognition for her poems. This is majorly due to Sam and Sue’s insistence. Emily goes against her instinct feelings and gives Sam her poems. Before she gets confirmation from Sam. That poem will be published, Emily second-guesses herself to the point that she gets severe writer’s block.

Her thoughts also manifest themselves in the form of Nobody. The ghostly figure constantly warns Emily not to seek. A frame and keeps telling her that being a “nobody” is better. Nobody turns out to be Austin’s college friend, Frazar Stearns, who Emily believes is going to die in the Civil War. Her talks with Nobody establish that Emily places more value on her life than on chasing fame and glory to achieve immortality after death.

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When all is said and done, Emily is still an incredibly private person who feels uncomfortable if the spotlight is on her. This is the running theme of season 2. She is happy to have people read her poem but gets upset when they don’t agree with her and declare her poem too provocative. Emily does not care for people’s feedback. Ultimately, when Emily decided to stay unpublished, it feels like the right choice for her.

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