In its sophomore season, Anne with an E ventures into adopting modern storylines while holding onto the heart of Anne from Green Gables. Network Netflix/CBC Creator Moira Walley-Beckett Noted Cast Anne Amybeth Mc
Nulty Billy Christian Martyn Cole Cory Grüter-Andrew Diana Dalila Bela Matthew R. H. Thomson Marilla Geraldine James Jerry Aymeric Jett Montaz Gilbert Lucas…

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In its sophomore season, Anne with an E ventures into adopting modern storylines while holding onto the heart of Anne from Green Gables.

CreatorMoira Walley-Beckett
Noted Cast
AnneAmybeth Mc
BillyChristian Martyn
ColeCory Grüter-Andrew
DianaDalila Bela
MatthewR. H. Thomson
MarillaGeraldine James
JerryAymeric Jett Montaz
GilbertLucas Jade Zumann
SebastianDalmar Abuzeid
Muriel StacyJoanna Douglas
Aunt JosephineDeborah Grover
RachelCorrine Koslo
ThomasPhillip Williams
JeannieBrenda Bazinet
JosieMiranda Mc
NateTaras Lavren
Mr. DunlopShane Carty
Minnie MayRyan Kiera Armstrong
Mrs. BarryHelen Johns
MaryCara Ricketts
RubyKyla Matthews


Somethings never change. Anne still has a certain whimsy khổng lồ her và her imagination và kindness remains both the show’s hook & inspiring. In fact, despite the hold Josie formerly had on all the girls, now they are more than willing to lớn hang out with Anne without her around. However, when it comes to the boys, nothing has changed. Billy and the rest remain cruel and indifferent to lớn Anne’s feelings. Making this boy who has grown exponentially, Cole, a silver lining in a way. He is sweet, artistic, và Anne quickly becomes friends with him. In fact, she becomes for him what Diana is often for her. A voice to lớn help giảm giá with the negative thoughts which sometimes plagues the mind.

But, as much as Anne finds a way to lớn be there for Cole, and has Diana, Matthew, Marilla, và Jerry who care about her, it doesn’t erase the past. Her time in the asylum still haunts her & with the girls thinking about their futures, boys included, Anne comes to the belief she is too ugly, too plain to lớn ever be approached. So, her mind adapts lớn the idea she’ll have khổng lồ take the initiative.

Though, let it be known, boy trouble isn’t the focus of the season. More so it is exposing us lớn how having Anne in certain people’s lives changes everything. Take the two robbers from the kết thúc of season 1. One of them, because of Anne’s kindness, was contemplating turning over a new leaf. Thanks khổng lồ long-term exposure to Anne, both Matthew và Marilla seem to step out of their state of arrested development. You know, them not truly living life because of Michael’s death and their mother’s reaction to lớn it.

Alongside that, Gilbert finds his way back home and he brings a man named Sebastian – A đen man. Thus leading to us witnessing a lot of awkwardness as those in Avonlea deal with this foreign presence. Never mind us being reminded how isolated these people are from the larger world. Something we don’t just see in Sebastian’s arrival but also Ms. Muriel Stacy. A woman who pretty much seems like a flashforward of Anne.

However, it isn’t just the adults who have a hard time with foreign people and ideas. Diana và Cole find themselves, thanks to lớn Aunt Josephine, coming to lớn terms that Anne isn’t the most eccentric & out there person they’ll know. Being that Aunt Josephine is a veteran within the local LGBT community, Cole’s introduction khổng lồ them leads him to lớn realize he found his people. Then, with Diana, being that her world has all been about following in her mother’s footsteps, the conservative domesticated life, realizing what her dear aunt is creates a life-shattering shock.

Yet, in the end, old friends and new friends reconcile, people grow, và very few things remain the same. For, since her arrival, Anne has been a catalyst and as her legend grows, more people find themselves under her influence. & even for those like Gilbert, who travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away, they find themselves still drawn to her light và desiring her presence. Even if they can’t say the words. Especially in a romantical way.


Marilla and Matthew Find Their Voice (Also, We Meet Michael)


When we met Marilla and Matthew, they were reserved in personality and in how they socialized. In fact, outside of Rachel, arguably only the mailman had any reason to head over to Green Gables. Yet, through Anne, we see them both open up exponentially. Reason being, though no one can replace Michael, và it isn’t made clear who Michael was to Marilla but her brother, Anne sort of assumed his role in their lives.

Starting with Matthew, one could argue Matthew’s love for Anne is enhanced by his memories of Michael. Someone who seemed to lớn be social yet still had time khổng lồ play & push his little brother. Now, Anne is much more aggressive than Michael yet it is clear her heart is in the right place. Và just seeing her, this redhead who has been through so much find friendship, a community, và be so jovial, it pushes him to vị the same. Maybe in baby steps, but you cannot deny him letting Rachel push him on stage & ending the play wasn’t progress. Also, you cannot deny one bit that him speaking up for Ms. Stacy wasn’t because he wanted to tư vấn Anne’s hard work & no longer be a bystander in life. That little girl, after a life where he had just been coasting, awakened him.

Same goes for Marilla. In season 1, she could barely even khuyễn mãi giảm giá with Anne’s antics and her being so affectionate. Now, she grips Anne almost as tightly as Anne grips her. She, lượt thích her brother, finds herself having a voice & speaking it, not just inside the house, but outside as well. As Rachel harasses Ms. Stacy, she speaks up và calls out the only person who she can consider her friend. Also, in a rather shocking move, she goes khổng lồ Ms. Stacy’s house, alone, and gives her support. Even highlights Anne và her journey in Avonlea as a means to inspire the young woman.

I mean, they say a child changes everything for you but I don’t think there is a way you can overstate how positive of an effect Anne has had on these two people’s lives. Leading you lớn wonder, just seeing them reach their social potential this season, what may they say or do in the next?

Sebastian’s Storyline

Sebastian: There’s nothing more I’ve ever wanted in this world.

Setting aside Sebastian being a major introduction since, so I’ve read, there wasn’t a large focus on people of màu sắc in the source material, if at all, let’s talk about his actual story. More often than not, when it comes to đen characters in the 1800s, their storylines revolve around being slaves. It’s just what strangely sells in the western world. However, Sebastian is a không tính tiền man and while his mother seemingly didn’t escape the role her ancestors played, Sebastian has his freedom.

Trouble is, he is a free man in a racist world. Making him the introduction to season 2 expanding what it means lớn be mistreated, oppressed, and ostracized. That is, alongside finding your people. Something which is quite big for Sebastian since, as kind as Gilbert is lớn him, even lớn the point of calling him a brother và pushing back his goals for Sebastian, he is still a kid. On top of that, he is a kid with a certain amount of privilege because he owns land & is white.

Which makes Sebastian’s journey to the bog not just important because he meets the love of his life, Mary, but because it becomes so clear why you must find your people. In the bog, Sebastian doesn’t have lớn translate things about his culture or his person. People just know. Và with seeing the stark difference between life outside of the bog lớn within it, you begin lớn see parallels with Anne’s journey.

For until Anne found her people, that is Diana, Cole, Aunt Josephine, và a few others we meet, or have met, she was like Sebastian. She was tolerated, accepted to lớn a point, but uncomfortable. Yet, once she found her kindred spirits, she found, or rediscovered, who she is and was able to let that person blossom. Thus pushing the narrative that Anne’s story isn’t as singular as it appears. For as much as Sebastian may have known where his mother was, she was unable to lớn be there as he desired. Making it where he often wandered the world alone. Yet, thanks khổng lồ Gilbert, he found a home and was able to bloom from there. All because he gave him more than a present but a future. In a non-white savior way.

Rachel (Featuring Thomas)

Rachel: Yes, you are rather… unrestrained.

Recognizing Rachel often is a bit much, in many ways you have khổng lồ appreciate it. For a woman of her time, lớn be boastful, a commanding presence, và yet still someone very lovey-dovey with her husband, and a good friend at times, it makes her one of the most well-rounded characters on the show. Add in that she has the ideal relationship, one in which she is partners with her husband, Thomas, và they perhaps become the closest thing khổng lồ what Anne talks about this season.

For as seen throughout the season, unlike Diana’s parents, they are partners. If there is a monetary matter, Thomas feels the need lớn confer with his wife. She has the Christmas play, he participated without complaint! Can you believe that? Then, when Marilla goes to lớn the oculist, and Rachel comes along, her “vacation” is about not having to lớn cook. Not get away from her husband. Because as consistently shown, even after 10 kids and neither probably looking like they did when they were young, they are still as giggly và flirtatious as when they met.

Switching lớn her relationship with Marilla, while it isn’t necessarily clear how these two became friends, episode 8 explains why they have been all these years. For in that aforementioned “vacation,” she uses her own money to lớn make sure Marilla gets back her family heirlooms. Mind you, this is after her family lost around $150 due lớn Mr. Dunlop và Nate earlier in the season. Plus, it meant less fun money for dinner. Yet, for her friend, she was willing to not only make sure she was fine to và from the oculist but get her back the one thing she had of Michael, a brooch which was in the family for generations, & most importantly, her pride.

So while Rachel is a piece of work, who says some wildly insulting things in the last two episodes, you have lớn admire both the character và her friendships.

LGBT Representation


As noted with Sebastian, he opens up the franchise to lớn being more diverse & inclusive. He furthers expands the idea that finding your people is essential for survival. After all, kindred spirits are forever. So taking note of Aunt Josephine mourning her partner & Cole’s journey of self-discovery, you have to lớn appreciate these two queer people being presented as well as their community. Added bonus in that neither journey is presented with trauma and violence. Aunt Josephine và her partner just existed and created an environment for their kindred spirits to exist.

And as for Cole? He found a connection through Anne to lớn be himself và Aunt Josephine opened her doors xuất hiện to a world beyond his imagination. One which, with him deciding to stay with her, means we get lớn see, next season, a queen woman raise a queer child who has access to a full blown queer community. Which does lead you to believe, between his parents or Aunt Josephine dying, there will be conflict, drama, and tears, but for now, we are in the calm before the storm and it makes for a pleasant viewing experience.

Low Points

The Mr. Dunlop/ Nate Saga


This seems lượt thích an idea that people got excited about, especially to close out the first season but when it came time to khuyến mãi with how to lớn address two con artist in Avonlea? There was no good resolution. So, lượt thích how we saw on screen, it was just powered through và once it was done, it just didn’t get talked about. Which is the most hilarious and sad thing about the Dunlop/Nate saga. Rachel mentions how people will forgive eventually & that’s it. We don’t see kids get mad at Diana for her parents making them chiến bại money, or look lượt thích idiots, và we don’t see her family suffer really at all. I mean, yeah, her parents bicker over it for one or two episodes but then they reconcile & it is lượt thích that whole thing never happened.

Which isn’t khổng lồ say I was expecting it lớn be harped on for the reason of the season, or show. It is just, with how small the community is, & how petty we see the people are, the fact it wasn’t occasionally brought up seemed surprising.

Diana’s Growth


While you have to adore Diana, especially when she stuck up for Anne as she came to lớn the conclusion she is plain & ugly, there isn’t much to lớn say about her. That is, who Diana is outside of Anne. Yes, she gets a slight moment when, as Mrs. Barry says she has lớn be a lady, she snaps on Minnie May and that forces Mrs. Barry lớn let her kids be kids. Yet, the major moment she could have had, which dealt with coming lớn terms with her aunt being queer và that she could have a life outside of something domestic, that doesn’t really get touched. One episode she is rejecting Josephine’s lifestyle because it is so different & within a few episodes she embraces her and who she is whole.

All of which happens without you seeing how or why her mind changed. Và while there is this desire to lớn look at Cole as the possible reason, then you have khổng lồ factor in Cole only came out to Anne and Josephine. He didn’t make it common knowledge. So as for how và why Diana decided to lớn be accepting is anyone’s guess. For even Anne didn’t really push her to be more liberal và open-minded.

What To bởi About Jerry

I appreciate Jerry for what little we get of him. He is but a simple French boy who is kind of like Anne’s little brother. Including like a second child to lớn Marilla & Matthew. Leading to quite a few touching moments in which Jerry, as Nate tortures him, finding comfort with Matthew. That is, alongside, after Anne spends some of her time teaching Jerry to write và read, him giving her a Christmas card. Granted, with her name spelled “Ann,” without an E, but considering the boy couldn’t read or write before, it’s progress.

So, question is, what to vì chưng with him now? After the Nate và Mr. Dunlop situation, the only notable time Jerry was part of the kích hoạt was when he flirted with Diana. Outside of that, he helped Matthew and did his job. Making you wonder, is this all we should expect from Jerry? One or two sweet moments, between Matthew & Anne, & after that him just being Matthew’s shadow as they work? Surely more can be done right? Him not being a big part of the source material or not.

Billy và Josie

The two bullies of the show remain rather simple characters. Billy just wants attention, as seen by him being jealous of Cole having all the girl’s attention. Same goes for Josie. Especially since she is raised on this idea that beauty & attention is power. Now, this is an issue for me for while I would hate for them to lớn be like Ruby và find themselves jumping on the Anne bandwagon, at the very least there was some hope they’d evolve a little bit. One could say them not evolving is the most realistic thing about their depiction yet, it doesn’t make you feel like a little effort lớn be understood more wouldn’t have been nice.

On The Fence


While Gilbert’s story moves forward, lượt thích him deciding on becoming a doctor, I must admit it did feel lượt thích he took a bit of a step back. As if, his main purpose was khổng lồ usher Sebastian into the show & his own life was secondary. Especially early in the season. By the end, as Sebastian found Mary và wasn’t reliant on Gilbert he found himself again, but it did feel like he was showing up late to lớn the party.

The Flashback Scenes

Like the first season, flashbacks to Anne’s time in the asylum are used but they aren’t quite as effective. With it already being rather clear Anne had a hard time before becoming a Cuthbert, a lot of it seemed lượt thích footage cut from season 1 & repurposed. Most of which seemed like fat that should have been left on the cutting room floor. Especially this one character who bullies Anne and, because she is such a creep, licks her face. All for no real rhyme or reason, besides perhaps freaking her out.

The State of Jeannie và Matthew’s Relationship

Jeannie: Would you like to talk about the letters, Matthew?

We don’t get closure. They reconnect, walk & talk, then she is off khổng lồ Paris. It sucks the love of Marilla’s life is dead but Matthew’s is not. Can he get married so Anne can be a flower girl & Marilla can ultimately feel her sacrifices have been worth it?

Overall: Positive (Watch This)

While I will admit the high from season 1 isn’t the same, nor the emotional roller coaster, if season 2 did replicate that it would be exhausting. Instead, it keeps the spirit alive và finds ways khổng lồ enhance it. In some cases, it is in big ways lượt thích through Black and LGBT characters. In other ways, it just builds off what was established, lượt thích in the case of Matthew & Marilla. Then, of course, there is showing Rachel as a three-dimensional person.

Thus giving us a show which takes what some may consider risks, but ultimately feels very much in line with the world we were introduced to in season 1. Ultimately making it feel lượt thích the writers knew what they had was good & they decided khổng lồ just spread all that focus Anne got và begin to lớn spread it around. Make it so multiple characters got their just due và became as deeply affecting lớn the audience.

Hence the positive label. While less tears were shed, I am still very much in love with Avonlea and season 2 simply focused on providing more reasons khổng lồ be. Và while the whole gold rush scam got swept under the rug, it’s something you want to lớn forget as much as the fine folks of Avonlea so we’re in agreement. Now if they could just boost Diana and Jerry, as well as showroom some dimensions to Josie and Billy, this show may be on an untouchable pedestal.

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Episode List

Episode 1
As we return lớn Green Gables, & Anne’s whimsy ways, the boarders begin their final act of trickery lớn lao the entire town.
Episode 2
As gold fever continues, Anne may have found another kindred spirit and Gilbert continues to lớn have his eyes opened thanks lớn Sebastian.
Episode 3
After slipping for so long, finally people are catching onto Nate và Mr. Dunlop – but will they stop them before they run off with $1700?
Episode 4
Alongside Gilbert finding direction for his life, Anne tries to push Matthew in one which may make him happier.
Episode 5
Being that Anne is a girl of a certain age, & obsessed with romantical things, the idea of a first kiss both intrigues & haunts her.
Episode 6
As Anne adjusts to lớn her new haircut, we finally get to lớn see Michael and understand, through Michael, why Matthew likes Anne so much.
Episode 7
As Diana’s world gets shook, và Cole comes to a realization, we learn more about the aftermath of Michael’s death.
Episode 8
As we’re introduced to the black part of Prince Edwards’ Island, Cole has a theory about Mr. Phillips and Marilla is clued in on what’s wrong.
Episode 9
Avonlea’s new teacher seems like a grown-up Anne. Including not fitting in, being a trailblazer, và her best intentions making things worse.
Episode 10
The fate of Ms. Stacy, Sebastian’s relationship with Mary, Cole, và Gilbert deciding whether to lớn stay or leave Avonlea is decided.

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How the show đơn hàng with that storyline leads Anne và her pal Diana (Dalila Bela) khổng lồ combine forces in a far more complex và proactive way than we’d seen previously from their fairy tale-spinning shenanigans. This sets the stage for an even bigger caper later in the season that never loses sight of what the show is all about: doing good và celebrating what is good in the world.

Although this may feel far too ideal for our modern world, Anne’s inherent goodness and her inability khổng lồ hold back is one of her enduring charms, & by extension, the story’s. At one point, one character says, “ felt so openly. Life had so many colors through her eyes.”

This mô tả tìm kiếm could refer to lớn the series’ heroine, who always expresses every emotion — good or bad — in the utmost, extra fashion. But the line could also refer khổng lồ the series itself, which ping-pongs from grim to lớn joyous, from awkward khổng lồ tearful, and yet always feels genuine and celebratory of what all life has to lớn offer. But that includes the dark side also, the part of Netflix’s adaptation that has received the most criticism.

The show continues the nightmarish flashbacks to Anne’s childhood at the orphan asylum where she was abused regularly, and Mc
Nulty plays these scenes as engrossingly as her exuberant ones. These bouts of PTSD are sprinkled throughout the season, yet for some reason, the show has so far not seen fit to lớn actually address them.

But she’s not the only one khổng lồ get this treatment. This year, her adoptive parents, Matthew and Marilla (Geraldine James), have their backstories revealed through flashbacks, and these are handled in such a way that offers neat solutions in the present. These moments feel the most manufactured, but fortunately, the show’s tendency for melodrama is tempered by its earnestness.


This year, the show’s already blunt messaging about bullying, acceptance, & inclusivity is even more in-your-face. After the death of his father, Gilbert Blythe (Lucas Jade Zumann) took work on a steamship in order to see the world and find himself before deciding on what to bởi vì with the land he inherited. This new enterprise takes him to multiple ports of call but also allows him khổng lồ befriend Sebastian “Bash” Lacroix (Dalmar Abuzeid), an Afro-Caribbean worker from Trinidad, the first black character lớn ever have graced any “Anne of Green Gables” story. And even though there are whiffs of exoticism here & there, for the most part, the show is savvy in how it addresses characters’ racism head-on, the inequities faced by a non-white person, & how Bash is his own charming và fully realized person.

The other major message about inclusion involves Diana’s Great Aunt Josephine (Deborah Glover), who last season revealed that she had been in love with someone named Gertrude who is now deceased. That storyline picks up again in a way that also overlaps with Anne’s experiences in Avonlea và the idea of gender roles, identity, và self-acceptance. While none of these stories were included in Montgomery’s writing, the show filters everything through Anne, who herself had been misunderstood, ostracized, abused, and marginalized. It only makes sense that she’d gravitate toward those who weren’t wholeheartedly accepted in society during that time or this one for that matter.

One more new character of sorts is introduced và has been long overdue. Anne befriends a gorgeous red fox that hangs outside her hideaway that she built with her friends for their Story Club. Anne had always addressed the flowers and trees as if they were people in the books, but the fox is clever, more interactive way to represent her affinity to lớn the natural world. It also plays an important role in a story later in the season và is a welcome addition to lớn the cast.

Despite the periods of melancholy & turmoil, this season feels more energetic và subsequently lighter because of the faster pace. It also is more comfortable in its skin và handles humor in its everyday situations deftly while also poking fun at itself. A caper near the kết thúc of the season epitomizes how everything gels to create a thoroughly uplifting, & most importantly, entertaining adventure. The series’ youthful cast, in fact, steal the show from the already strong adult cast members who are trò chơi for anything, including looking foolish in the most delightful way.


It’s a shame, actually, that the series is released as a binge, because this is a show that plays better as a weekly or episodic watch despite the overarching stories. It takes its time to lớn breathe & build out Avonlea, truly creating a fuller picture of a community that is not just in place to provide a backdrop for Anne’s shenanigans và growth. Each complete và satisfying episode deserves khổng lồ be thoroughly digested before rushing headlong lớn the next. If only Netflix allowed users to permanently disable tự động hóa play. Besides, a quick consumption of the season means that much longer a wait for the next installment. Thus, viewers would be wise khổng lồ take a page from Anne herself & savor the now khổng lồ the fullest.

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Grade: B+

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