‘Never Have I Ever’ is set to return for a second season and fans want to know who Devi will end up with – Paxton or Ben!
Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s coming of age comedy-drama ‘Never Have I Ever’ premiered on Netflix on May 21, 2020, to both critical and popular success. In July 2020, Netflix revealed that the series had already been viewed by a staggering 40 million people. The show’s representation of the Indian community has taken representation in Hollywood to a whole new level. During season 1, an important plot point was Devi’s possible romance with the two male leads – Paxton and Ben. As the series gears up for season 2, who will Devi finally choose to be with?
Who will Devi choose between Paxton and Ben in the upcoming season?
- ‘Never Have I Ever’: The story of an American-born confused desi
- Paxton or Ben – Who will it be?
- Season 2: Everything we know yet
‘Never Have I Ever’: The story of an American-born confused desi
The series follows Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a 15-year-old Indian American high-schooler who is dealing with the loss of her father as she now lives with her widowed mother and beautiful cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani). She lost the use of her legs for three months after the fateful day. The series begins almost a year later and shows her trying to return to normalcy with the help of her two best friends Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor (Ramona Young).
Right after its release, ‘Never Have I Ever’ was trending on Netflix USA and India. The teen dramedy has received a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the critical sense reading, “Never Have I Ever’s a fresh take on the coming-of-age comedy is hilariously honest, sweetly smart, and likely to have viewers falling head over heels for charming newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan”.
The show has been lauded for its portrayal of Asians and trying to break stereotypes associated with them. It is humorous, heart-warming, and takes the audiences on a wholesome journey. It is undoubtedly one of Mindy Kaling’s best works yet.
Paxton or Ben – Who will it be?
Devi is shown to harbour a huge crush on Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), a 16-year-old high school junior, throughout the first season. Even though he shows no interest in her initially, he soon starts coming around and taking an interest in her. She also has a nemesis, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison), who just like her is a straight A’s student and gives her a tough competition. Season 1 shows Devi trying to attract Paxton’s attention, even leaving her friends in times of need just to be with him.
However, at the end of the season, she realizes how supportive Ben was as she dealt with her father’s death and troubled relationships with her mother and friends.
This love triangle has been a major topic of debate amongst fans. While most fans feel that she is a better fit for Ben as they are much more similar, others think the super-hot Paxton will make the right partner for Devi. Therefore, it will be quite interesting to see where Devi’s heart will lead her in season 2.
Season 2: Everything we know yet
The show was renewed for a second season on July 2nd, 2020 and so it is unclear whether the next season will air in 2021 or 2022. However, fans are excited to see what new developments will take place in Devi’s life after the emotional season 1 finale.
The ongoing buzz surrounding the series is that Mindy Kaling herself may be making an appearance in the upcoming season. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan herself has said that it’s only logical thaṭ Kaling acts in the next season. She was quipped,
“Mindy needs to be on season 2. That’s not negotiable. She needs to be in season 2. That would be awesome to be able to act with her. Anybody could play a family member. She could play somebody in the school. She could do whatever”.
She further suggested that she could play the role of Devi’s cool aunt who enables all her behaviours.
It remains to be seen if Kaling will join the next season or if there will be other additions to the cast, but we obviously cannot wait to see Devi’s love life in season 2.