'Insecure' Brings Friendship To The Forefront

by Ashley Rey

Fans are coming off of the high that Season 1 of HBO's Insecure left us on, and it makes waiting for the release of Season 2 really difficult. Everyone fell in love win Issa and Molly's #blackgirlmagic relationship — so much so, that trying to imagine the show without it feels almost impossible. But, according to Business Insider, Insecure's plot was initially supposed to take another turn.

HBO Executive Vice President Amy Gravitt, who oversaw the series' development, told the publication that the version we know and love came to be after parting ways with the original concept. According to Gravitt, Issa's story was focused more so on her work life in the beginning stages — something that's still a huge part of the plot, but plays second fiddle to Issa and Molly's friendship.

Gravitt went on to tell Business Insider that instead of Issa and Molly continuously "taking swipes at each other," she feels as though the women's relationship is "emotional, real, and supportive" — the opposite of other female-led friendships we've seen on television. She explained, "The friendship is really refreshing. I miss my best friend from college when I watch the show."

The brainchild of Issa Rae, Insecure is often to referred to as the remake of her 2011 YouTube series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG) — which is primarily focused on J's (Rae's character) hatred for her job, her awkward love life, and friendships. It sounds as though Insecure's development was initially following in ABG's footsteps. But, I have to say, I'm really happy that they decided to switch it up.

New developments for the second season have since been announced, but all roads point toward keeping friendship at the forefront. Insecure writer and actor Natasha Rothwell's character Kelli is becoming a series regular, and I can't wait to see how this expands upon the theme.

Season 1 ended with Molly and Issa resolving their friendship, after having an extreme falling out because Issa's infidelity toward her live-in boyfriend Lawrence was triggering for Molly. And watching Issa squander the type of relationship that she was longing to have brought up some ill-feelings between the two of them.

All in all, I'm hopeful that Season 2 will pick up right where we left off — Molly helping Issa pick up the pieces of her failed relationship, while parked on the side of the road on the ex-couple's abandoned sofa.