Creator confirms new character for next season
Alice Oseman is still appealing to fans on social media about Heart stroke. Netflix has taken the writer’s LGBTQ graphic novels and turned them into one of the biggest series on the platform. After the runaway success of the first season, Netflix has greenlighted two more seasons. While fans wait for the official storylines, Oseman confirms the inclusion of the novel’s character, Sahar, for Heart stroke Season 2.
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One of the reasons why Heart stroke attracted worldwide attention was for its LGBTQ history and inclusive cast. The series was a coming-of-age story of Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), who has been openly gay since last school year. At the start of a new term, he falls in love with his new colleague, Nick Nelson (Kit Connor). Her crush triggers a wave of emotions and new feelings for Nick as he discovers his sexuality.
Heart stroke is an “optimistic” version of an LGBTQ story that made a point of having an inclusive cast. Actors Yasmin Finney and William Gao were stunned by Netflix’s outspoken casting call to cast people of all colors, races and sexualities.
For the second installment, Netflix, Oseman and the creators are sticking to their guns. On Twitterconfirmed Oseman Heart stroke Season 2 would introduce the character from the novel Sahar Zahid. She retweeted Daniel Edwards Casting CDG’s tweet about an open casting call for the character.
The casting call asks for “a tall actor of British South Asian descent who identifies as female or non-binary”. Oseman responded by encouraging fans to participate and what the character from the novel looks like.
Who is Sahar Zahid in the novel series?
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According to Heart stroke fandom wiki page, Sahar is a character fans can look forward to. In the novels, Sahar is 5’10” tall and has tan skin, brown eyes, and brown hair. She is close friends with the main characters like Charlie, Nick, Elle, and others.
She is the same age as the other characters, around 16-17. In the books, Sahar is of Arab descent and has a more prominent and curvy figure. But she often hides under oversized clothes and sweaters. At school, she usually wears a bow in her hair or keeps it in a messy ponytail or bun.
As for her character, she is the least explored in the novels. She is part of the group of eight people who go to Paris on a school trip. But Sahar is described as a kind and detail-oriented person. She is good at academics and often surprises Charlie or the others with her meticulous work. Don’t let Sahar fool you; she is more than willing to discuss society’s emphasis on virginity.
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After Netflix confirmed two more seasons of the series, fans wondered where the story was headed next. Thanks to the novels, the fans have a good idea. According to the script, the characters go on a big trip to Paris, where Sahar is introduced.
The trip to Paris will also introduce a new teacher, who Oseman says will be part of a teacher romance. The teacher in question is Mr. Farouk, who has not yet been seen or chosen. During the trip to Paris, he develops feelings for Mr. Ajayi (Fisayo Akinade), the art teacher.
Heart stroke Season 2 is expected to begin filming in fall 2022, but Netflix has no concrete details confirmed. Oseman teases that the next episode will explore mental health themes, as fans hope Imogen finds her own romance. Maybe with Sahar.
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