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If you haven't watched the original Hulu series Shrill yet, oh my god, what are you doing here? Go, go, go! You're missing out!

The series is based on the Lindy West memoir of the same name and stars Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant, and the premise basically goes like this: Bryant's character, Annie, begins undergoing an inner transformation as she learns to demand the treatment she deserves, despite the way society discriminates against fat women. In season one alone, she confronts her boss, her boyfriend, and even her trolls in an attempt to just feel comfortable as a human — an experience a lot of plus-size women can relate to.

The show's first season was short-lived, though, and its mere six episodes left fans begging for more. Luckily, they're about to get more.

That's right — Shrill is officially getting another season!

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hulu has ordered "an extended sophomore run" for the show. Its second season will feature two additional episodes — that's eight episodes total — and is due to return in 2020. And I know you're probably thinking what I'm thinking: that's so far away. But it makes sense, given Bryant's demanding SNL schedule.

And fans of the show are already jumping for joy over this news.

"Inject more #Shrill into my bloodstream immediately, thanks!" this user wrote. And I couldn't agree with her more. Shrill is maybe the most refreshingly honest and relatable show I've seen... ever? Let's put it this way: Had I seen it as a pre-teen, my life might've been completely different.

They've been asking for a season two since the moment is debuted, and now they're getting exactly what they want!

"@hulu 's #Shrill is witty, real, and validating. And yes, it gets better as the episodes continue. Listen to me love on it! When is season 2?!" asked one Twitter user late last month. That's pretty much been the sentiment across the entire internet after season one aired in early March.

Plus-size women especially are itching to see how the show might maintain or even improve its representation of fat women in season two.

Though so many plus-size women expressed how much they related to Annie's feelings of inadequacy and acceptance of disrespectful behavior towards her, plenty of plus-size women couldn't relate — in fact, they'd much rather follow the journey of Annie's roommate Fran, who's black, queer, plus size, and completely at peace with herself, despite constantly having to cater to Annie's insecurities.

Another hope plus-size fans have for season two? More fashion opportunities.

Fun fact: Every single piece of clothing Bryant wore in the first season of Shrill was custom-made by Amanda Needham, the show's costume designer. While that's an insane amount of talent on Needham's part, it also negated the potential for Shrill to showcase some amazing plus-size brands and indie designers that fans could actually buy from. Maybe season two will give us just that.

Personally, I hope season two can focus less on Annie's body and more on the other prevalent issues surrounding her and her friends.

In the very first episode, Annie discovers she's pregnant — partly because she fears retaliation for asking her boyfriend Ryan to wear a condom during sex, and partly because her pharmacist fails to tell her that the morning after pill does not work on women over a certain weight. One might argue that watching Annie navigate similar struggles unrelated to her body might prove to be even more body-positive than having the show's plot revolve around her weight.

Even people who feel the show needs major improvement can all agree on one thing: We all REALLY need Annie to dump Ryan for good in season two.

I understand Ryan's place as a plot device in this show — his awful treatment of Annie and refusal to give her basic human decency as a boyfriend is simply a tool to drive Annie's character development. I'm a writer, I get it. But Ryan also serves as a reminder for many women who've dated lackluster or downright terrible men because they don't think they deserve anything better.

After six episodes and endless "how could you do this to me" conversations, it's high time for Annie to find someone better or simply enjoy being single — I don't care what she does as long as Ryan is not there.

Whatever Bryant and the other creators do with Shrill's second season, it's likely to be a hit with any woman who's experienced body insecurity.

Not only is it encouraging to see a plus-size woman on TV period — it's refreshing to watch her interact with her world like an actual human as opposed to a comedy trope or a token brackground prop who has no real substance. Bryant's portrayal of Annie distinguishes the beliefs that fat women are always trying to lose weight, never have sex, and are doomed to feel ashamed of their bodies. We need more of this, whether or not it's done perfectly.

Long story short, this news literally just made my day.

A few things I'm going to need personally from season two: Something very skin to THAT pool party scene. More strippers with sage life advice. FRAN'S. HOT. BROTHER. Are you listening, Hulu? I have more suggestions, please call me.

The countdown to 2020 begins now!

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Congratulations to Bryant and her team for making a show with the potential to change lives. Let's just hope the next season comes sooner in 2020 rather than later because I'm already feeling the itch to binge it all again.