I don’t think there’s any doubt that Sweet Magnolias Season 2 really delivered exactly what a lot of fans have been dying for since the first season thrilled viewers back in 2020. We got to find out exactly who was in that infamous car accident with Kyle and saw that the impact of that night, overall, went way past those involved in the crash. And, as you probably expected, this means that a lot of personal relationships, including all of those complicated romances, changed a lot over the course of the season. Seeing as how we went through the relationship statuses after the inaugural season, it only felt right to do the same as we bask in our post-Sweet Magnolias Season 2 ending glow, so be sure to read on!
Helen And Erik… And Ryan
I don’t think there was a single Sweet Magnolias fan who was hoping for anyone other than chef Erik to walk away with Helen’s heart. He was there to comfort her on prom night after she and Ryan broke up. He was there when Helen unexpectedly lost her baby and didn’t bat an eyelash at either her being pregnant or deciding to undergo IVF treatments. And, it didn’t take long for Helen to see just how special Erik was and tell him that she wanted more than friendship. YAY!
But then, Ryan returned for his aunt’s funeral, and decided to surprise the hell out of Helen by saying he was now (somehow… finally… after more than two decades) ready for kids, and then got down on one knee and proposed! Ryan left Helen with the definition of a shocked look on her face in the final seconds of the finale, so we have no idea whether she’ll choose Ryan or Erik. Egad!
Maddie And Cal
After a polarizing argument toward the end of Season 1, and Maddie’s dumb ex-husband, Bill, telling her he wanted her back, Maddie and Cal made up and got into getting it on a lot in Season 2. As their romance grew, Maddie was able to finally say she loved Cal, and his connection to her kids also got stronger. Cal began to open up about his past with a toxic woman named Victoria, but what he should have been telling Maddie about was his past with anger management problems.
We first get a real hint of this after Cal and his team lose the state championship, but when Mary Vaughn becomes determined to get back at him for not playing Jackson (and at Maddie for helping to get her mayor husband recalled), she digs up a troublesome incident from his pre-Serenity life and has Cal fired. This led to mounting anger on his part, and he ended up beating an out-of-control fan of his in Sullivan’s in front of nearly everyone, Maddie included. Will Maddie back out of the romance now that she’s seen Cal’s anger explode right in front of her? We shall see!