SPOILERS for To All the Boys I've Loved Before ahead.
Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before movie has a mid-credits scene - here's how it sets up a sequel to the film adaptation of Jenny Han's young adult novel. Directed by Susan Johnson, To All the Boys I've Loved Before adapts Han's 2014 novel of the same name. The story follows high school junior Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a hopeless romantic who writes letters to her crushes. However, when the letters get out - including one to her older sister Margot's (Janel Parrish) ex-boyfriend Josh (Israel Broussard) - Lara Jean enters into a fake relationship with fellow letter recipient Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).
What follows is a pretty standard, but still incredibly sweet and heartwarming YA rom-com that explores the romance trope of fake-to-real relationship. The movie ends with Lara Jean coming clean to her family about the letters and her fake relationship, making amends with Josh, and finally professing her feelings for Peter on the lacrosse field. The two close out the movie with a kiss as their relationship is officially made real. However, as fans of Han know, this isn't the end of Lara Jean and Peter's story - and To All the Boys I've Loved Before makes sure to get in a deliberate sequel tease before the credits end.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before has a brief mid-credits scene in which a grown up John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Burtchett) shows up on the Covey's doorstep with flowers and his letter, only for the youngest sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart) to open the door and call for Lara Jean. John Ambrose's is, of course, the last letter remaining out in the world following Lara Jean's confrontations with Peter, Josh and Lucas (Trezzo Mahoro), and Kenny from camp's getting returned to sender. However, this scene also works to set up a sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which would follow Han's second novel in the trilogy, P.S. I Still Love You.
In the second book, Lara Jean reconnects with John Ambrose at the same time that her relationship with Peter hits a rough patch. Like in the movie, Peter remains friends with his ex-girlfriend Genevieve, though they grow close again for a time, causing tension between Peter and Lara Jean. As a result, Lara Jean, Peter and John Ambrose are in a kind of love triangle, similar to the first book/movie. So, John Ambrose plays a major role in the second story focused on Lara Jean, which explains his appearance in a mid-credits scene of Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. If Netflix wants to adapt Han's P.S. I Still Love You, John Ambrose will be a big part of it, as will his relationship with Lara Jean.
However, it's unclear as of yet whether Netflix will make a sequel. Reviews for To All the Boys I've Loved Before have been largely positive, and while Netflix doesn't release viewer numbers, the movie trended on Twitter the day of its premiere, indicating viewers enjoyed the YA rom-com. Until a follow-up is confirmed, the mid-credits scene is simply a fun stinger for viewers that hints at something more. But if Netflix does green light a sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, expect John Ambrose to return and cause some trouble for Lara Jean Covey.
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) release date: Aug 17, 2018