Is Calvin dead in Lessons in Chemistry?

Episode 2. Brie Larson and Lewis Pullman in "Lessons in Chemistry," premiering October 13, 2023 on Apple TV+.
Episode 2. Brie Larson and Lewis Pullman in "Lessons in Chemistry," premiering October 13, 2023 on Apple TV+. /

The end of Lessons in Chemistry Episode 2 brought us a shocking moment for Calvin. Will he make it back from that accident?

We immediately fell in love with Calvin and Elizabeth’s love story in Lessons in Chemistry. Elizabeth didn’t see herself getting married or having children. She wanted to focus on her work, and she made that clear to Calvin.

When she told him that, he was grateful for her honesty. He didn’t leave her. Instead, he was happy with the life that they would have together, which included Six-Thirty, the dog that showed up by Elizabeth’s trash cans one night.

Of course, the flashes to the cooking show make it clear that something happened. There is no mention of Calvin. There doesn’t even seem to be a hint that he is in her life. That’s when we got back to the past to see Calvin suddenly hit by a bus. Is that it for the character?

Will Calvin survive in Lessons in Chemistry?

Calvin was out jogging with Six-Thirty when the accident happened in Lessons in Chemistry. Six-Thirty is not a good leash-walker, and Calvin ends up fighting with Six-Thirty with the leash on the street. Suddenly, he pulls the leash, it snaps from the collar, and Calvin falls back into an oncoming bus.

It’s pretty clear that he won’t survive this accident. The hit by that bus was way too hard. We’re sure to get confirmation at the start of Episode 3.

If you turn to the source material, you’ll see that Calvin does suffer an accident but it’s not quite the same. He’s not hit by a bus, but he dies while jogging with Six-Thirty. He ends up falling over and hitting his head on the curb, killing him almost instantly.

It’s a devastating moment for Elizabeth when she learns what happened. However, there are more surprises to come in her life, and not just that she’ll get fired and start a cooking show.

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Lessons in Chemistry streams on Fridays on Apple TV+.