The speculation is finally over: Big Little Lies has officially been renewed for a second season.
Big Little Lies Renewed For Season Two
Stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are set to return to the hit HBO drama, along with writer-producer David E. Kelly, for seven episodes, which will be directed entirely by Andrea Arnold (Transparent). Negotiations are currently underway for the rest of the cast, though most are expected to return.
The need for a second season has been the subject of debate since the finale aired in April. Many argued that there wasn’t a need to continue the story, which appeared to be pretty tightly wrapped up, since the show was based on a single novel by Liane Moriarty. Still, the popularity and critical success of the series could not be denied, and I don’t think this season two announcement is at all surprising. Anyone with doubts, however, can take heart in the fact that author Moriarty will be supplying a new story herself for the show’s second installment.
In a statement, Kidman, who won an Emmy for her work as Celeste Wright, said that she is “so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
Witherspoon shared Kidman’s sentiments, saying that a second season "gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
According to HBO, season two of Big Little Lies will delve into “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.” The cabler added that “relationships will fray, loyalties will erode [and] the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
What We Want To See In Big Little Lies Season Two
I’ll admit, I was one of the many that consumed Big Little Lies in one sitting and determined that, as good as it was, a single season was probably enough. It’s a compliment really: the first season was so good that I felt it was best to leave perfection alone. That being said, knowing now that a return is certain, there are definitely things I want to see from the second installment, primarily a Celeste/Madeline/Renata road trip. I’m only kiiiinda joking about that. No, but really—the relationships among these women, along with Jane and Bonnie, are truly what make the show, and to borrow an adage from J.K. Rowling, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a six-foot-four domestic abuser/rapist is one of them." Really. You don’t congregate as a gaggle of Audrey Hepburns, take down Elvis Presley, send him plummeting to his head-cracking demise, and then just go your separate ways, folks. You just don’t.
One thing we definitely need, speaking of, is more Bonnie. My biggest criticism of season one was that her character was way too underdeveloped for her role in the show’s grand finale to be as relevant and poignant as it should have been. And looks like I’ll get my wish, because Vulture reports that casting director David Rubin is currently looking for actors to play, among other new characters, Bonnie’s parents.
But, look, I’ll just cut to the chase: all I truly want is this: Big Little Lies 2: How Celeste Got Her Groove Back. Do not ruin this for me, David E. Kelly.