HBO's 'Big Little Lies' Season 2: Things About The Show That Are Likely To Rock It
Fans of 'Big Little Lies' - time to rejoice! The “Mothers of Monterey” are back. After being named ‘One of the Year’s Best’ in 2017, Season 2 of the award-winning series has officially been confirmed to premiere in June 2019. The news was revealed by cast member Laura Dern during the TCA press tour on Friday, 8 February.
Since the mini-series was originally based on a single, best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty, viewers were under the impression that the show won’t be returning. This was based on the simple fact that all of the source material from Moriarty’s original novel was already implemented into the first season. Jean-Marc Valllée (the show’s director), was also pretty adamant about finishing the show after one season.
“This is the perfect ending. There is no way; there’s no reason to make a season two. That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do season two, we’ll break that beautiful thing and spoil it.”
However, thanks to the award-winning success of the series and the overwhelming positive feedback from fans and critics alike, the decision to continue the drama was made. Moriarty was approached by HBO in order to come up with a fresh storyline for a new season, and the filming came underway.
When asked about the show’s continuation, Nicole Kidman, executive producer, who also plays one of the show’s main characters (Celeste Wright) stated in an interview: "I believe [the characters’] stories warrant it and I don't want to abandon them...". The star also added: "We had such a good time doing it and the desire to spend more time together had a lot to do with it. Also, there was an enormous demand from the audience ... It was generated by the audience, and the desire to see these people still in existence."
After approaching Moriarty in order to come up with a fresh storyline for the new season, HBO announced in an official statement on their website:
"The subversive, darkly comedic drama 'Big Little Lies' will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom."
More specifically, the new season will focus on the characters’ struggle in moving forward with their lives after a major death, as well as previous unresolved conflicts. This includes exploring and going deeper into issues broader than the novel - such as Madeline’s (who’s played by Reese Witherspoon) affair and focusing more on Bonnie (Kravitz’s character) who played a much larger role in the novel.
OG CAST WITH NEW MEMBERS!
Original cast members (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Adam Scott) are all making a return, with some new exciting additions as well. The new cast includes 'American Horror Story' veteran Denis O’Hare as Ira Farber, Crystal R Fox as Bonnie’s mother Elizabeth, Martin Donovan as Bonnie’s father Martin Howard, Mo McRae as school teacher Michael Perkins, Douglas Smith as Jane’s co-worker Corey Brockfield, Poorna Jagannathan as Katie Richmond and last but definitely not least - Hollywood icon, Meryl Streep.
When asked about the involvement of Streep in the series, Witherspoon shared on 'Late Night' with Seth Meyers:
“Well, she sent an email to Nicole and I. And it said, ‘Okay, I read the part and I love it and I’m going to do it’,” Witherspoon explained. “And I like dropped the phone, like mic drop, but I phone dropped. “And then I called Nicole and I was like, ‘Is this real life? Is this really happening?’ And then I got off the phone with Nicole and I, like, hugged myself gently for a minute and said, ‘This is really happening. You’re really working with Meryl Streep’.”
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The Oscar-winning actress reveals why she was more than willing to become a new member of the cast:
"I love this show, I was addicted to it. I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don't know about people, about family, about friends."
Streep takes on the role of Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman’s) mother-in-law.
One of the biggest changes the production has had to make involves switching directors. Jean-Marc Vallée, who originally directed every episode from season one, has taken a step back to an executive producer position, with Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold taking over.
“We’re just thrilled to welcome her to our family,” Witherspoon said of the new change. “And we’re just thrilled we get to do this again together.”
Unfortunately to fans of the show, the lifespan of the series is limited - it really might be it this time. When asked about a continuation at the Television Critics Association press tour, David E. Kelley stated to reporters: "No such plan now. It's one and two, and we like our closure with season two, but that will probably be it." Kelley further added that this season's satisfying closure means "that will probably be it.” To this, a smiling Witherspoon replied: “That’s what you said last time.”