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Spoilers ahead for HBO's Big Little Lies.
One of the unexpected hits of the last few months has been HBO's limited series Big Little Lies. Based off of the novel of the same name, BLL caught the attention of audiences through its murder mystery plot, outstanding cinematography, and fantastic performances. And considering how acclaimed the series was, fans have been begging for any possible continuation, despite the director's insistence that the season finale be the definitive ending for the characters. But a new possibility has just opened up that makes a second season seem much more possible.
Australian novelist Liane Moriarty wrote the original Big Little Lies book, which was rather faithfully adapted into the HBO miniseries. When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald about BLL's Season 2 rumors, Moriarty revealed she may be able to help continue the storyline for her characters. She said,
I have started to think about ways this could continue. The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn't write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we'll see what happens.
Well this certainly seems promising. If HBO has come to Liane Moriarty about crafting new stories, it means that a second season very well may be coming to the network.
The decision to reach out to Big Little Lies' writer is a very sound one by HBO. The novel was published just a few years ago in 2014, so the colorful cast of women (and their children) should still be fresh on the mind of Liane Moriarty.
And there should be plenty to explore in a possible second season. To start, the Big Little Lies miniseries cut out an important detail regarding Trivia Night, especially regarding Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) and her past. In the book it's explained that Bonnie had been in an abusive household as a child, so when she saw the other women struggling with Perry's violence, her old emotions came back up and she pushed him to his eventual death.
In fact, Liane Moriarty was originally disappointed with this decision, but thinks it might help with crafting new episodes. She said:
My original reaction was what have they done? How have they left that out? But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what was Bonnie's true story], there had been little hints and that you can take that away. It's implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there but I wouldn't argue against it either. It also leaves open the possibility of Season 2.
In addition to Bonnie's backstory, there are quite a few more lose ends that could be expanded. We never got to see Celeste have an actual conversation with her friends about Perry's abuse, contrary to she and Madeline's relationship being a major focus of the series. Additionally, Madeline's husband Ed (Adam Scott) seemed to have figured out her past affair, which would be fascinating to watch play out on screen. Plus, that Detective isn't fooled by the stories given by the main cast.
We'll keep you updated on Big Little Lies news at it becomes public. Check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watching experience.