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Over the past few years, television has become the go to place for fantastic acting projects. Even the biggest movie stars are making the transition to the small screen, given the plethora of fantastic content being produced. Case in point: HBO's Big Little Lies, which saw the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern on television in fantastic new roles. The series has racked up an impressive 14 Emmy nominations and left off with a bit of a cliffhanger, leading many to wonder when a possible second season might be coming down the pipeline. And now it looks like Big Little Lies' sophomore season just got a lot more likely.
TV Line is reporting that Big Little Lies is in the early stages of development for a possible Season 2. Liane Moriarty, who wrote the novel that Big Little Lies was adapted from, is currently crafting a story for the show's second season, using the characters she invented. HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed this at the Television Critics Association's press tour, which should be exciting news for the many fans of HBO's newest miniseries.
While Season 1 of Big Little Lies certainly left the possibilities of new episodes open, there were some odds stacked against it. To start, Liane Moriarty's novel ended almost exactly like the show did, so there was no more material to adapt for the small screen. Additionally, Big Little Lies' director/producer Jean-Marc Vallée has been adamant that the story should end, considering how flawless the conclusion was.
But Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have been vocal about wanting the show to continue, should the pieces all come together. And considering the impressive amount of Emmy noms that the first season accrued, HBO would definitely love for another season to be produced. Although smart money says Jean-Marc Vallée won't be back to direct another season.
As far as Big Little Lies' narrative goes, there is no shortage of stories to explore in a second season. The climax of Season 1 revolved around the realization that Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) was actually Jane Chapman's rapist and the father of her son Ziggy. And when a physical confrontation involving four of the women and Perry ignited, Zoe Kravitz's Bonnie pushed him to his death. The after effects of this event can provide plenty of material for Season 2. Jane and Celeste must cope with their shared abuser, and the realization that Ziggy is Celeste twins' half brother. Bonnie' history of abuse from the novel can be explored for the first time as well.
And perhaps even more significant is the fact that the five leading women are now sharing a deadly secret. They're the only ones who know what really happened to Perry, and keeping the secret is likely not going to be easy, given their respective personalities. Additionally, Detective Quinlan seems to know they're lying, and she was clearly spying on their group trip to the beach during the show's final scene.
Big Little Lies' first season is currently available on HBO On Demand and its streaming services. We'll be sure to update you on the potential Season 2, and you can check our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.