‘Big Little Lies’: New Set Photos and More Spoilers We Already Know About Season 2

Cut-throat helicopter moms with an ax to grind. Juicy themes we can’t get enough of. Idyllic scenes set in Monterey Bay. That’s right, we’re talking about Big Little Lies, the hit HBO series that soared to the top of the must-see list in no time. And we are totally hooked.

If you’re looking for something to smile about, there’s this: The Emmy-award-winning show has officially begun production of Season 2. And here’s everything we know so far.

1. Madeline and Renata could become good friends

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern on the set of Big Little Lies Season 2

Friends or frenemies? | Reese Witherspoon via Instagram

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are the A-list actresses behind the show’s Madeline Martha McKenzie and Renata Klein, respectively. And both women captivated viewers from the very start.

Following their slam-dunk performances in Season 1, Madeline and Renata, who were frenemies up until the very last episode, just may become friends in Season 2. How do we know? Well, this photo of the two women on a coffee date leads us to believe it.

But does our sinking suspicion have merit, or could it just be another mean-girl encounter? We’ll have to wait and see.

Next: Could the villain be coming back?

2. Perry will be back

Alexander Skarsgård as Perry White on Big Little Lies

We’re not sure what form Perry will be in when we see him. | HBO

Perry Wright? The Perry Wright who abused his wife and raped at least one other woman? Yes, that Perry, the man who was married to Celeste, Nicole Kidman’s character.

Played by Alexander Skarsgård, Perry is rumored to be returning for Season 2. Despite the fact that (spoiler alert!) he died at the end of Season 1, the character is slated to come back in some form. Whether it be through flashbacks or as a ghost, we’re not quite sure.

Next: This has been the most-talked-about addition to the show.

3. Meryl Streep will play Perry’s mother

Meryl Streep attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards

This major movie star is coming to the small screen for a special role. | John Phillips/Getty Images

With Perry gone (despite the fact that he will return in some way), the Wright family will be left to deal with the aftermath of his death. He may have been a deplorable human being — abusive husband and rapist — but still, he’s left a widow and two fatherless boys behind.

HBO’s solution to all that? Well, the network has signed Meryl Streep on to play his mother, Mary Louise Wright. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she “is described as a woman concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death. She arrives in Monterey searching for answers.”

Streep just may be the perfect person to tackle the complicated role, but will her star power completely overpower the rest of the cast? Only time will tell.

Next: Where will Madeline’s relationship go?

4. Ed will deal with his marriage issues

Adam Scott and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies

Ed and Madeline have some issues to work out. | HBO

Even when he’s playing the obnoxious sibling in Step Brothers, there’s just something about Adam Scott that’s oh-so-lovable. And the case is no different in Big Little Lies. In Season 1, we witnessed the easily-digestible, albeit somewhat uncomfortable, marriage between Madeline and Ed, played by Scott.

Thus far, Ed’s been the karaoke-singing, Elvis-costume-donning music guy. But the other drumstick’s about to drop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed “will confront major changes in his marriage to Madeline” in Season 2.

So, will he find out about her affair? Will he man up and demand more respect? It’s anybody’s guess.

Next: Ed’s not the only one with marriage issues. 

5. Nathan and Bonnie face challenges in their marriage

James Tupper and Zoe Kravitz on Big Little Lies

This couple doesn’t have an easy road ahead either. | HBO

Played by James Tupper, Nathan Carlson is Madeline’s care-free ex-husband. His wife, Bonnie Carlson, played by Zoe Kravitz, is the cool, sexy, organic-loving yogi Madeline loves to hate — at least up until the last episode of Season 1, that is.

But come Season 2, fans will see Nathan deal with complex events in his marriage and with his daughter, Abby.

Next: Two more characters join the roster.

6. Bonnie’s parents will play a role

Zoe Kravitz as Bonnie in Big Little Lies

We’re going to learn a lot more about this character. | HBO

According to sources, HBO will be adding two more characters to the mix — Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. While Elizabeth is credited with having passed on her Zen qualities, she will eventually show her true character, which is said to be controlling and abusive.

Bonnie’s emotionally distant father is also rumored to appear in Season 2.

Next: A new companion for Jane

7. Jane may have a love interest in Season 2

Douglas Smith attends the premiere of TNT's 'The Alienist' on January 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Douglas Smith could have a compelling role on the series. | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

Come Season 2, Douglas Smith will join the cast as Jane’s co-worker. If you were a fan of Big Love, another one of HBO’s hit series, then you know who Smith is. But this time around, Smith will play a character who is the polar opposite to the one he played on the series about polygamy.

In Season 2 of Big Little Lies, Smith has been cast to play Corey Brockfield, whom Deadline describes as “an off-beat surfer, aspiring marine biologist and Jane’s (Shailene Woodley) co-worker.” And furthermore, he may wind up being Jane’s love interest.

Next: Don’t worry about this young actor not coming back.

8. Despite his new role, Ziggy will return to Big Little Lies

Iain Armitage as Ziggy on Big Little Lies

This young actor has been very busy. | HBO

You may have seen Iain Armitage on another popular show. Armitage stars in CBS’s Big Bang Theory spinoff, Young Sheldon. But don’t worry, because the young actor has enough talent to go around.

He will return to play Ziggy, Jane’s son, for Season 2.

Next: Production roles are changing.

9. The author of the book will write the story for Season 2

Author Liane Moriarty attends the premiere of HBO's "Big Little Lies" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 7, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

We’re glad that the story will come from the same woman. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Because the show is based on the book of the same name, Big Little Lies was originally intended to be a single series show. Lucky for us, though, critical acclaim and an instant, die-hard fan base created high demand for a second season. But with a second season comes the need to script seven episodes from scratch, which means the behind-the-scenes roles are changing.

While Jean-Marc Vallée directed Season 1, he’ll be passing the reigns to Andrea Arnold. Vallée will, however, retain his role as an executive producer, Vulture reports. And David E. Kelley will write the entire season based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the book.

Next: Don’t get too excited just yet.

10. The show isn’t coming back until 2019

The poster for HBO's 'Big Little Lies.'

There’s a long wait ahead. | HBO

Obviously, we know Big Little Lies is coming back. And we’re thanking our lucky stars for that. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, there’s this: Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until 2019 for the return of Monterey’s finest — and most complex.

Season 2 will not return until 2019, HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter. Until then, we’ll be waiting with bated breath.

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