‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Was Never Supposed To Happen

Sunday belongs to Big Little Lies for one final week, and we aren’t ready to say goodbye. Though many fans were nervous about Season 2 of the hit HBO series living up to the first season, the new storyline is just as compelling as the original. Season 2 of Big Little Lies pulls back the curtain and deals with the real issues that arise following the “happily ever after” moment in the season finale of the first season. But, as delightful as the new episodes are to watch, Big Little Lies was never supposed to get a second season.

Big Little Lies Season Two Cast
Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep | Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Season 2

In order for Season 2 to happen, first and foremost there needed to be a storyline for the characters. Nobody understood the Monterrey Five better than Liane Moriarty, the show’s executive producer and author of the eponymous book that the show is based upon. But Moriarty admitted that though she was supportive of a second season, she originally had no interest in writing it.

A one-off

And Moriarty was by no means alone in her hesitancy. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Big Little Lies’ showrunner, David E. Kelley said that the show was written to have one, stand-alone season. “We wrote it as a one-off and we ended it in a way that was very lyrical. But we ended on a lie. I get so protective of characters and series, too, that I don’t want to damage them in any way, and I so loved how we ended year one and I thought, Let’s just leave it at that,” Kelley confessed.

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The Cast

Even the cast of the show was ready to hang up their hats following the show’s first season. Nicole Kidman, who brilliantly portrays Celeste Wright, says that Season 2 of Big Little Lies just sort of happened. “The show itself is its own force. We were all like, ‘No, we’re done,’ and it pulled us back in. Reese and I just look at each other and go, ‘How did we get here?'” the Academy Award winner said in a recent interview.

Meryl Streep

So how did season 2 of Big Little Lies even come to pass when there was originally so much hesitancy from all parties? Two words: Meryl Streep. Moriarty began envisioning a new role, which Streep would play. With the introduction of a new character, suddenly the storyline took off. And when Streep herself agreed to play the role of Mary Louise Wright, without ever having read a script, things quickly fell into place and all parties were completely onboard for a second season.

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New episodes

We’re so happy that the stars aligned to give us new episodes of this outstanding show. Season 2 of Big Little Lies adds an incredible layer of depth to the story that is really important for viewers to experience. Ultimately, the whole series is a commentary of the complexities of female friendships and motherhood, and the world could certainly do with exploring and understanding both of those themes a whole lot more.