Why HBO’s President Says a Third Season of ‘Big Little Lies’ Isn’t Realistic

Big Little Lies has a lot going for it, including a remarkable cast of women that make the show what it is. The leading women of the show – Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman – are enough to make those of us watching at home want a third installment of the show.

Many fans are wondering if the show will be back for a third season, and sadly, it doesn’t look very likely. The second season has seen the addition of Meryl Streep, and fans are rightly hooked and wanting more. HBO’s president Casey Bloys finally addresses the controversy.

Will there be a third season of ‘Big Little Lies?’

'Big Little Lies' cast on stage
‘Big Little Lies’ cast| Lester Cohen/WireImage

Bloys told TVLine, “I love this group of people – I would do anything with them. But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood. We have deals with some of them — Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show The Undoing with us. I just think it’s not realistic.”

He then reiterated the unrealistic factor of it all. “Look, if they all came to me and said, ‘We worked out all of our schedules!’ – then sure,” he said. “But I just don’t think it’s realistic.”

‘Big Little Lies’ Episode 6 “The Bad Mother”

The sixth episode of the second season entitled “The Bad Mother” was full of shock and awe. It was sad to watch the custody battle unfold in the courtroom between Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Mary Louise Wright (Meryl Streep). It was an ugly battle that proved to be every bit as horrid as fans believed it would be.

The worst part to watch was Celeste unable to defend herself through it all. Mary Louise had hired someone to follow Celeste’s every move, with photographic evidence to back it all up. On top of everything else fans already knew about, including her Ambien use, car accident, and one-night stand, this behavior doesn’t appear to be that out of character for Celeste anymore.

Laura Dern again steals the show

Laura Dern on the red carpet
Laura Dern | Rich Polk/Getty Images for Audi

This episode also brings the audience to Renata’s (Laura Dern) very empty mansion. It’s soon revealed that her crappy husband Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling) has been cheating on her with the nanny, Juliette. This isn’t that hard to believe given what we know about Gordon. He is a grown man with numerous toy trains.

At a bankruptcy hearing, we see Juliette demand money, a cool $150,000 for “other services rendered.” But it’s alright, Renata gets her revenge on Gordon in the car in true Renata-style.

There will be a satisfying end to the series

Season two of Big Little Lies ends on July 21, and fans now have some semblance of hope that it will be a satisfying one. “Season two was a chance for everyone involved to end [the franchise] in a way that feels satisfying,” Bloys also said to TVLine.

This gives those of us watching at home a much-needed breath of relief that the series will at least conclude in a satisfying way. We’ll find out soon enough.