Big Little Lies‘ finale aired last night and that’s supposed to be that. Most of the questions were answered, and I say “most,” because they didn’t answer two of my most important questions: 1. Why didn’t anyone dress as Audrey Hepburn in Bloodline (her most glamorous look) to that Audrey/Elvis party? And 2. Is Ziggy’s auntie Eleven from Stranger Things, because those two are definitely related.
Big Little Lies was always meant to be a limited-run miniseries, but since it’s a critical and ratings hit, and Nicole Kidman will probably win every award imaginable, there’s been talk about HBO bringing it back for a second season. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed all seven episodes, doesn’t think they should continue the story, but Reese Witherspoon (who will always be Laura Jeanne Poon to me) and Nicole Kidman do. Oh, I thought of a third question that wasn’t answered. Are Madeline and Ed secretly Monterey’s biggest drug kingpins, because how else can they afford that beach house on a part-time community theater manager and web designer’s salaries? If they do more episodes, they better answer that.
Jean-Marc Vallée said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that if it was up to him, there would be no second season:
To do a season two, I’m not for it. Let’s move on and do something else! If there’s an opportunity to reunite with Reese, Nicole and these characters of course, I’ll be a part of it, but Big Little Lies One is a one-time deal. Big Little Lies Two? Nah. The end is for the audience to talk about. Imagine what you want to imagine and that’s it. We won’t give you a season two because it’s so good like this. Why spoil it?
Sources told TVLine that HBO has no plans to order more episodes.
Reese and Nicole were both executive producers on Big Little Lies. They’ve also optioned Truly Madly Guilty, which is the latest novel written by Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book that the Big Little Lies TV show was based on. Reese said in an Instagram live chat on Friday that they’ve been talking to Liane about ideas for season two and that the fans should spit our their ideas too.
“One of the main questions everyone keeps asking us is, is there going to be a season two. We’ve been talking with the writer, and you guys should Facebook Liane Moriarty and tell her how much you want to see Big Little Lies 2. That would be good. She’s thinking about ideas, and so we would love to hear ideas.”
Nicole Kidman also said that there should be a second season.
I’m with the people screaming NOOOOOO to the idea of a second season. More shows need to be like novelas. They need to end after a few months instead of going on and on for years. Big Little Lies was perfect, and HBO would probably fuck it up True Detective-style if they brought it back for a second season. But since this is Hollywood we’re talking about, I’m sure it’ll be announced next week that Freeform is doing a millennial Big Little Lies reboot starring the cast of Pretty Little Liars. It’s inevitable.
And here’s Nicole wearing a dress made from a twee memaw’s powder room wallpaper while doing kissy poses with Keith Urban at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas last night.
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