Although several key members of the team behind HBO’s smash hit “Big Little Lies” don’t think the miniseries should get a second season – including director Jean-Marc Vallée – one person is open to the possibility: author Liane Moriarty.
The show is based on Moriarty’s novel of the same name, and covers the entire book. It’s for this reason that Vallée and others don’t think a second season is necessary. However, Moriarty, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, said she’d be open to the idea:
I have started to think about ways this could continue. The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens.
“I’m absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again. And there’s definitely places you can go,” she added.
Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star in the show, which is bookended by a murder. It also tackles tough subject matter such as domestic abuse and bullying. The victim and the killer’s identities are kept underwraps until the last moments of the show.
[MAJOR spoilers for season 1 below. Do not continue if you do not wish to know the ending of the show/book.]
As for where the story could go from here, Moriarty explained that she might like to see the show explore Bonnie’s (Zoë Kravitz) background. In the book it is revealed that Bonnie was abused by her father, which was a major catalyst for her rage toward Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), in which she pushed him to his death. However, the show never explicitly revealed that information about Bonnie, something that confused Moriarty. She said:
My original reaction was what have they done? How have they left that out? But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what was Bonnie’s true story], there had been little hints and that you can take that away. It’s implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there but I wouldn’t argue against it either. It also leaves open the possibility of season two.
The author also said she’d like to see where Celeste’s (Kidman) story goes after the death of her husband:
How would she feel? She’s grieving. She’s still grieving for the end of a terrible relationship and I think that would be a really interesting thing to explore. So there’s a whole lot of different storylines.
HBO has not announced plans for a second season. All seven episodes of “Big Little Lies” are currently available on HBO Go and HBO Now.