Big(ger) Little Lies? Author Liane Moriarty Talks Season Two Possibilities

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HBO’s Big Little Lies was one of this season’s biggest surprises and biggest hits. The adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel follows the lives of mostly white upper middle-class families in Monterey, California. We can’t quite believe that we’re not tired of those stories just yet. With a class A cast including Hollywood elites Nicole Kidman or Reese Witherspoon, it’s hard not to be pulled into their scandalous lives of betrayal, murder and elementary school drama.

As the mini-series follows the book, however, a second season of the mini-series seems unlikely. Director and executive producer Jean-Marc Vallee told Vulture that he wants to leave the future of the Monterey citizen up to the audience’s imagination:

“No, no, this is the perfect ending. There is no way; there’s no reason to make a Season 2. That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen.”

No reason to make a second season, you say? How about demand? This can’t be the end of Celeste, Madeleine and company.

Now author Liane Moriarty has spilled the beans on how she would approach a second season for these characters that she created, something that goes beyond writing another book.

“The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas”, she told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens … The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie’s story from the book.”

Now, what audiences who have not yet read the book don’t know is that Bonnie plays a much bigger part in the original text, where the relationship with her abusive father is explored. This part of Bonnie’s history makes her actions in the finale of the first season of Big Little Lies so much more interesting. It also opens up the opportunity to learn more about her character, should there be a second season.

“Aa 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”, said Moriarty. “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.”

Yet another thing that Moriarty would like to delve into is Celeste’s reaction to her abusive husband’s death (and possibly the reveal that he was Jane’s rapist and the father of Ziggy?!).

“When you’ve been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? How would she feel?” she said. “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.”

How do you feel about a possible sequel to HBO’s miniseries Big Little Lies? Do you want to see more of these characters and their interesting dynamics, or do you think they should let the series rest in peace?

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