'Big Little Lies' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Ask and you shall receive: After a swarm of messages from fans demanding it, HBO announced Big Little Lies is officially returning for a second season. It makes total sense why the network wants to continue this franchise. For one, people loved it: The season-one finale brought in a whopping 1.9 million viewers, which is huge for premium cable. It was also a critical favorite, sweeping both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Will lightning strike twice, though? Based on what HBO's released about season two, it seems like yes. The brand has all the ingredients to make a phenomenal second season (including Meryl Streep).

Until then, here's everything we know about Big Little Lies season two:

It will premiere in June 2019. Nicole Kidman revealed this December 31, 2018, on New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. “June, I think. We’re looking at June,” she said. “We’re still in the midst of editing it, but, um, thanks for asking' ’cause we’re glad that people are excited about it.”

Most of the original cast is expected to return. HBO has only confirmed Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman at this point. However, the network said in a press release most of season one's cast is expected to return, and negotiations are underway. All the original actresses are said to be receiving significant pay bumps, as well.

Alexander Skarsgård is back too. His character, Perry Wright, was murdered at the end of season one, but TV Line confirms he'll still pop up around Monterrey, California—presumably in the form of flashbacks. Of course, Skarsgård did tell people.com, "I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not," but he was most likely just teasing.

Season two will be just as dramatic (and violent) as the first. In its original release, HBO teased that "relationships will fray" and "loyalties will erode" in season two. Plus, "the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom." So that basically means someone's going to get hurt.

There will be seven episodes. Just like season one.

David E. Kelley, the screenwriter who crafted season one, is returning. He'll write all seven scripts for season two, based on a story conceived by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Andrea Arnold will direct season two. She's directed episodes for some of the best shows on TV, including Transparent and I Love Dick, along with some incredible indie films, like American Honey. She's replacing Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed all seven episodes in season one and is returning to season two as an executive producer.

Meryl Streep is joining the cast. Which is a huge deal. She'll be playing Mary Louise Wright, the mother of deceased Perry, who comes to Monterrey concerned for her grandchildren.

She's not the only new character, either. Casting is underway for Bonnie's (Zoë Kravitz) parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. In addition, there will be a new employee at Otter Bay School who befriends Jane, and together they swap their "deepest secrets." Finally, a new socially conscious teacher at Otter Bay, Michael Perkins, will cause drama when his lessons about global warning give Amabella panic attacks. (Can't this girl live for five seconds?) The actors for the latter two characters haven't been announced yet. Dennis O'Hare is also joining the cast as Ira Farber.

It starts with the first five women in a police lineup. Witherspoon teased the photo on Monday, January 7.

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Published at Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:30:00 +0000