The finale of Big Little Lies just aired on Sunday, but what about a second season? Recently, star Nicole Kidman and director Jean-Marc Vallée spoke with TVLine and The Hollywood Reporter about a possible second season of the HBO TV series.
Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the drama followed the dark personal lives of seemingly perfect mothers living in Monterey, Calif. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, and Jeffrey Nordling.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Big Little Lies was always intended as a limited series, and Vallée insists there will be no season two:
The detective doesn’t want to let go and that’s how we finish that. And we think, “Did they do the right thing? What will happen?” Now it’s up to the audience and their imagination to figure out. 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?”
While the director says there won’t be a second season, Kidman says she’s open to the possibility if the book’s author has more stories:
Yeah, well, Liane [Moriarty], because it’s her story. She concocted it. And then David [E. Kelley], because he then took it to the series level. So between Liane and David, I would hope that they could come up with something… I mean, it took us six months to shoot this. So we all went, “Uh… OK!” I think if there was something compelling and extraordinary that they could come up with, then would we want to go and embody these women again? That would be a beautiful prospect.
And for us, I think there’s also a strength in terms of our friendship. All five of us, there’s a very, very strong connection through what it took to get the series made, you know? But there’s certainly nothing [about Season 2] now, nothing that’s solid or anything. I mean, it was a lot to get it to this point! [Laughs] There are so many moving parts to this series that would be impossible not to have again. And who knows if it’s meant to be finite? But all of us, I think, feel so connected to it. And that it’s had an impact, that it’s penetrated the very, very dense world of television… there are so many shows! But I love that people are responding to it. I love the emotional attachment to it. It’s very rare.”
What do you think? Did you watch Big Little Lies? Do you want a second season or should it be left as a mini-series?