Big Little Lies season 2 is officially moving forward. The show, based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name, was a breakout hit last spring, winning eight Emmy awards and amassing widespread critical acclaim. It was particularly praised for its addictive, twist-filled story line, sweeping visuals, and high grade cast, which drew powerhouse stars like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern away from film and onto TV.
Though initially billed as a mini-series, the overwhelmingly positive response quickly sparked discussions of a potential season 2. However, since its first seven episodes had covered the full narrative of her book, Moriarty was asked to come up with ideas that might move the story forward. In July, reports emerged that the show had entered into early development, and now it seems it’s been fast-tracked for production.
TV Line's sources are confirming that HBO, the show’s network, is eyeing a spring 2018 production start for Big Little Lies’ second season. HBO declined to confirm the renewal to TV Line directly, but shortly after the news broke, Variety reported that Witherspoon - one of the show's main stars and executive producers - had dropped out of Noah Hawley’s (Fargo, Legion) upcoming drama, Pale Blue Dot. She had been attached to star in and produce the film since 2015, and filming was slated to begin early next year. With Big Little Lies returning, however, it seems Witherspoon couldn’t fit both projects into her schedule.
The prospect of a Big Little Lies season 2 has been conflicting for both viewers and the series’ team itself. Witherspoon and Kidman have been staunch supporters of the idea, while others, like director Jean-Marc Vallée, have been more hesitant. He initially told Vulture there was “no reason” to continue the show, but later backtracked and said he, too, would like to see it happen.
It’s a fine line to navigate, because while the first season was brilliant, a second could easily feel forced. This was a specific, self-contained narrative intended for only one run, and making a second season simply because of fan demand might ruin an otherwise great story. That being said, Big Little Lies is backed by some of the most in-demand talent in Hollywood, and HBO has proved itself as a hub for rich, prestige content. If they’re on board, there must be something there worth exploring.
A premiere date for Big Little Lies season 2 has not yet been announced.