We know that Big Little Lies season 2 is just premiering this weekend, but let’s go ahead and get crazy. Why not start to think about season 3 already? It may not happen for years, and it may not even happen at all, but if season 2 is good, you got to think people are going to want it.
From an HBO standpoint, they’ll probably be bowing down to every single person involved in Big Little Lies in order to get more. Just think about it! This is probably going to be one of their highest rated shows now the Game of Thrones is over, and it’s going to continue to be an award-show darling pending some shockingly terrible ending that sends reviews right into the toilet. (Ironically, that could also happen to Game of Thrones.) They have no reason to pump the brakes on this, even if HBO likes to work from this position of strength where they don’t want to bring things back unless they know they’re going to be good.
For the cast of Big Little Lies at the moment, it feels like they’re mostly in the “keeping our options open” phase of thinking. They’re not 100% committing to a season 3, but they’re not exactly shutting it down either. Take, for example, what Nicole Kidman had to say about the subject via Forbes:
“There’s no plan for it specifically. It was a long shoot for us, and it an enormous amount of work. We’re just amazed that we can be here And, the success of the first one was so massive so, we go, ‘Okay, let’s jump off the cliff.’ But, at the same time, [season two] is its own entity and hopefully it will be taken in that way. It was definitely made with an enormous amount of love.”
These comments are somewhat in contrast to what a lot of people were saying early on in Big Little Lies season 1. After all, it was built originally as a limited series, and that made sense because that’s all the Liane Moriarty source material there was. Times have changed a little bit since then, though, and if Moriarty has a great idea (like she did for season 2), and the cast is interested in doing more, you got to let the story keep moving. That’s what it’s going to come down to. We’re not sure that Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, or the rest of the cast would want to be on board for more with that Moriarty’s involvement, but if she has that aforementioned idea, and they can work it out schedule-wise, why not consider it?
We just think that, if you’re HBO, there’s really no pressure to announce anything at some point in the next month or two. Just let most of season 2 air out, that way you’re giving the show a sense of finality. It’s probably more useful if people think that Big Little Lies season 2 could be the end, that way they’re not thinking so much ahead. You want to live in the moment, and you want to think that these actions of these women could make-or-break the rest of their lives. It’s not really beneficial to think that there are going to be opportunities for them to deal with the aftermath later.
Meanwhile, let us know if you’re going to be thinking about a Big Little Lies season 3 regardless of what’s being said in the press. (Photo: HBO.)
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