Remember when the mini-series Big Little Lies wrapped things up and it felt like a satisfactory ending? I mean, we found out who was murdered, why they were killed, and how each of the individual storylines were intertwined. It felt finite. But in the grand tradition of dragging things out, it looks like a second season of the show (which was advertised as “limited”) might be possible.
Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book the series is based on, has been tinkering around with ways to continue the story. And no, this wasn’t because she randomly felt like it. The producers of the HBO project asked her to.
“I have started to think about ways this could continue,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens. I’m absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again. And there’s definitely places you can go.”
Sure, the story could absolutely continue because not every question was answered. We still don’t know how Madeline’s (Reese Witherspoon) marriage will fair in the wake of her infidelity, if Jane (Shailene Woodley) plans on telling her son who his birth father is, or if Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) son Max continues to display abusive behavior. Plus, there’s a whole lot to unpack with regard to Bonnie’s (Zoe Kravitz) reaction during that scuffle at the fundraiser.
Moriarty agrees, saying the first thing she would do is “bring in more of Bonnie’s story from the book.” But that wouldn’t be it. She continued, “And also what happens next [for Kidman’s Celeste]. That’s the question that’s also a really interesting thing, when you’ve been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? How would she feel? 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.”
Even so, I feel like these questions are best left to the imagination. What’s wrong with leaving the show as it is, with just one season? In a time where everything is getting a sequel or a reboot, it’s nice to see a well-executed project that hasn’t been completely drained of all the things that made it great. I think we should listen to James Bay and just let it go.
(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: screencap)
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