On Friday morning, HBO announced that Big Little Lies has been given the green light for another season. That means both Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) will return for Season 2, which will be directed entirely by Andrea Arnold, who is best known for her work on Transparent. As someone who genuinely enjoyed the first season of Big Little Lies, you would think I would be celebrating the show’s renewal. Think again. [Spoilers ahead]
According to Vulture, Season 2 will introduce Michael Perkins, the kids’ new second-grade teacher who riles up Renata Klein (Laura Dern) after he introduces lessons on global warming. Maybe this guy will be the target of the ladies’ wrathful suburban fury? I wouldn’t count on it.
Don’t get me wrong, Big Little Lies was a phenomenal series. Nicole Kidman was an absolute force. The show managed to portray domestic abuse with nuance, and integrity (not easily done). The setting was breathtaking, and the soundtrack was killer.
Most importantly, the ending felt final. The stakes were high and the show delivered. Loose ends were tied, violent men were killed, and I was happy. There was no more cattiness, no more abuse, just pure motherly love.
When I finished the seventh and final episode of Season 1, I felt the satisfactory amount of full. The miniseries had been the perfect meal.
So why, HBO, are you handing me the dessert menu when I insisted I was done?
I know why. Big Little Lies walked away with 8 awards at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. No way in Monterey would the network let that kind of show ride off into the sunset. And yes, there were many fans clamoring to see a follow-up season from the series. And yes, Andrea Arnold is a brilliant directorial choice for the series.
But, what ever happened to “if you love something let it go?” Or “moderation is key?” Or “Quit while you’re ahead?”
And before you give me the whole, “you can just choose not to watch it,” of course I am going to watch it. If you bring out a dessert that I did not order and place it on my table, I will eat it. I don’t care if I am full. I will eat it.
So with that said, I’ll catch y’all when Season 2 rolls around.