Big Little Lies was a breakout hit when it premiered on HBO in 2017. The darkly comedic drama about a group of mothers in Monterey, California quickly became appointment viewing thanks to its star-studded cast and twisty plot. After an immensely successful first season, HBO brought the show back for a second outing in 2019. Now fans are wondering – will there be a third season of Big Little Lies?
As of January 2024, HBO has not yet officially renewed Big Little Lies for a third season. However, star Nicole Kidman revealed in a Q&A event that the show would be returning. Unfortunately, she did not specify when fans could expect new episodes.
Given the fact that there was a two year gap between seasons one and two, it’s likely that if Big Little Lies is renewed, viewers will have to wait at least another year or two for more episodes. A 2025 or even 2026 release seems plausible. However, COVID-related production delays could push a potential season three even further down the line.
Though nothing is confirmed yet, it is expected that much of the main cast would come back for a hypothetical third season of Big Little Lies.
·Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright
·Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
·Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman
·Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson
·Laura Dern as Renata Klein
Supporting characters like Adam Scott’s Ed Mackenzie, Jeffrey Nordling’s Gordon Klein, James Tupper’s Nathan Carlson, and Kathryn Newton’s Abigail Carlson would also likely return. The biggest question mark is Alexander Skarsgård, who played the abusive (and now deceased) Perry Wright. While his return seems unlikely, flashbacks or dream sequences could potentially bring him back into the fold.
Season two of Big Little Lies ended on a cliffhanger, with the main characters – known as the Monterey Five – driving to the local police station together to presumably turn themselves in for their role in Perry Wright’s death. A hypothetical third season would likely pick up right where the second left off.
Bonnie, played by Zoë Kravitz, could be a main focus going forward. She is essentially the reason why Perry died and the rest of the women ended up covering for her. Exploring her psychology in more depth would make sense for season three.
Star Shailene Woodley also revealed that the child characters featured on Big Little Lies are all teenagers now instead of young kids. Seeing how the next generation deals with their mothers’ scandal and secrets could drive new storylines.
However, creator David E. Kelley could decide to take things in an entirely different direction altogether for another season. Significant time jumps allowing viewers to see how the Monterey Five deal with the fallout years later remains a possibility as well.
Audiences remain fascinated by Big Little Lies thanks to its nuanced, complicated characters and superb performances by some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses. The depth of talent involved is a key reason why movie stars like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman decided to back the series and produce it themselves. Seeing the show end prematurely would disappoint many fans.
There also simply hasn’t been a series quite like Big Little Lies before. The way it delves into very relatable but rarely seen topics – from domestic abuse to female friendship to small town pettiness – set it apart right from the very first episode. The offbeat Monterey setting itself has become almost a character unto itself at this point as well.
While nothing is set in stone yet, cautious optimism remains that viewers will get to spend more time in Monterey for a third season of Big Little Lies. If the stars align and HBO does decide to renew the hit show, audiences could be following the scandalous adventures of Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Bonnie, and Renata again as soon as 2025.
Table: Potential Storylines for Big Little Lies Season 3
Potential Season 3 Storyline
Dealing with the aftermath of Perry’s death and her role in it; Exploring her psychology more in depth
Moving on as a single mom; Dating again?; Dealing with the legal fallout
Raising Ziggy as he becomes a teenager; New romance?
Impact of scandal on her marriage and family; Empty nest syndrome as kids grow up
Financial and legal struggles amid Gordon’s bankruptcy; Played for more comedy