What will Big Little Lies Season 2 be about?
This is the trickiest part about prognosticating about Big Little Lies. Where Season 1 had the storytelling roadmap provided by Liane Moriarty's novel, which was set in Australia but had a similar narrative, Season 2 will be soaring into the unknown. There is currently no sequel to Moriarty's book. However, the writer will be providing the story for the show, which David E. Kelly will then adapt into what we see.
Although, based on the first official teaser image shared of Season 2, if not in a flashback, it appears the next season picks up right where the first left off: with the women called into questioning as suspects for Perry’s murder. Even though things seemed sunny at the end of last season with the core cast banding together and galavanting on the beach -- it’s possible now that they must reckon with what happened, finally face those pesky witnesses whose comments filed through Season 1, and face some sort of repercussions. And here is where Streep’s character may enter: Will she want justice for her son? Based on that still of her and Reese, one can only infer tensions are bound to arise with Streep’s outsider mother-in-law stepping in.
Besides what we can gather from photos that have surfaced and Streep’s casting, there’s not a ton of information out there about the scripts and official plot. Awhile back, Vulture did report on some casting breakdowns that were sent to talent agents for the show's second season and they have some tidbits that you might see. According to those, we'll be meeting the parents of Zoe Kravitz's Bonnie (played by Crystal Fox and Martin Donovan), and her mother will be revealed to be "controlling and abusive."
As for other characters, love may be in the air for Jane, as Deadline reported Douglas Smith of The Alienist is set to appear as her co-worker. And like Jane, his character is athletic, described as an “off-beat surfer” and aspiring marine biologist, which sounds like a perfect pair in the making!
The most intriguing bit of intel in the breakdowns? Deadline reports Mo McRae is cast as Michael Perkins, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who "wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students." Unsurprisingly, Laura Dern's character Renata then gets mad about this because the lessons about global warming are giving her daughter a panic attack. Please let Renata be a flat-earth truther!