'Big Little Lies' season 2 will see Meryl Streep's Mary Louise Wright stir things up for the Monterey Five

'Big Little Lies' season 2 will see Meryl Streep's Mary Louise Wright stir things up for the Monterey Five

The Monterey Five - Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) - will be back in the second season of HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The show will pick up right where we left the five mothers who came together in the first season, after Perry Wright's death. Celeste's husband was pushed down the stairs by Bonnie while she tried to save Celeste from being physically abused. However, the officials do no know that as the five women band together to claim that Perry's death was accidental. 

A still of Celeste with her mother-in-law Mary Louise Wright in 'Big Little Lies' season 2. (Source: HBO)

Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata, and Bonnie try to move on with their lives in the second season but Celeste's mother-in-law Mary Louise Wright (Meryl Streep) decides to visit. From the first look and the trailer of the show that has been released so far, we can tell that Mary will be the catalyst to the five women falling apart after what they have done. For instance, in the trailer, Mary has a conversation with Celeste when she says, "You don't believe that my son just slipped." She has come to Monterey looking for answers after her son's death and she is not likely to back down. Celeste tells her that she did give her the answers but Mary is certain that her daughter-in-law left out crucial details. She says, "You were going to leave him. You learnt of his infidelity 10 seconds before he died," further insinuating that Celeste had a hand in Perry's death. 


And amid all of this, the detective who is investigating Perry's death is trying to break one of them who will confess the truth because she is still suspicious about the way things happened. Madeline rightly notes that "the detective is trying to put pressure on us, so that one of us breaks." Celeste 'still feels responsible for the accident',  while Bonnie is paranoid and thinks that it is going to get them all - 'the lie'. They also realize the damage that the incident has done, especially their actions and all of this snowballs further as Mary's insinuation disturbs Celeste's mental health, enough to make her think of herself as a monster? This could be the one thing that the detective is looking for - a break, a chink in the armor, that she can use to strengthen her suspicions about Perry's death. 


A still of the Monterey Five from 'Big Little Lies' season 2. (Souce: HBO)

While the makers are still tightlipped about the show itself, at the Television Critics Association panel held in February 'The Post' actor revealed more about her role in the show. She said that Mary is, "someone who is dealing with whatever the deficits of her parenting were…and how you can’t go back in time and fix something. I just I felt like I had something to give to this piece." 

According to Entertainment Weekly, it was also revealed by creator David E. Kelley that the role was written keeping Streep in mind. Speaking about being a part of the show, Meryl said, "I loved this show. I was addicted to it. I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don’t know about people, about family, about friends, how it flirted with the mystery of things, what was unsaid, unshown, unknown, was sort of the gravitational pull of the piece, and it was so exciting so…I wanted to do it to be part of that world."


'Big Little Lies' season 2 will premiere on HBO on June 9. 

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