Five plot developments we would love to see in season two of 'Big Little Lies'
With Meryl Streep coming in as Mary Louise Wright and Perry Wright being revealed as Jane's abuser, the second season of 'Big Littles Lies' could see some major changes in the Monterey Five's lives
HBO is set to premiere the new season of 'Big Little Lies' on June 9, with the Monterey Five's lives now all the more intertwined with a murder at the end of season one and the massive secret that they now share.
The show revolves around the lives of Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline, Nicole Kidman’s Celeste, Shailene Woodley’s Jane, Laura Dern’s Renata, and Zoë Kravitz’s Bonnie, and is set in the picturesque seaside town of Monterey. With season two almost here, here is what we expect to see unfurl with the Monterey Five and their families:
1. Mary Louise Wright's cold war with Celeste
Meryl Streep's joining the cast of 'Big Little Lies' in season two is probably the show's biggest selling point, especially since she will be seen as Celeste's mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright. The tension between Mary and Celeste is visible from the trailer of the show; for instance, Mary has a conversation with Celeste when she says, "You don't believe that my son just slipped." Mary is also skeptical of Celeste's friends and insinuates that she has a hand in Perry Wright's murder. With the tension building, we can expect a full-fledged war of minds between the two characters as Mary decides to live with Celeste and her grandchildren.
2. Character development for Bonnie
In season one, Bonnie turned into a major character only towards the end, after she noticed the abusive relationship that Celeste and Perry shared. In the novel by Liane Moriarty on which the show is based, Bonnie notices the signs of abuse as she experienced domestic violence up close when her father abused her mother during her childhood. Season one of the show does not touch upon Bonnie's backstory at all, and the character serves only as a foil for other characters like Madeleine and her ex Nathan.
3. Madeleine's affair with Joseph
Madeleine's extramarital affair with Joseph was an important part of season one, as it had implications for both the families as well as Madeleine's image of the "perfect wife" that she has created for herself and is of utmost importance to her. By the end of season one, we know that both Madeleine's and Joseph's spouses are suspicious of the affair, and the string that holds together the lie may come loose anytime. The second season might see some resolution for Madeleine's conflict with herself with respect to whether she is in love with Joseph or not, and whether she should end her passionless marriage with Ed.
4. Jane's new relationship
Jane Chapman, for the most part of season one, was shown as the show's most disturbed character, as she suffers from PTSD and constantly tries to chase down her rapist. But by the end of the season, we see Jane taking Tom The Nice Coffee Man as her date to the Otter Bay fundraiser. This could mean a romantic relationship for Jane in season two, as it turns out that Tom isn't gay, after all! The second season could be a far less distressing one for Jane as she also finds out that Perry was her assaulter, at the end of season one.
5. Max Wright's bullying
By the end of season one, it was also revealed it is Max who was bullying Renata Klein's daughter, Amabella, and not Jane's son Ziggy. The bullying is explained as inherited from Max's abusive father, Perry, although it is unclear whether the children knew of the abuse or not. Season two will see how this plays out between the kids, as Ziggy was initially accused of bullying Amabella. Ziggy is also Josh and Max Wright's biological half-brother, now we know that Perry Wright was Jane's abuser.
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