What You Need to Know About Big Little Lies Season 2

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Those lies? They might not be so little anymore.

HBO released the first teaser trailer for Big Little Lies season two, and with it some tantalizing new information about the group of women now known as “the Monterey five.” The trailer, which came along with June 9 premiere date announcement, features all your favorites. There’s Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz all back, hiding things, like Perry’s death.

According to HBO, season two “will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

Find out what else we know about season two below.

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Everyone is back, including Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Adam Scott, except for Alexander Skarsgard, at least in any regular capacity. Since he’s dead, and all. 

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David E. Kelley wrote all the scripts for the new season. Kelley, who was nominated for an Emmy for writing Big Little Lies season one and won one as executive producer on the then-limited series, wrote the new season from a novella done by Big Little Lies book scribe Liane Moriarty.

“We went to Liane [Moriarty, author of the original novel] and asked, ‘Do you see any more life in these characters? You wrote the book — do you see them having life beyond what you wrote?’ She came up with a novella, which was key. David took it and thought, ‘Is there something I can do with it?’ Reese and Nicole were involved, and they felt that there was more life in the characters. Everybody approached it from a place of love and care [for] these characters and this property, and again, with a little dose of skepticism along the way,” HBO’s president of programming, Carter Ploys, told Vulture.

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As for the plot, aside from the bits and pieces we’ve heard about Bonnie and new characters, this is how HBO describes the new season: “The subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

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Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes. Oh yeah, the season will be seven episodes. Arnold won an Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action in 2005 for Wasp. She’s helmed episodes of I Love Dick and Transparent, in addition to Wuthering Heights.

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Season two picks up right where season one left off, with the women coming together on the beach, and is very much about the aftermath of everything that happened in the first season—the aftermath of abuse for Celeste, especially when the partner is dead, the aftermath of telling that lie about how Perry died, the aftermath of Jane’s rapist finally being gone. It’s about how people deal with trauma after the fact. Viewers will also go back in time and see what happened after the infamous push, according to scenes in the trailer.

“When we come back, their lives, like all of our lives, seem very well put together on the surface but then the fissures and the fractures being to emerge,” EP David E. Kelley said. “Once the crevices start to widen, it escalates pretty quickly.” 

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Streep plays Mary Louise, the mother of the deceased Perry, and she’s looking for answers. 

“I’m playing someone who is dealing with whatever the defecits of her parenting were, whatever the mysteries and how you can’t go back in time and fix something, all those issues,” she explained. “That was interesting to me.” 

While it may sound like her relationship with Celeste could be tricky, she said of their mother/daughter in law bond,” I do love her, and that’s the truth.” 

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In the trailer, Meryl Streep’s Mary Louise Wright says she wants answers, and she knows she’s not going to get them from Madeline.

“My son is dead. I want to know what happened that night. I’m very tempted to ask you, but I don’t think I would get the truth, would I?” Mary Louise says.

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In the trailer, it’s revealed Bonnie, Celeste, Madeline, Jane and Renata are now known as “the Monterey five.”

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Season one featured various other Monterey residents offering their observations about what was going on, but Kelley says that through season one, it felt as if that element needed to go away. It’s no longer present in season two, which “changes the tone of it,” though there’s still a mix of comedy and drama. 

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There are new characters coming to create drama for the returning characters. According to Vulture, HBO is seeking actors to take on new roles including Michael Perkins, a new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who pisses off Renata (Dern) when his global warming lessons give Amabella a panic attack. Then there’s a new employee at the school who befriends Jane (Woodley), with the two eventually sharing secrets. Also expect to meet Bonnie’s (Kravitz) parents as we get to know Bonnie and her reaction to what happened at the end of season one. 

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Kelley says the second season doesn’t so much broaden the world of the show but it deepens it to learn how the lie about Perry is going to “permeate the world of Monterey.” 

Kidman says we shouldn’t compare season one to season two. 

“It is its own entity and hopefully it will be taken that way,” she said. “It was definitely made with an enormous amount of love.” 

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Laura Dern said it’s “thrilling for Renata to have any friends,” since she’s now a part of the group instead of being such an outsider. 

“It’s really cute that Dern’s character has girlfriends,” Witherspoon said. “All she wants to do is drink wine.” 

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In the trailer, Bonnie is seen talking to Madeline about, you know, the big little lie.

“It’s going to get us. It’s going to get us all,” Bonnie says in the trailer. “Who are you talking about?” Madeleine asks. “The lie,” Bonnie says.

Season 2 premieres Sunday, June 9 on HBO.

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