Big Little Lies: Everything we know so far about season two

The show was filled with drama from start to finish

Big Little Lies cast

by Natalie Higgins |
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The Monterey Five are back and we'll soon be gifted with another trip to the sandy beaches of California. After that shocker in the series finale (which those of you who've read the book knew would happen in the end) what will come of Big Little Lies' main characters?

We know that Perry was an awful man who certainly deserved what happened to him, but will the truth come out in season 2? They lied to police about what really happened at the Trivia Night to protect themselves and Bonnie, but a new character is on the horizon to stir things up a little.

We've put a list together of the all important questions ahead of the new series.

What is Big Little Lies about?

Big Little Lies is a HBO series featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. It's based on a novel of the same title by Liane Moriarty which tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives take a dark turn.

Through the eyes of the three mothers, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley), the series hints that romance and a perfect marriage do not exist, while highlighting the affects of domestic abuse, rape, and above all else the power of women.

When does Big Little Lies season 2 start?

Big Little Lies season 2 starts soon! The second series airs in the US on HBO on 9th June with the UK air date the following day on 10th June on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

Is there a trailer for Big Little Lies season 2?

Yes there is a trailer for Big Little Lies. The Big Little Lies season 2 trailer has been released by HBO on YouTube. It features all the main characters with new addition to the cast Meryl Streep. She plays Perry's mother and she's determined to find out what happened to her son after he fell to his death at the Trivia Night.

Watch the Big Little Lies season 2 trailer below:

What happened in Big Little Lies season one?

Big Little Lies starts with the three main characters, Jane, Madeline and Celeste. They're all taking their kids for their first day of school. Due to the kids all being of similar ages, the three strike up a friendship.

It soon becomes clear that all three of them have their own problems: Celeste is physically abused by her husband and Madeline is resentful that her daughter from her previous marriage is growing close to her ex-husband's new wife, Bonnie. Meanwhile Jane was left to raise her son Ziggy on her own.

Jane tells them that Ziggy is in fact the result of a rape by a man named “Saxon Banks” when Jane was 19-years-old. Celeste and Madeline realise that the father is Perry's cousin, Saxon Banks, but decide to keep it from Jane.

Celeste starts seeing a counsellor and rents an apartment for herself as her marriage becomes even more violent. Ziggy is accused of bullying Amabella, though he denies it and it turns out it's Celeste's son Max who has been bullying the kids in the class, which worries Celeste that it could be due to him seeing the abuse from her husband Perry.

Perry found out that Celeste was leaving him for good so decided to follow her down to the steps where she was meeting up with Madeline and Jane. Jane got a good look at his face and immediately knew he's the one who raped her and is Ziggy's dad.

Perry attacks the women and Madeline's ex husband's wife Bonnie comes out of nowhere and shoves Perry over the edge of the balcony to his death.

Who choked Amabella in Big Little Lies?

Ziggy had been taking the blame for being the class bully, but it wasn't him who had been doing the bullying. The real person who had been bullying Amabella told her that she would "be killed dead" if she told anyone. When asked about it, Ziggy pulled up a class photo and pointed to Max, meaning it was Celeste's son who was the class bully and threatened Amabella.

Who is in the cast of Big Little Lies?

Check out our gallery of the cast below!


Cast Big Little Lies

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman plays Celeste Wright. Celeste is married to the rich and successful Perry Wright and is well-liked by all the other mothers. What they don't know is that she's a victim of domestic abuse.

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Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley plays Jane Chapman, a 24-year-old single mother who is struggling to make ends meet and has to deal with her son Ziggy being a bully. Her son is also the result of her being raped when she was 19-years-old.

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline Mackenzie. She is the best friend of Celeste and takes Jane under her wing after Jane helps her out on the first day of school. She's on her second marriage and has to deal with her teenage daughter Abigail preferring her step-mother Bonnie over her real one.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, grieving mother of recently deceased Perry, who comes to the secretive suburb in search of answers after her son 'fell' to his death.

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Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander plays Perry Wright, Celeste's husband. He has a violent streak and subjects his wife to physical abuse. He's very rich and successful.

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Laura Dern

Laura Dern plays Renata Klein, a mother who frequently argues with Madeline as her daughter Amabella accuses Madeline's son Ziggy of hitting her.

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Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz plays Bonnie Carlson, the much-younger wife of Madeline's first husband, Nathan.

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Adam Scott

Adam Scott plays Ed Mackenzie, Madeline's second husband and Chloe's father.

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James Tupper

James Tupper plays Nathan Carlson, Madeline's ex husband who is now married to Bonnie.

Is Big Little Lies on Netflix?

Despite series one of Big Little Lies making waves and being ranked among the best new breakout shows of 2017/18, Netflix have categorically denied that the show will not be added to its streaming service. Since Netflix first started up its streaming service, HBO has made it clear that they only put their programs on its own platforms.

The only way to watch the show in the UK is on Sky Atlantic or NOW TV.

Where was Big Little Lies filmed?

The series is filmed in Monterey, Malibu and Los Angeles in California. With the panoramic drives along the dramatic Pacific Coast, pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets, it's a great juxtaposition for the dark storyline.

Who wrote Big Little Lies?

Liane Moriarty wrote the novel Big Little Lies and it was published in 2014. The novel made the New York Times Best Seller list so we're not surprised that it was made into a hit TV series.

Is Big Little Lies based on a book?

Big Little Lies is based on a book. Author Liane Moriarty said her main inspiration for the story came from a radio interview she heard where a woman recounted her parents' abusive relationship. The woman narrated how she hid under her bed to escape her parents' fighting, an experience Liane Moriarty ended up using as a scene in the book.

Big Little Lies has generally been well received by critics, who praised the book's balance of humour with more serious issues like domestic abuse.

Where can I find the Big Little Lies soundtrack?

You can find the Big Little Lies soundtrack on Spotify. It features songs from Elvis Presley, Frank Ocean, Sade and more.

Is Big Little Lies related to Pretty Little Liars at all?

Big Little Lies is a HBO drama where we see these middle-aged women grapple with friendship, abuse, marriage, and secrets all while the spectre of murder looms. Pretty Little Liars is a Freeform drama with young women and we watch them struggle with friendship, abuse, relationships and secrets all while murder hangs over the town. Hang on? ARE THEY THE SAME?

No they're not in any way related, but they are pretty similar in premise.

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