The Reason Big Little Lies Was Only Going to Have One Season Is No Longer an Issue
Don’t lose hope, Big Little Lies fans!
David E. Kelley, an executive producer to the HBO mega hit, revealed on Tuesday that while a second season of the series is less than imminent, he’s not ruling it out. “We never planned on it,” Kelley admitted during Variety’s A Night in the Writers’ Room event, noting that a sophomore season is, in fact, “possible.”
According to Kelley, a second season wasn’t initially considered due to the magnitude of the show’s A-list cast. “It was conceived as a one-off. In fact, it was a given going into it that it would only be one year because of the acting ensemble we had: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alex Skarsgård, Shailene Woodley. These are all people with big careers with a lot of projects lined up and they all had just one-year deals.”
“We committed to this one thing as a complete picture,” he explained. “We didn’t have to conceive of future storylines and protect characters and make sure that they could be redeeming in any kind of perpetuity. We could be true to the story and true to the characters.”
Strangely enough, the cast’s major names, whom Kelley assumed wouldn’t want a multi-year commitment, are the ones pulling for a return. “The irony is the reason we assumed it would be a one-off, because of all this major talent, they’re at the forefront now of wanting that second season,” he said.