"Sorry, but a second season of Big Little Lies is a truly terrible idea."

Today, it was official: Big Little Lies is returning to screens following and intense period of begging on behalf of Liane Moriarity’s most loyal fans.

The show, which was a HBO juggernaut in 2017, followed the lives of five women Moriarty brought to life in her best-selling novel, proving to be a darkly funny, darkly realistic tale of friendship, abuse and love.

In separate statements, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon announced they would be back on board for the second season.

“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said.

“What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

According to Witherspoon, the season will delve far deeper into the life and times of Moriarty’s women.


"It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them."

Big Little Lies was an outstanding success. It championed women in all their forms: the women who starred in it, the women who helped create it, and the women it represented across the seas.

It was sad and scary and funny and warming. It was one the first ever shows to portray the ugly reality of domestic abuse.

But it absolutely should not come back. Season two is a ballsy, potentially terrible idea.

Before you start throwing stones, please hear me out.

Listen: The Binge team debrief on Big Little Lies. (Post continues...)

Part of the reason the show itself was so brilliant was because the book was so popular. And the reason the book was so popular was because the narrative was sharp, concise and enthralling.

But the book ended. There was not a sequel for a reason.

A TV show going beyond the blueprint of the novel its based upon is dangerously risky. It rarely works well because the astronomically high expectations of the audience are invariably never met.

Sometimes, great things should just be left as they are. Marvellous shows are often those that are short and sweet. Brevity is something that should never be overlooked.

It's not often female stars are championed like they were in Big Little Lies. It's not often women are given the opportunity to play starring characters who had complex stories.

Big Little Lies gave us that and then some. The show should absolutely quit while it's ahead, lest they disappoint us with episodes that don't match the stories we loved so much in the book.

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