With the season 2 finale rapidly approaching (this Sunday!), fans are more anxious than ever to find out if there will even be a Big Little Lies season 3. The future of this favorite Monterey mama drama has been murky at best, thanks largely to the fact it was originally planned as a one-and-done miniseries. But since it beat the odds and got a second installment, there’s still hope for another, right? Well, according to HBO president Casey Bloys, probably not.
Before you start blasting HBO’s Twitter feed with angry face emojis, consider this: Bloys seems to have the stars’ best interest at heart. As reported by People, Bloys addressed a possible third season with TVLine earlier this year. “I love this group of people — I would do anything with them,” the HBO exec said of series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Meryl Streep, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern. “But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood. We have deals with some of them — Nicole is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it’s not realistic.”
Welp, that’s that. Or, is it? Bloys did joke that there’s always a chance. “Look, if they all came to me and said, ‘We worked out all of our schedules!’ — then sure. But I just don’t think it’s realistic,” he said, adding, “Season 2 was a chance for everyone involved to end [the franchise] in a way that feels satisfying.”
As for how satisfying it will feel to fans, that remains to be seen. With the public opinion hanging on this week’s finale, it seems like the general consensus could go either way. There are still a lot of loose ends that need to be addressed for it to feel like every arc has come to its natural and satisfying conclusion, if you ask us. Some part of us has been hoping BLL is holding onto a few storylines in the event there is a third season.
Still, it’s probably best in this scenario to expect the worst but hope for the best. When show writer David E. Kelley insisted at the Television Critics Association tour earlier in the year that season 2 “will probably be it,” the stars served him a friendly reminder. “That’s what you said last time!” Kidman exclaimed, with Witherspoon chiming in, “Yeah, you sat there and said the same thing!”
Plus, Kidman pointed out that — although they don’t currently have plans for a third season — season 2 happened primarily due to “enormous demand from the audience.” So, what’s to say that won’t happen once more? Stay tuned, fandom.
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