There is so much on the line going into Big Little Lies season two. If you somehow forgot, season one ended with—spoiler warning—Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) killing Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) by pushing him down a flight of stairs, and the other Monterrey moms covering it up. So on top of all the problems these women were already dealing with, they’re now harboring a huge, life-changing secret.
And that secret is at the core of season two, which also stars the one and only Meryl Streep as Perry’s mother. The teasers for BLL suggest Streep’s character doesn’t buy the moms’ story that Perry accidentally slipped on those stairs. She’s looking for the truth—and I have a feeling she’s going to find it.
What that will mean for Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Bonnie, Renata (Laura Dern), Jane (Shailene Woodley), and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) is still a mystery. In fact, there’s still so much about Big Little Lies season two that we don’t know. But we did get a few hints from the cast at BLL‘s season two premiere in New York City.
Here’s what they shared.
“We weren’t finished,” David E. Kelley, who wrote all the scripts, tells Glamour about the decision to do a season two. “We certainly dug into the abuse in year one, but the healing is something altogether different. So it really was unfinished. We were not going to do year two just because it was a commercial success. We wanted to be confident we could be just as emotionally provocative as we were in year one. I think we went deeper in year two.”
“She’s really sassy, and something happens that she gets in big trouble for doing,” Darby Camp, who plays Chloe, tells Glamour. “I’m actually excited to see more trouble that she gets into. She is still fighting with Madeline, and she’s still the sassy, same-old Chloe: troublemaker.”
“I think her mom is grounded and an Earth mother,” says Crystal Fox, who plays Elizabeth. “She’s probably coming in there to say, ‘Are you getting it together? What is going on? What are you doing?’ You know how moms can tell if you’re in a space, and they just wanna see what you’re gonna tell them? They just start watching you, and they know your behavior’s changed. And then they go, ‘OK, maybe you’ll tell me.’ And when you don’t, I’ll say, ‘What’s going on?'”
“It’s really worth it,” says Merrin Dungey, who plays Detective Adrienne Quinlan. “It’s an incredibly told story. I was surprised there was going to be a season two. The fact they upped the ante is incredible.”
“When you carry guilt, it can never be off your back entirely—whether it’s physicalized in another person hunting you or asking questions about it or if it’s just in your own heart,” Dungey adds.