‘Big Little Lies’ is a bestselling novel written by Liane Moriarty and has been adapted into an award-winning series by HBO. At first, the story was supposed to wrap up in just one season. But the immense success received by the show made the case for continuing the story. Set in the town of Monterey, it has five women at its centre who, at first, find themselves in conflict with each other, but are later brought together by a murder. The second season saw the additional of Meryl Streep to the cast, with Andrea Arnold taking charge of the direction. If you haven’t yet seen it, catch both seasons of the series on HBO.
Synopsis of the Plot
The events of the second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ pick up with the first day of school. Some time has passed since Perry’s death and even though Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeleine (Reese Witherspoon), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), now called The Monterey Five, have not been accused of anything, the detective on the case hasn’t let go of her suspicion. The finale of the first season closed with the women and their children enjoying leisure time at the beach while being watched from a distance. This was the indication that the danger hasn’t disappeared for the group, and as the events kickstart in the second season, this fact becomes even clearer.
Even though they are bound by the pact of not ever letting out the secret, each of them suffers from the trauma in one way or another. While Celeste is visited by Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) in her nightmares, it is Bonnie who can’t let go of her guilt, and its hold on her is becoming more discernible to others with every passing day. The Five might believe that they have gotten away with murder, but people of the town are talking about them. The cops are waiting for them to crack. It only takes one, doesn’t it? To add to the stress, Perry’s mother, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) enters their lives. Just like everyone else, she isn’t entirely satisfied with the explanation that she received for her son’s death and doesn’t hesitate from poking around and stirring up trouble in the process.
While the first season engaged us with a mystery, a murder in waiting, the second season deals with its aftermath. The ladies are trying to move on with their lives, but feel a continuous tug on the rope that anchors them to the event that changed their lives. A lot of secrets piled up in the first season, and now it is the turn to bring them all tumbling down. The children aren’t untouched by these changes either. The revelation of some secrets tests their relationships with their parents.