HBO has revealed the first set of images from Big Little Lies Season 2 and if you’ve been waiting to see the “Monterey Five” back together, then you won’t be disappointed. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz are reunited once again in the new photos, and they’ve got some might fine new company — none other than miss Meryl Streep, who’s stepping in to play Mary Louise Wright, mother of Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard), the not-so-dearly departed husband of Kidman’s character.
Series creator, writer and executive producer David E. Kelley joined his cast on stage at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California to tease new footage from the second season and talk about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite housewife frienemies turned literal partners in crime. While there was plenty of chatter about Streep joining the cast, they obviously kept plot details light.
“We felt last year the Greek chorus, with each episode, wanted to go away a little bit,” Kelley added. “We didn’t want to be extraneous or distracting with it, because once the show intensifies around Episode 3 or 4, you kind of want to live in that intensity.”
The cast also teased a more dramatic tone compared to the comedy-drama hybrid of Season 1, and despite the fact that they’re all bonded now, don’t expect total harmony between the ladies. Dern joked that Renata is thrilled to have girlfriends for the first time in her life, but Kravitz promises a dynamic that’s still rife with tension, even if the gals aren’t rivals anymore. “The dynamic is really interesting this season because even though we are a group, we’re all going through so much, so there is conflict… watching us do this dance together because of this lie is an interesting thing to see.”
They also said there are no plans for a Season 3 at the moment, but were also quick to point out that they said the same thing about Season 2 last time they attended the TCA presser. For now, check out the batch of Season 2 images below. Big Little Lies returns to HBO June 2019.