Last night, HBO‘s “Big Little Lies” wrapped up with a helluva finale that packed a big emotional punch, coupled with the page-turning thrills, and perfectly calibrated melodrama that have been trademarks of the series so far. Alexander Skargard‘s abusive Perry Wright was revealed to be both the murder victim, and the man who raped Shailene Woodley‘s Jane Chapman. And while Zoe Kravitz’s Bonnie Carlson was the one who actually committed the crime during a confrontation at a school fundraiser, all five lead women united to cover it up, and as the episode ends, they’re seen together with their children, putting aside their differences, and looking to the future.
It was a terrifically satisfying closer, and put a cap on the series that gave Reese Witherspoon her best role in ages, featured one of Nicole Kidman‘s best turns in a long time, and overall, will go down as one of the best things on TV this year. However, for those of you hoping for more, director Jean-Marc Vallée has ruled the possibility of a second season.
“…this is the perfect ending. There is no way; there’s no reason to make a season two. That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do a season two, we’ll break that beautiful thing and spoil it,” he told Vulture. “I mean, I’d love to work with Reese [Witherspoon] and Nicole [Kidman] and all these women again but not to make a season two. I loved it. It’s a great show, and I’m so happy and excited to have been the chosen one to do this.”
Can’t really argue with that. “Big Little Lies” puts a beautiful, bloody bow on its story and try and unwrap it and force a new narrative feels unnecessary. However, it speaks to just how good this limited series was that people might be asking for more.
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