After seven weeks of completely dominating Sunday night television, Big Little Lies aired its revelation-packed finale on April 2. The miniseries, based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name, won over critics and captivated fans.
It’s been lauded as HBO’s latest contribution to the increasingly popular pantheon of prestige television. That’s thanks to its riveting script by The Practice‘s David E. Kelley, cinema-quality direction by Jean-Marc Vallée, and, perhaps most of all, the career-high performances from its top-notch ensemble.
Big Little Lies was billed as a limited series. And indeed, the seven episodes that aired this spring on HBO encompassed most of the salient plot points in Moriarty’s book. But given the miniseries’ unqualified success, there have been calls from all corners to revive the series. While many fans and critics think BLL should be left as is, there is a case to be made for giving it another go. Here are 10 reasons why it could be a good idea for HBO to commission a second season of Big Little Lies.
1. Tie up loose ends for the ladies
The finale episode answered the mystery at the center of Big Little Lies — who was killed and who did the killing? But there were plenty of loose ends left by the time the credits rolled. Will Detective Quinlan keep pursuing the unanswered questions surrounding Perry’s death? The final shot of the series showed someone, presumably Quinlan, watching the women on the beach through binoculars. So that alone seems to indicate that she’s not satisfied.
That’s not the only question the series left unanswered. Big Little Lies ended as Madeline was grappling with whether or not to tell Ed about her affair — while he seemed to be putting the pieces together on his own. We only got a small glimpse of what Renata and Amabella’s life is like now that they’ve been integrated into the bigger group. And they really left us hanging when it comes to the sweet burgeoning relationship between Jane and Tom. In other words, there’s plenty of material left to explore.