Well holy mother of Mary Louise. How are we already at the end of Big Little Lies’ second season? And even more importantly, isn’t a third season the thing we all deserve in our lives? How can Nicole, Reese, and the rest of the Monterey Five not try and make this happen? After becoming so emotionally invested in these characters over the past seven weeks, it seems surreal that this is how we’re leaving them.
But maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here. The finale, titled “I Want to Know,” actually did wrap some of the bigger story points. The whole Celeste (Nicole Kidman) versus Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) showdown came to one heck of a conclusion when Celeste won custody of the boys. Ed and Madeline made up and renewed their vows. Jane (Shailene Woodley) finally gave Corey a real shot, Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) faced some hard truths, and Mary Louise blew dodge. Oh yes, and Renata gave us one last wonderful burst of Renata, courtesy of one baseball bat and a roomful of Gordon’s expensive trains. Have we mentioned lately that we worship Laura Dern?
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The lie is the friendship
But what about wrapping up the actual, you know. . .lie? No, we’re not talking about Celeste’s line about the Monterey Five being a lie, we’re talking about Perry’s death—the thing that basically drove the whole first season of the series and was the reason to return for another run. That didn’t wrap up quite as nicely.
That’s what makes it so heartbreaking that HBO president Casey Bloys recently confirmed that a third season is probably off the table, because trying to get all of those actors back together is an impossible feat. Look, we get it. These schedules are so jam-packed (hello talent level), and getting everyone back together is a big ask. But also, how are we supposed to go about our lives without any more Renata GIFs to describe all of our feelings?
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Even more importantly, we have some questions that we’d really like to see a third season address.
What happened at that police station?
In the last scene of the season, the women joined Bonnie at the police station, where we can assume she confesses to killing Perry. But does she actually confess? And what does a confession mean? Will Bonnie go to jail? What about the other women? What happens to their children? And does this mean Mary Louise will return to town, now that her son’s murder has been solved? So. Many. Questions.
Are Ed and Madeline really going to be okay?
Sure, sure… it’s all fine to renew your vows with a fancy flower crown, but what does that actually mean for Ed and Madeline? He said it himself, that this isn’t a bow-wrapped solution to her cheating on him, and he’s still hitting that boxing bag pretty hard. Add in that we never actually saw Madeline confess why she’s been so different (Perry’s death), and we have to wonder if she even bothered to tell Ed that she was heading to the police station to meet Bonnie.
Did Renata finally leave her dirt-bag husband?
Hats off to Jeffrey Nordling because he is officially the best at playing the worst (look to Suits and Nashville for proof, guys). Obviously he was equally slimey on this season of BLL because of everything he put Renata through, and we really, really need to know if she left him for good. It certainly seemed like she did by the way she was acting towards the end, but also if she did leave him, where does that leave them financially? Who is on the hook for what, and (heaven forbid) does she still have to support him in the event of a divorce? This is a guy who obviously would be happy to take money from his ex. And he’s also the kind of guy who would probably press charges for his wife taking a baseball bat to his choo-choos. . .no? So how does it all play out?
Will Jane finally find happiness?
Yes, this is the least pressing question because from the looks of things all is well for Jane and Ziggy by season’s end, when Jane finally gives in to Corey and “consummates” their relationship. Or so we think. Maybe they were just really getting into the foreplay of it all. (Hey—sometimes more is less, even on HBO.) Either way, we’d be curious to see where these two love birds end up outside the drama of it all, who really is the best surfer in this cute new makeshift family, and also whether Coffee Shop Tom ever resurfaces.
What will Mary Louise do now?
Okay, so obviously we get that Mary Louise was trying to fill a void in her life by gaining custody of the kids, but we still can’t wrap our heads around her being a bad mom. Yes, she got a bad rap during that trial when it came time to examine how her own son died, but no mom is perfect (right, Celeste?). Mary Louise’s car accident seems like a horrible, gut-wrenching story, but there IS more to that story. And we really, really want to see it.
We’re also super curious how Mary Louise factors into her grandsons’ lives post-trial. Will Celeste forgive and forget? Will she really get better with therapy? Does Bonnie’s confession change anything? And speaking of, who does Celeste get to babysit the boys when she needs to do important things like drop everything in the middle of the night to confess to the police?
So many questions, and no assurances that we’ll ever get answers. Here’s hoping that come next year’s Emmys, a slew of wins will propel everyone involved to get the band back together one more time. Because after all, we all deserve more of the Monterey Five in our lives.