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Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel the HBO hit “Big Little Lies” is based on, is one of the show’s biggest fans. And now that she’s been asked by the show’s producers, she’s coming up with ideas for a second season.
In an exclusive interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian novelist said she has been thinking about ways to continue the story, taking into consideration things that were left out from the source material.
Moriarty also confirmed that the producers have approached her, asking to come up with some new ideas. This doesn’t immediately mean we’re going to get “Big Little Lies” Season 2, but it could mean it’s at least being considered over at the network.
“I have started to think about ways this could continue,” she said. “The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens.”
Besides new ideas, Moriarty would also like to explore backstories that were left out of the show adaptation, specifically concerning Bonnie, played by Zoe Kravitz.
In the book, the reader got a more in-depth look at Bonnie’s history with abusive men, which makes how she ends up at the conclusion all the more meaningful.
“My original reaction was what have they done? How have they left that out?,” she said. “But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what was Bonnie’s true story], there had been little hints and that you can take that away. It’s implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there but I wouldn’t argue against it either.”
She then added that it’s one of those things that could be explored more in a second season.
There were a number of threads left undone at the season finale, so there is still material for a second season. Fans of the show, along with actress Reese Witherspoon, have called on HBO, the writers, and Moriarty to help get a second season off the ground.
However, director Jean Marc Vallee has shut down the idea of continuing the series in multiple interviews.
“No, no, this is the perfect ending,” he insisted in an interview with Vulture. “There is no way; there’s no reason to make a Season 2. 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.”
So we’ll see what happens in the coming months, but either way we got an adaptation that even the original author loved.
“I loved it,” Moriarty said. “I stayed up really late. I think I stayed up until 3 a.m or something. I just decided to watch the whole thing.”