August 19, 2019

Is "Big Little Lies" Season 2 Worth the Watch?

“***Spoilers For Season 2 Premiere of Big Little Lies***

Last night was the season two premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies with the original actresses all returning. There’s also the addition of Meryl Streep, who is playing the mother of Alexander Skarsgård’s character, Perry, who died in the season one finale. The first season was critically adored by audiences and reviewers alike, but when a second season was announced, a lot of people had doubts about what a second season would look like, including me. So far, the first episode sets up a lot of tension, but it doesn’t erase the central question: why lie?

Bonnie Carlson, played by Zoë Kravitz, brings this up when she and Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) finally speak in the episode. The former was in Tahoe all summer and there was no communication between Bonnie and the rest of the group. When she returns, the once very sociable and open character is closed off and withdrawn, which confuses everyone.

Bonnie explains that she is being tormented by the fact she can’t talk about what happened. She is the one who pushed Perry to protect Celeste (Nicole Kidman), causing his accidental death, and if she’d just said so, the repercussions would have likely been minimal, especially because there were witnesses.”

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