Ask and you shall receive: that’s what Big Little Lies fans learned after petitioning HBO relentlessly for a second season.
Now we’re days from the season 2 finale (airing on Monday in Australia), which is shaping up to be a courtroom showdown between Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Meryl Streep (Mary-Louise).
Critics have complained that the second season of Big Little Lies has lacked strong writing, has felt disjointed, has become too much like a soap opera or isn’t doing some characters justice.
But there’s still been plenty to love about BLL, including some stand-out dramatic moments from Streep and Laura Dern, AKA the larger than life Renata Klein.
As for whether there’ll be a Big Little Lies season 3, HBO is saying it seems unlikely, but there is hope. The question remains, post-finale, will we want one?
So, this could be the end, friends. In light of that, let’s celebrate the best moments from Big Little Lies season 2.
WHEN MARY-LOUISE SCREAMED AT DINNER
Meryl Streep will almost certainly earn an Emmy nomination next year for her portrayal of the late Perry’s mourning mother. There have been several great moments, but the most memorable has to be the infamous dinner table scream.
RENATA’S FURY AT GORDON’S ARREST
One of the most painful storylines to watch in season 2 has been the downfall of Renata due to her husband Gordon’s financial crimes. Say what you will about the arrogant and vain Renata, but she didn’t deserve to have everything she worked for destroyed by her husband’s greed. The “Medusa of Monterey” will almost certainly rise again, though, evidenced by this exchange through prison glass.
WHEN CELESTE SLAPPED MARY-LOUISE
When Mary-Louise turned up at Madeline’s Halloween party unannounced and revealed she would be moving into the same building as Jane, it didn’t take long for things to escalate. That sound you heard was a collective gasp when Celeste struck her mother-in-law. Kidman is more than deserving of an Emmy in 2020, too.
MADELINE SMOKING A CIGARETTE
There was something both funny and depressing about watching the toll everything has taken on Madeline, who normally tries to be put together. Smoking in her apron at the Halloween party, Renata scolded her “nobody smokes cigarettes anymore”. It so aptly pointed out how even when Madeline wants to rebel or choose apathy, it’s just so not in her nature.
JANE AND CELESTE’S CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PERRY
Big Little Lies season 2 has done an impressive job of tackling some deeply complicated situations. Most of all, the relationship between Celeste, the late Perry’s battered wife and mother of his two children, and Jane, his rape victim and the mother of this third child (unknown to him at the time of his death). Jane casually asking Celeste over wine by the fire if she’s glad Perry is dead is easily one of the most powerful moments of the season.