It’s official: Big Little Lies season 3 is never going to happen.
Unfortunately, we suspected as much after the shocking death of the show's director and executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée in December of last year due to "a fatal cardiac arrhythmia secondary to severe coronary atherosclerosis," as noted by an official statement shared by the artist’s family.
In a new video interview with GQ (opens in new tab), cast member Zoe Kravitz tackled the subject directly. "I don't think it is [happening]," she said to a fan who asked her about the possibility of a third season. "We talked about doing a season 3 a lot. Unfortunately, Jean-Marc Vallée, our incredible director, passed away this last year. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t imagine going on without him. He really was the visionary for that show. Unfortunately, it’s done.”
Zoe’s comments follow slightly more hopeful ones by fellow cast member Laura Dern who, speaking to Entertainment Tonight (opens in new tab) last month, acknowledged that, "we would all [the cast] love nothing more, we're like family, just very lucky. I say, let's hold out hope. Let's keep asking, it might just come true."
As fans of the show may remember, the first season of Big Little Lies, based on the eponymous 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, premiered on HBO in 2017. Although originally conceived as a stand-alone miniseries, the success of the productions convinced showrunners to develop a second season, which premiered in 2019. All episodes are currently available for streaming on HBO Max.
Plot-wise, the series focuses on the lives of five women in Monterey, California, who become involved with a mysterious murder investigation.
In addition to its gripping storyline, the show has been praised for its stellar cast, which included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe. The supporting characters were played by Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling, with the great Meryl Streep joining throughout the second season.
Although fans have been ardently awaiting news regarding a potential season three, Jean-Marc’s death obviously dampened everyone’s expectations and added a layer of sadness to the conversation.
"Sad but understandable," a Twitter user commented on the platform following Zoe's interview. "I will miss the girls."
In the past, Zoe herself has gotten candid about the feelings of love and camaraderie that defined her time on the set of the show.
“When Jean-Marc Vallée gave me that job [on Big Little Lies], I was working with some of the best actors of our time all of a sudden," the 33-year-old actor said to Elle (opens in new tab) last month. "I had access to a different audience and was able to learn from all of those amazing women."
Zoe specifically addressed her relationship with Reese, whose company Hello Sunshine was behind the TV adaptation of Liane's book.
"Reese and I became very, very close after Big Little Lies," Zoe said. "She’s such a strong businesswoman and is really driven to inspire and educate other women in the industry to take up more space. She’s someone who I admire and who I always call when I have a question or something I want to make or produce, or a book I want to adapt."
As upsetting as the nearly official cancellation of Big Little Lies is, we are excited to see what sorts of projects and professional endeavors the former stars of the show will embark on next.
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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