The problem with adapting a stand-alone novel into a television series is that once you reach the end of the book … there’s just not many places to go. Recents hit series like “13 Reasons Why” and “Big Littles Lies” have faced this issue, delivering stellar first seasons but then finding themselves unable to pursue the story further in a way that doesn’t seem like a cash grab rather than an organic continuation. Luckily for “Big Little Lies,” there might be a way around that.
The author of the original “Big Little Lies” novel, Lianne Moriarty, recently told Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald that a sequel story (and thus another season for HBO) is not out of the question.
“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.”
Writing and publishing a new book might take years, which would put HBO in a bit of a pickle as far as adapting the new material into a Season 2 goes. If Moriarty works directly with HBO to craft the story, however, then HBO’s stellar writing staff can take that and run with it.
It’s not the ideal way to tell a story, but it has worked out well for HBO’s other huge series, “Game of Thrones.” We also have to consider that reaching for more story after getting such a great resolution to the tale of Season 1 might be a jarring thing to watch. Nothing feels quite so off-key than feeling like a character or a storyline has been put to rest, only to have it drudged back up again for no reason.
We’ll keep a skeptic eye on this potential Season 2, but mostly, we’re just through the roof that HBO might be able to continue this amazing project. From the writing to the performances, “Big Little Lies” has been one of the best series of 2017, and we’re eager to see where the story goes next.