Could the Monterey Five be back for more?

By Michele Corriston and Kara Warner
July 21, 2019 10:04 PM
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Warning: The following post contains spoilers.

Big Little Lies just gave us another shocking finale.

Last year, season 1 ended with Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) pushing Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) abusive husband — and Jane’s (Shailene Woodley) rapist — to his death. And season 2, which focused on the fallout from Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgard) murder, concluded with an epic showdown between his widow and his mother, Mary-Louise (Meryl Streep), followed by the Monterey Five seemingly turning themselves in to police.

On Twitter, viewers couldn’t believe the final shot — and begged for more episodes.

The glitzy thriller, based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel, was always intended to be a miniseries and has not yet been renewed for a third season. Could all our favorite A-listers sign on for more mystery and mommy wars in Monterey? Fans have been getting mixed messages from the cast and crew.

Actress and executive producer Kidman seems game.

“I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas,” Kidman, 52, told News Corp Australia in a recent interview. “But we would not do it without all of the same people involved … even the kids.”

Poorna Jagannathan, who played Celeste’s lawyer during season 2, suggested the finale was edited to leave space for a season 3.

“I read the script and I watched yesterday’s episode and I was like, ‘Oh my god there might be a season three!’ ” the actress said on Vanity Fair’s Still Watching podcast. “It’s not the script I got! One character doesn’t even make it. One character dies. It’s a different script. This version left the door open on something I thought was definitely closed.”

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This contradicts what HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine earlier this year.

“I love this group of people — I would do anything with them,” he said. “But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood. We have deals with some of them — Nicole is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it’s not realistic. Look, if they all came to me and said, ‘We worked out all of our schedules!’ — then sure. But I just don’t think it’s realistic. … Season 2 was a chance for everyone involved to end [the franchise] in a way that feels satisfying.”

He echoed that sentiment at HBO’s Television Critics Association presentation in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“Here’s what I would say, as the person who greenlit the Deadwood movie, I would say, ‘Never say never,'” Bloys told journalists. “My sense, though, is having approached a possible season 2 skeptically, what became clear to us is there was a story to tell which was, what happens after a big lie like that and how does it affect everybody. To me, on the face of it, there’s no obvious place to go, no obvious story. That said, this group, it’s an extraordinary group of actors and producers, the writers, the directors. If they all came to me and said, ‘We have the greatest take, listen to this.’ I would certainly be open to it, because I love working with all of them. Who knows. It just doesn’t feel like it, but I’m certainly open.”

You heard him, ladies: clear those calendars!