HBO’s Big Little Lies, returning for a second season this summer, has left both its source material (Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel of the same name) and its limited series status in the dust. But the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show looks as compelling as ever on the road to its seven-episode second effort, with the Sunday release of the season’s new teaser trailer—pegged, of course, to the return of that other HBO show—offering us our first look at the sticky situation in which the so-called Monterey Five find themselves. (Season one spoilers to follow!)
As Nicole Kidman’s character points out in the teaser’s opening moments, the now-notorious Monterey Five—Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz)—are “kidding themselves if [they] think people will stop talking” about season one’s climactic event: the death of Celeste’s husband, Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgård), whose mother Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) has come to town to get to the bottom of the murky circumstances of her son’s demise. Bonnie, Perry’s killer, is understandably struggling the most with “the lie,” insisting to Madeline, “It’s gonna get us. It’s gonna get us all.” But it’s Madeline whom Mary Louise grills in the clip’s climactic moment, saying of her large adult son’s killing, “I want to know what happened that night. I’m very tempted to ask you, but I … I don’t think I would get the truth, would I?”
If that’s not enough to get you pumped for another helping of Big Little Lies, HBO’s synopsis explains that season two deals with “the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.” We can’t help but wonder if all five of the Monterey Five—and/or their spouses, Ed (Adam Scott), Nathan (James Tupper) and Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling)—will be left standing after all is said and done.
Big Little Lies is created and written by David E. Kelley based on a story by Kelley and Moriarty, with Andrea Arnold taking over season two directing duties from Jean-Marc Vallée. Kidman, Witherspoon, Kelley, Arnold, Vallée and Moriarty all executive produce, as well, as do Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Gregg Fienberg and Nathan Ross.
Big Little Lies is back on June 9. Watch the season two teaser below.