Here's everything the cast has teased about the upcoming season of the hit HBO series
We could be heading back to Monterey, California soon.
Following the season 2 finale of Big Little Lies in 2019, there have been several discussions about a potential third season.
While many of the cast members, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz, have expressed their interest in returning, the status of the series has been in limbo for quite some time.
In November 2023, fans of the HBO series got a substantial update as Kidman seemingly confirmed that a follow-up installment is on the horizon while taking part in an undisclosed fan event.
“I loved Big Little Lies because it sort of came along at a time in my life when I had my children, and I was thinking I was going to retire, and then this situation came along, where Reese Witherspoon and I were able to produce that show,” Kidman said. “And then all of you watched it and made it a massive success.”
“And we will be bringing you a third one, just FYI,” the star then added.
From what the cast has said to what HBO has teased, here’s everything we know about the third season of Big Little Lies.
Which cast members are returning for Big Little Lies season 3?
Though no official cast list has been announced, each main cast member — including Kidman, Witherspoon, Woodley, Dern, and Kravitz — has expressed interest in reprising their roles.
“We want to do it,” Witherspoon told costar Laura Dern while video-chatting in May 2020. “We’re kind of waiting. We’re trying, guys. We’re trying to come up with the right story.”
“We all constantly say, ‘When are we doing season three? How do we make that happen?’” Woodley told The Hollywood Reporter in July 2021. “I’d like to say, knock on wood, that it is happening.”
Speaking with Harper's Bazaar in December 2023, Woodley teased that a third season could potentially bring back the actors who played their children as well.
“These children [on the show] are not children anymore,” she explained. “What is exciting about the possibility of a third season. What does life look like for those people who are not children anymore?"
What will Big Little Lies season 3 be about?
As details about the third season are still in the early stages, HBO hasn’t announced an official plotline. However, as Woodley pointed out regarding the grown-up child actors, it seems possible that the show could feature some sort of time jump.
Notably, the season 2 finale ends with Bonnie texting the rest of the Monterey Five that she is going to confess to Perry’s death and the last scene shows the four women accompanying her to the police station. It’s possible that the new season could document the aftermath of Bonnie’s confession and how it affects the rest of the women in their personal lives.
Who is writing Big Little Lies season 3?
At the Golden Globes in January 2024, Witherspoon revealed that she and Kidman were “working on” the script for season 3 “a lot.” Speaking with Variety that same month, HBO and Max content chairman/CEO Casey Bloys confirmed that he has heard “a little bit about the idea” behind the new season and thinks “it could be great.”
Bloys also told the publication that he believes Witherspoon and Kidman have been in touch with Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty about ways to expand the storyline and characters and expects David E. Kelley, who helped adapt Moriarty's novel for HBO, would be involved as well.
Who is directing Big Little Lies season 3?
It’s unclear who will direct the upcoming season of Big Little Lies following the Dec. 2021 death of Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the first two seasons of the HBO series.
“We talked about doing a season 3 a lot,” she told the publication. “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.”
When will Big Little Lies season 3 be released?
As plans for the script are still in the early stages, a third season doesn’t currently have a release date.
That being said, the cast has reunited several times since the season 2 finale in 2019, including posing together at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards where the series was up for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
Most recently, Witherspoon, Dern and Kravitz were photographed enjoying lunch together in Los Angeles in November 2023, which prompted even more rumors about the show’s return.
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