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Big Little Lies Season 3 Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Created by David E. Kelley and based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series "Big Little Lies" follows a murder case amongst the wealthy community of Monterey, California, focusing on the perspective of the mothers in the community — Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern). The second season dives into the aftermath of the Season 1 reveal of who died and who did the killing.

The series premiered its first season in February 2017 to much acclaim and popularity, even earning itself a slew of Golden Globes and Emmys the following award season. With all of that positive attention, it seemed natural for HBO to move forward with a second season, even though "Big Little Lies" was originally intended to be a miniseries. The show's second season, which saw much of the star-studded cast returning to reprise their roles, premiered in June 2019.

With a second season that was also well-received — and proved that the story could continue beyond its one-book source material — fans have been wondering if there's a third season on the horizon for "Big Little Lies." Well, a Season 3 has not been officially confirmed yet, but it also hasn't been completely shot down. In fact, many of the key players involved have opened up about the season potentially happening. Here's what we know so far about a possible Season 3.

When will Big Little Lies Season 3 be released?

Without official confirmation from HBO that Season 3 is definitely a go, it's hard to speculate exactly when the season could premiere. Just over two years passed between the first two seasons, but, sadly, it will definitely be a longer wait between Season 2 and a potential Season 3. Since Season 3 isn't even in the early stages yet, the timeline is completely up in the air.

The show's creator, David E. Kelley, gave an interview with TV Line at the beginning of this year and confirmed that, if a third season happens, it'll likely be a bit of a wait due to scheduling conflicts amongst the highly sought-after lead stars of the show. Kelley told TV Line, "Nicole [Kidman] herself has about five projects backed up. Reese [Witherspoon] is equally as busy. Zoë [Kravitz] is [playing] Catwoman [in 'The Batman'] — and that's just the beginning. All [of the actresses] are extremely busy. But we so love the show and the characters, so none of us have given up on the idea of bringing the band back together."

Kelley, reasonably, was unable to give even a speculative timeline, instead only acknowledging that another season, if it happened, would be "down the road."

Who will be in Big Little Lies Season 3?

Along with the five women at the center of "Big Little Lies," the first two seasons have featured the likes of Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgård, and James Tupper as some of the main characters' husbands. Season 2 even brought in renowned actor Meryl Streep in the role of Celeste's mother-in-law. As for the leads, several of the central actresses have spoken openly about wanting to return.

Nicole Kidman told TV Line, "I would like there to be [a Season 3]. There are so many great stories to tell and I am open to all the different horizons. We all love each other and want to work together. We're deeply intertwined now." Meanwhile, ET Online reported on an Instagram Live conversation between Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern in which they discussed a potential Season 3. Witherspoon said, "We want to do it, we're just kind of waiting — we talked to Nicole, didn't we? We Facetimed Nicole the other day." Dern added, "She just texted that we've gotta do another one right away!"

Witherspoon concluded, "We're trying, guys, we're trying to come up with the right story." Which brings us to our next question regarding a potential Season 3 ...

What will Big Little Lies Season 3 be about?

At the end of Season 1, the five women involved in the death of abusive husband Perry tell the police that he fell accidentally, covering for Bonnie, who pushed him down a flight of stairs to protect Celeste from his abusive attacks. Season 2 covers the aftermath of what the women went through that night, from how keeping the secret affects their lives to how Perry's mother, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), is suspicious of the details of her son's death. The season ends with Bonnie telling the other four women that she is going to confess, and we see all five of them go into the police station together.

If the show continues into Season 3, it's likely that the next set of episodes will focus on the aftermath of Bonnie's confession. We could even see a potential trial play out; it would likely be a complicated one since Perry's abusive behavior is now on record: A video depicting him abusing Celeste was used in court to get Celeste custody of her children. There's also the question of how Bonnie's confession will affect the rest of the group since they all lied to cover for her.

In an October 2020 interview, Kidman confirmed to Marie Claire that creator David E. Kelley and the book's writer Liane Moriarty have "a really good idea for [Season 3]." We can't wait to see how that idea plays out on screen.