The following story contains spoilers about Big Little Lies‘ forthcoming second season… proceed at your own peril
When HBO officially announced last month that it was moving forward with a second season of Big Little Lies, the cabler noted that “most” of the main characters are expected to accompany Nicole Kidman’s Celeste and Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline back to Monterey. Apparently even the dead ones.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Alexander Skarsgard — whose abusive alter ego, Perry, was seemingly killed off in the HBO dramedy’s Season 1 climax — is expected to return in some capacity. Although conventional wisdom says Celeste’s hubby will appear via flashback, Skarsgard recently hinted at some ambiguity surrounding his character’s fate. Asked about his potential involvement in Season 2, the True Blood vet hedged to People.com, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not.”
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Skarsgard, who has scored an Emmy, a Golden Globe and, as of last night, a SAG Award for his portrayal of Perry, called Big Little Lies the “greatest experience of my career” during his Globes acceptance speech.
As previously reported, Big Little Lies Season 2 will consist of seven episodes, all of which will once again be penned by David E. Kelley (based on a story by Liane Moriarty, whose novel served as the source material for Season 1). Meanwhile, Jean-Marc Vallée is passing the directing baton to Andrea Arnold, although Vallée will stay on as an exec producer.
Production on Season 2 is slated to get underway in March ahead of a 2019 premiere.