The Big Little Lies Season 2 Finale Synopsis and Review

Okay, okay, so, before anyone gives me a hard time about watching Big Little Lies, you should know that my sister turned me on to it after she found out I was running this blog and the first season was exceptional. The suspense over what happened to Perry was exciting, and I thought HBO executed the entire first season really well.

So, when they came out with a second season of BLL, I was pumped. I’ll save you the spoilers, but Season 2 followed Celeste, Bonnie, Madeline, Renata, and Jane’s lives after the big little lie. Would the lie tear them apart? What was up with Perry’s mother, Mary Louise (played by the phenomenal Oscar winner Meryl Streep)? So many questions and only seven episodes to figure them out! 

I was actually talking to a friend who heard from a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer that the rate of reporting incidents of domestic violence has increased since BLL premiered in 2017, and that in and of itself is incredible. The scenes in Season 1 were hard to watch, but in Season 2, we find out that not only is there a video that proves Celeste was being abused by Perry, but also that the twin boys took the video. 

This is revealed during the much anticipated courtroom cross examination scene where Celeste has the opportunity to question Mary Louise on her ability to be a parent. This actually made a lot of sense to me because Perry had to have learned to be an abuser from somewhere, but I always assumed with no mention of his dad, that he learned it from his father. 

The courtroom scene was, by far, the best I’ve ever seen from any show. Celeste, played by Nicole Kidman, questioning Mary Louise was amazing. She brings Mary Louise’s parenting into question after revealing that Perry had a brother who died in a car accident. 

If that wasn’t sad enough, she goes on to say that Perry told her that his mother had blamed him his entire life for his brother’s death, saying that he had made her angry. A young Mary Louise is seen telling a young Perry that it’s his fault for making her lose her temper. The courtroom is silent. That’s when Celeste shows the video taken by her boys of a domestic violence incident between Perry and Celeste. The judge has to ask Celeste to stop the video, that’s how disturbing it was. 

In the end, the judge awards custody of the boys to Celeste, saying she doesn’t want to traumatize them further by ripping them out of the care of their mother. Honestly, the courtroom scene was the best part of the season and the season 2 finale ended with the Monterey 5 making their way into the police department, more than likely to confess their big little lie. I think they are more comfortable coming forward now that there is video proof of the abuse Celeste endured. 

Unfortunately, there are currently no plans for a third season, but I’m hoping that HBO will see reason and renew for Season 3 so we can see what sort of legal ramifications the women of Monterey will face for lying about who pushed Perry down the stairs. 

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