What The ‘Big Little Lies’ Cliffhanger Could Mean For The Monterey Five
Spoilers ahead for the Season 2 finale of Big Little Lies. After a season full of deception, secrets, custody battles and, of course, lies, the Big Little Lies Season 2 finale tied up most of the show’s loose ends. We finally know what happens to the Monterey Five: Celeste retains custody of her children, Madeline and Ed renew their vows, and Bonnie seems to finally find closure with her mom and in regard to Perry’s death.
There is, however, one last huge bombshell at the end of the episode — all five women meet up and walk into the Monterey Police Department together. The credits roll before we’re able to see what actually happens once they’re inside, but it seems apparent that Bonnie is going to confess what really happened the night of Perry’s death: he didn’t fall, she pushed him.
Why they didn’t all just tell the truth that it was self-defense in the first place has been hotly debated among fans, but the point is that the Monterey Five are ending this journey by washing their hands of the lie that’s been hanging over their heads all season. And hopefully, it helps Bonnie make peace with what happened.
But despite any closure that comes from confessing, it raises quite a few questions of what will happen to the women after the news gets out that Bonnie pushed Perry and the others helped cover it up.
According to a Time magazine investigation of what the show’s real-life legal implications would be, Bonnie likely would be charged with involuntary manslaughter for pushing Perry, but could be found not guilty because she was defending Celeste. The other women are likely in a stickier position — after covering for Bonnie, they "might be liable for aiding and abetting the involuntary manslaughter as accomplices," lawyer Melissa Dagodag told Time, and could also be charged with obstruction of justice after lying to authorities.
Those possibilities aren’t great for any of the women — Jane and Madeline’s personal lives seem on the up-and-up, and this could shoot that down quickly. Renata’s dealing with a ridiculous husband and a bankruptcy situation, and doesn’t need more on her plate. And it’d be heartbreaking to see Bonnie, who has been so tortured by what she’s done, head to jail right after breaking free from her own mental prison.
But things somehow seem even more complicated for Celeste, as she’s still reeling from another dramatic courtroom proceeding. Given her recent victory in court, in which she maintained custody of her children and defeated Mary Louise’s attempt to deem her an unfit mother, it’s unclear what could happen next. Mary Louise always had a sneaking suspicion that Celeste knew more about Perry’s death than she was letting on, so if those suspicions were confirmed, could she try to use it against her in another attempt to get the kids?
These are all questions a potential Season 3 of Big Little Lies could answer, and fans are already excited about that possibility:
But ultimately, the truth is that we might never know what happens. HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine that it wasn’t "realistic" for the series to continue, which makes sense, given the fact that literally all Big Little Lies‘ main cast members are huge film stars with busy schedules of their own.
And honestly, maybe this is the perfect place for the show to end. There are still plotlines that could theoretically continue, but there’s no need for the story to stretch just for the sake of stretching. The lie, which has always been what the show centered itself on, is being put to rest for good. And maybe, in the end, that’s all we need to know.
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