Big Little Lies is not returning for a third season 1 week ago

Big Little Lies is not returning for a third season

"Unfortunately, Jean-Marc Vallée, our incredible director, passed away this last year."

When Big Little Lies debuted on HBO in 2017, it quickly secured a legion of fans, so it came as no surprise when a second series was released.

The series follows a group of wealthy mothers in Monterey, California, though darker secrets linger beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect lives.

The show was based on Liane Moriarty's hit novel of the same name, and its all star cast included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern and Shaliene Woodley.

The last season ended on a cliffhanger, with the ladies of Monterey gathering outside the local police station, though it was unclear what they were up to exactly.

While some fans have been eager to know what is next in the saga, Zoë Kravitz has confirmed that there will not be a season three due to the passing of the show's director Jean-Marc Vallée.

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Vallée, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on Dallas Buyers Club, passed away in December 2021 at the age of 58.

"We talked about doing a season three a lot," Zoë said in an interview with GQ Magazine. "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. Unfortunately, it's done."

For his work on Big Little Lies, Vallée won two Primetime Emmy Awards – one for Outstanding Limited Series, and another for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series.

Two years later, his series Sharp Objects was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Limited Series.

After his death, the Directors Guild of Canada renamed one of their awards – the DGC Discovery Award – the Jean-Marc Vallée Discovery Award in honour of the late director.