If you can’t wait to get back to Monterey, you’re in good company. Here’s the most up-to-date information about the second installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series. Spoilers follow.
Who’s returning? Like a Monterey fundraising event, anyone who’s anyone will be there. Original cast members Reese Witherspoon (Madeline MacKenzie), Nicole Kidman (Celeste Wright), Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman), Laura Dern (Renata Klein), Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson), Adam Scott (Ed Mackenzie), James Tupper (Nathan Carlson), Gordon Klein (Jeffrey Nordling), Kathryn Newton (Abigail Carlson), Iain Armitage (Ziggy Chapman), Robin Weigert (Dr. Amanda Reisman), Merrin Dungey (Detective Adrienne Quinlan), and Sarah Sokolovic (Tori Bachman) are all set to reprise their roles.
Who’s new in town? Meryl Streep has joined the cast as Celeste’s mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright alongside other newbies, Bonnie’s mother Elizabeth (played by Crystal Fox) and second-grade teacher Michael Perkins (actor Mo McRae). Additionally, director Andrea Arnold (American Honey) will take over behind the camera.
What will it be about? The darkly comedic drama will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Multiple characters will be dealing with Perry’s death, and the prospect of moving past a life-altering event. In short: Things could get messy.
How many episodes will there be? Seven. Season 1 writer David E. Kelley will be tackling each script, based on a story by best-selling author Liane Moriarty.
What’s happening behind the scenes? Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as executive producers for the series — Kidman through Blossom Films and Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine — along with Arnold, Kelley, and Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée.
Additional executive producers will be Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg.
How will I survive the wait? Re-binge the first season, of course. Head to HBO NOW or HBO GO to find every episode, and check out this guide while you watch.
Is there still time to start? Absolutely. Check out the first episode below for free, no HBO subscription required, and start getting hooked.