Meryl Streep’s Character In Big Little Lies Season 2 Is One Of The Most Complex Characters On Screen

Earlier this year, HBO’s magnum opus, Big Little Lies came back for a second season. This time, it was bigger and better. The best part about Season 2? Meryl Streep of course!

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Meryl Streep’s Character In Big Little Lies Season 2 Is One Of The Most Complex Characters On Screen
One of the best things about writing a character for a web series versus film is the magnitude of open possibilities. While films are restricted to a two hour run time, the format of a web show which could go into eight to ten hours of content, is a joyride for writers. Characters can be given nuances and personality traits that can be shaped to make them more real. However, few writers do justice to this depth that the medium provides. 

One of the finest characters we’ve seen on a show, possibly of all time, has been the character essayed by Meryl Streep in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies. When it was announced that Meryl Streep would be joining the already impressive cast consisting of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley among others, there was already intrigue about her role. 



Oscar winning actor, Streep plays the mother of Nicole Kidman’s dead husband – who the women had killed at the end of the previous season because he was a serial abuser and rapist. Her role is complex from the very beginning; a character you will just not be able to figure out. 

She is a grieving mother who turns a blind eye towards her son’s behavior and being a woman herself, lacks the empathy to understand another woman’s pain. Some of her thoughts and beliefs in the show will make you cringe and you will truly wonder how women like this exist. But in that lies the whole point of the character – women like this do exist, women who contribute to patriarchy, maybe even more than men do. 

Streep the performer has never given a bad performance, but she seems to outdo herself as Mary Louise. The custody battle in the last few episodes resulting in a breath-taking courtroom sequence in particular are stunning. Aspiring writers and makers, take note. This is exactly how characters should be written. 


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