When “Big Little Lies” first debuted, the HBO drama was planned as a one-and-done limited series. But after critically acclaimed success that saw sweeps at the Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards, a second season was all but inevitable.

Not only did the original cast all return for Season 2, including Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who executive produce the series, but HBO added A-list royalty with Meryl Streep, further raising the stakes for its second season.

Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister sits down with TV critic Caroline Framke to discuss the second season of “Big Little Lies” — which is a risky move after near-perfect reception from its first season — and whether there should be yet another season in the future.