The End of the World
Big Little Lies Season 2



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

A bit of a slow burn but utterly riveting, it's "The End of the World" for the Monterey Five as their relationships fracture in big, little and profound ways.

Episode Info

Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane; rather than address her troubles at home, Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal; Madeline is forced to confront her issues at a couples therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Celeste remains conflicted by her memories of Perry.


Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
P.J. Byrne
as Principal Nippal
Robin Weigert
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
Meryl Streep
as Mary Louise Wright
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for The End of the World

As we approach the midway point, this latest hour shows how enjoyable and affecting this new Big Little Lies can be, while still repeating the same beats shown previously.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Big Little Lies has long danced rather gracefully around the murky issue of abuse entangled with sexual desire, but are they actually going there now? Really going there? Yes, yes they are.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The more we find out about the pasts of these perfect-on-the-surface women... it helps explain so much about their current efforts to keep the facades as perfect as they are.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Always of fascination are the children. All are acted beautifully. All, in their various ways, seem wiser than the adults.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While there are several standout moments throughout, The End of The World is overall a filler episode. Many of the season's overarching plots take a pause for each of the characters to practice some uncomfortable introspection.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What's extremely interesting about this season of Big Little Lies is that, no matter what, everyone has their time to come to terms with their actions.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A pot that is just consistently boiled over this season is Renata and Laura Dern is just owning every scene as this feisty Monterey lady on the edge.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A mother's desperation to prove her son's innocence knew no bounds on Big Little Lies Season 2 Episode 3.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

In a show full of big, BIG performances, Zoe Kravitz's quiet work is so under-appreciated.

Jun 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Sorry to break out some House Greyjoy wisdom here, but this second season is thoroughly weighed down by Perry's presence, and although this episode drags a little bit, perhaps it's because [it] is really dark.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Bless this show!

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Every single time I think of Big Little Lies, I think about my love for Renata Klein.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…