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Is Bonnie Going to Die in Big Little Lies Season 2? Episode 4 Teases a Major Death
As Episode Four of Big Little Lies came to a close, the worst possible vision floated (quite literally) through Elizabeth’s mind—flashes of her daughter, Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) suspended lifeless in a wave seeming to suggest that Bonnie has a dark fate ahead of her as the series moves into its final three episodes of Season Two.
The vision was a long time coming. Elizabeth (Crystal Fox) has been a mysterious character since she appeared in Monterey, and as executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée suggested in an interview with Esquire, Elizabeth is a bit of a mystic with powers unseen on the series so far. After having brief flashes of water throughout the episode, Elizabeth woke from her stroke to see her daughter presumably dead in the water off the coast. Whether or not she has the ability to communicate that vision to her daughter is still unknown, but it doesn’t look like things are looking great for Bonnie.
Assuming that the vision is a premonition of the future, that leaves Big Little Lies fans with the same question from Season One: who did it? Let’s break down the most likely culprit.
It’s clear from the first four episodes of this season that Bonnie is not handling the guilt of killing Perry well. With the building pressure of her four co-conspirators on top of her, it would be the ultimate tragic fate for Bonnie to die of suicide. Bonnie has spent a lot of time on her own this season, isolating herself from the rest of the Monterey Five, as well as her husband. If she decided to drown herself in the ocean, it would be a terrible fate.
Mary Louise has the best motive of the group, and man it would be a whole new challenge to have a crucifix toting Meryl Streep offing a woman for her son’s murder. Bonnie is the only mom in the group that Mary Louise hasn’t had a heated exchange with, but it’s clear that something is brewing between the two. Though it’s not very clear how exactly the two would find themselves in a situation where Mary Louise would toss her into the ocean, leave it to Meryl to pull it off.
Jane’s new beau seems a bit too good to be true, but he’s also the one with the most logical reason to be near the ocean. Jane hasn’t had much to do this season outside of opening up to Corey about her past, but it would be painfully fitting for the newest man in her life to betray her. The motive leaves a bit of a question mark, but if Jane opens up about the murder, another heated exchange could lead to an accidental death, leading Corey to dump Bonnie’s body into the ocean.
No matter what happens, Bonnie doesn’t deserve this dark watery fate. Maybe Elizabeth just has a super overactive imagination? Or maybe her new friend Ed will reveal a secret lifeguard training and save her (give Adam Scott his due!). Until then, someone keep Bonnie away from the ocean.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment.