Have you sufficiently recovered from the news that HBO has renewed Big Little Lies? Good, because we've got a lot to go over. In addition to announcing the second season of the explosive mini series (which I guess is just a regular series now), we've also been blessed with a handful of exciting details about the next instalment. Chief among them is a special announcement, courtesy of Vulture: four new characters are joining the show. So once you've finished sopping up the returning cast, let's go over the new faces that will emerge.

  • Michael Perkins: A new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students. Renata (Laura Dern) becomes furious when Mr. Perkins's lessons on global warming cause Amabella to have a panic attack.
  • A new employee in the school administration office: This woman befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley), and the two women eventually learn about each other's "deepest secrets."
  • Bonnie's parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard: Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (ZoĆ« Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.

Tragically, Big Little Lies won't premiere until sometime in 2019. I guess that means we have plenty of time to figure out what tumultuous storylines lie ahead.