How will ‘Big Little Lies’ 2 conclude? With a death, a deception, a damaging diary, a drowning — or something else?

Shailene Woodley proved herself to be a bit of a minx when she appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week.  The actress who plays Jane Chapman on HBO’s “Big Little Lies” apparently told a whopper about the season 2 finale airing on Sunday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

She said that her character — along with those played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz  — will visit the grave of sexual predator and abusive spouse Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard), who died from a fall on the previous season, only to find his resting place to be empty. She walked back her fib on Thursday by clarifying on an Instagram post that confessed, “TOO LATE TO TELL YOU THAT WAS JUST one big. little. lie.”

So cross that off your bingo card of possibilites for the show’s wrap-up.

Still, there are countless theories being floated about what could really happen based perceived forshadowing of several outcomes. I even have my own thoughts on what will happen — and that will definitely involve Kidman’s attorney Celeste questioning her mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), in court and digging for the truth about her past. But here are a few  online guesses, some likely, some far-fetched and others that feel more like wishful thinking. Warning: Spoilers could be ahead so tread with care.

*Mary Louise will die. This one is iffy. One does not take killing off an estimable character played by Oscar’s favorite actress lightly. Yes, Streep’s grudge-holding grandma is a judgmental and passive-aggressive piece of work. Besides, she will suffer more for her past sins if she lives and the Monterey Five are freed of their guilt over whatever part they played in Perry’s death.

*Jane’s love interest Corey is Perry’s brother. We know that Mary Louise — who is seeking guardianship of Celeste’s twin boys — had another son, Raymond, who died after some kind of accident that occurred under her supervision. That loss apparently traumatized a 5-year-old Perry. Her husband also left her after that, remarried and had more children.  The summary of episode 7 says that Celeste will be grilling her mother-in-law about a tragic event. A Reddit user, who goes by the moniker emmyeggo, believes that Corey (Douglas Smith) could somehow be related to Perry. The reason? He was seen leaving the police station by Kravitz’s Bonnie. When asked, he denies being a detective. This only works if Mary-Louise had the wherewithal to fake such a death. Or if Perry has a stepbrother.

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*Bonnie’s diary writings will reveal all. Kravitz has been scribbling her jumble of thoughts into a notebook, including details of what happened when Perry fell to his death. She told her comatose mother about what she remembers about that night. Who knows, maybe she heard what her daughter said and will blurt out the truth if and when she wakes up.

*Bonnie — or someone else — will drown. This theory is mostly based on her mother’s visions of someone struggling in the water. Wet stuff plays a big role in the show as waves crash on the beaches or Celeste takes a shower and relives her foggy memories of being with men she hardly knows. In episode 3, a young Bonnie is scared to put her head underwater in a pool. Her mom then simply shoves her head into the water.  Another drowning reference came in episode 2 when Celeste tells Mary Louise that Witherspoon’s Madeline saved her grandson Max from drowning.

The big drawback for most of these suppositions, however, is that it is doubtful that the minds behind “Big Little Lies’ want to bum out viewers with a downer ending. There has to be some closure after all. And more Emmys — especially for Streep and Dern — all around.

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