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    This "Big Little Lies" Theory Raises Some Terrifying Questions About What Happened To Perry's Brother

    And how does Mary Louise play into all of this?

    So last Sunday on Big Little Lies Season 2, Episode 2, we learned some verrrrrrry interesting facts about Perry's past that just upped ALL the stakes (spoilers ahead!!).

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    Remember how the first season of the show entirely revolved around one death? Well, it looks like we just got our official Season 2 mystery to solve! (H/t to PopSugar for catching this theory!)

    Early on in the episode, we watch Mary Louise talk to Celeste about her own experience with tragedy: an accident involving someone in the Wright family named Raymond.

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    "Right after the accident, after we lost Raymond..."

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    "I was sure I would not be able to go on..."

    (At this point, I figured Raymond was Mary Louise's husband/Perry's father, and I was like oh hmm yeah okay he had a tragic childhood without a father figure, that seems to check out??)

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    "...that I wouldn't go on, but I did. Because of Perry."

    Then, in a crucial scene, we get a flashback to one of Celeste and Perry's first dates, where they talk about their families. That's when Perry mentions his brother...

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    ...who is likely the "Raymond" in question!

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    "He passed away when I was five." I mean, unless the dude had TWO major deaths in his family?? It can't be a coincidence!

    And since all Big Little Lies fans know that Perry is a Very Bad Dude, it's totally natural to assume that if the show is bringing up this mysterious "accident" from Perry's family's past, he PROBABLY had something to do with it, right?

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    ^^Season 1 and book fans to everyone else who thinks this is just a show about moms brunching!!

    Especially since the theme of violence between brothers is something that keeps coming up — i.e., when Celeste ends up breaking up another fight between her twin boys (she seems to be doing a lot of this? the fights seem to be getting more violent?) and screaming, "You will NOT be like him."

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    Apologies for the blurry screengrabs but listen, Nicole Kidman was FLINGING those kids around!! It was madness.

    It's definitely plausible — remember when Perry creepily told Celeste (during the date night flashback) that he wanted to have her all to himself? Sounds like he's the extremely possessive type, and he probably was that way as a kid.

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    Like maybe Perry couldn't deal with having a brother get all the attention and killed him???

    But wait: Redditors aren't letting the other Wright family member we know get off the hook: because what if MARY LOUISE had something to do with this brother's death?

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    "I was thinking maybe even Mary Louise kills Raymond, and she gets 5-year-old Perry to go along with covering crime. This is where Perry learned to be a monster. One theme running through the season is that the kids emulate parents," theorized ides_of_arch.

    And you know what? I'm convinced. I mean, just look at this face. This is a woman with murder-level secrets!!!

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    So anyway, I'll just let you sit with that theory for the next few days...as I always say, nothing like a little potential infanticide/fratricide in the narrative to keep your Sunday nights just absolutely terrifying!

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    **Cue foreboding wave crash**