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In the TV series Big Little Lies, we are repeatedly told that Nathan left Madeline and Abigail 15 years ago. We also see a lot of friction and conflict between the two families.

So how is it that Madeline and Nathan are both living with their (new) families in Monterey? Was this a deliberate arrangement or some sort of a coincidence? (I'm not sure if this was explained in the TV series and I missed it. Or perhaps it is only explained in the book which I haven't read.)

  • The first season is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty (I don't know if the show excluded known information from the novel or not). She serves as an EP on the TV series and came up with/helped carve out the new story for season 2, which given casting spoilers and how Bonnie's backstory was hinted at (her strong reaction, her spiritual healing practices), but not presented like some of the other female characters, I might speculate that season 2 may give us some kind of an answer. – Darth Locke Aug 11 '18 at 15:09

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