Meryl Streep will be joining the moms of Monterey when the show returns, and HBO is justifiably thrilled about it.
That's news on its own, but her role is meaty: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Streep will be playing Mary Louise Wright, the mom of Perry Wright, who Alexander Skarsgård played to a terrifyingly intense degree of perfection before he fell to his death in the first season's finale.
THR adds that Skarsgård will return for a few moments in Season 2, so steel yourself for some Perry flashbacks — and what sounds like a brewing drama for Nicole Kidman's character and Perry's abused wife, Celeste: "Streep's Mary Louise Wright is described as a woman who is concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry's death. She arrives in Monterey searching for answers."
To reiterate: MERYL IS PLAYING THE MOM OF THE VERY BAD AND VERY DEAD GUY WHO DID SOME TERRIBLE THINGS AND THIS MEANS SHE'S PLAYING NICOLE KIDMAN'S MOTHER-IN-LAW AND JUST THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES.