Top of the Lake has risen for Season 2, leaving the door open for a potential third season. Speaking to Deadline, star Elisabeth Moss explained the decision to extend the drama into a second season, further deconstructing the myth that ‘miniseries’ always means ‘one-and-done’:
When you made the first season of Top Of The Lake, everyone thought it would be a one-off. What changed?
That’s what we thought, too. Honestly, Jane and Emile [Sherman, executive producer] and I kind of started lightly talking about if there was a second season, and what it might be when we were in New Zealand, filming the first season. But at the time, it was one of those things, like, “Let’s see how the first season goes first.” You can imagine: We were making this weird show in New Zealand, and thinking, I don’t know if anyone’s going to watch it.
Jane and I kept musing about it after that. It started to get more serious around the time of the Emmys, the year the show was nominated—that was when we had our first real conversation about it. I asked her to make it more challenging and make it darker; we needed a real reason to do it again. And then it just took forever. Jane and Gerard don’t just churn these things out. They take their time to make sure it’s good and worth it.
Top of the Lake Season 2, titled China Girl, premieres September 2017 on SundanceTV.
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