We thought we couldn’t be any more excited about the second season of Big Little Lies, but then the news that Meryl Streep would be joining the show put us right over the top. Now, producer Bruna Papandrea is opening up about the newest addition to the cast, as well as the buzz around Alexander Skarsgård’s rumored (and unexpected) possible return.

“You don’t take any of it for granted,” Papandrea told E! News when asked about the hoopla around the show this awards season. “It’s so thrilling every time anything happens — the critical response, the audience response. And it’s such a wonderful group of people. We had such a great time making this show, so it’s wonderful to be with a group of people you love so much.”

She then revealed that production on the second season is getting closer (starting in “a couple of months,” in fact), before addressing recent reports that Alexander Skarsgård would be returning.

Spoilers for season 1 ahead!

With the actor’s character, Perry Wright, seemingly killed off at the end of the first season, many fans were shocked to hear that he might be coming back. But when asked whether he would indeed return, Papandrea simply replied, “Not that I know of,” before laughing.

She also spoke about the fact that she’ll be working with Streep during the upcoming season, which is obviously a thrill. “She’s amazing. She’s just a phenomenal actress,” Papandrea gushed to E!, noting that it will be incredible to have the beloved star join the already “beautiful ensemble of women and men.”

Streep will be playing the mother of Skarsgard’s character, but Papandrea said that they don’t know much else at this point, and that they’re all “waiting for those stories to come in” before making any concrete plans. That includes the decision about which other cast members might return. “We’re still in conversations with most people,” she said. “But I hope many of the original cast will be returning.” So do we!

Who are you hoping to see in the second season of Big Little Lies? Let us know @BritandCo!

(photo via Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards)