Here's Proof That 'Big Little Lies' and 'Mamma Mia!' Exist in the Same Universe

Robin Zlotnick - Author

Jun. 12 2019, Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

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We're only one episode into Big Little Lies season 2, and already Meryl Streep has Meryl Streep'd up the place in the best way possible. She's absolutely searing and unnerving as Perry's (Alexander Skarsgård) mother Mary Louise (which happens to be Meryl's actual first name, do with that information what you will), and she's already got us super excited for the rest of the season. 

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Some fans on Twitter weren't so distracted by Meryl's performance in the show, however. They were more focused on the apparent connection between Big Little Lies and Mamma Mia!, which both now star the one and only. We are about to break it down for you, just like Mary Louise broke down Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) in their little encounter at the café in the first episode.

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Seriously, they should just cancel the Emmys and give them all to Meryl already. But that's not why we are here today! We are here to prove that Big Little Lies and Mamma Mia! take place in the same universe. And not only that. 

Big Little Lies may hold the answer as to which of the three Mamma Mia! fathers is the real one. I know. It's not something I expected either. But I'm also not mad about it. And we may have our answer because of one Twitter user named Molly.

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Now, you may be asking yourself, "What? How? Why? All the other question words? What evil sorcery is this?" I know you probably didn't expect to hear that Big Little Lies and Mamma Mia! exist in the same universe. It's not something I expected either. But I'm also not mad about it. 

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So do not fear. It will all make sense in a second, if it hasn't clicked already. We will break it down beat by beat. You know by now that Meryl Streep plays Alexander Skarsgård's mother on Big Little Lies.

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That's Mary Louise. Alexander Skarsgård, who played Perry in the first season of Big Little Lies, until he's pushed (SPOILER ALERT) to his death in the last episode, well, his real-life father is actor Stellan Skarsgård. And Stellan played Bill, one of the three fathers, in Mamma Mia!

Of course, Meryl Streep is also in the Mamma Mia! universe as Donna, the mother of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who spends the whole movie trying to figure out who her real father is!

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Ergo, therefore, thus, if Meryl Streep is Alexander Skarsgård's mother, and Stellan Skarsgård, AKA Bill, is his father, it would stand to reason that Bill is also Sophie's father. So, there you have it, folks. The mystery of Mamma Mia!, solved by season 2 of Big Little Lies. Who'da thunk?

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This revelation, of course, sent ripples of disbelief, shock, and glee throughout the whole internet. I mean, people's minds were really blown. As they should be! 

One commenter even pointed out that if this connection is true, then Alexander Skarsgård and Amanda Seyfried are siblings. AS and AS. The same initials. Spooky, isn't it? 

Honestly, silly conspiracy theories about TV and movies is when Twitter is at its best. Sure, Donna could have had one kid with Bill and another with Colin Firth or Pierce Brosnan, but where's the fun in that? I'd much rather believe that Mary Louise had a past filled with sunshine and singing and making multiple babies with Stellan Skarsgård. It makes her character on Big Little Lies all the richer. 

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