big love season premiere 2 'Big Love': Tensions run high at the start of the final season The fifth and final season of HBO’s “Big Love” picks up more or less where we left it — with the Henrickson clan officially outed as polygamists and about to suffer consequences that seem even more difficult than expected.

It wouldn’t be fair to give too much away on a show that’s always been most successful when delivering shocking moments, but the first three episodes back are fairly intense.

Bill (Bill Paxton) realizes his only ally in the Senate won’t do him any good, two of the wives are less than pleased with their new, public lives, Albie emerges from a visit to the desert with revenge on his mind and the remaining kids — Tancy joins Sarah as an off-camera Henrickson — are getting a lot of flack for who their parents are.

This produces one of the more disturbingly funny moments in the season premiere, which HBO has put online early. Nicki (Chlo� Sevigny), who will clearly never change her colors, corners a school bully and starts throwing as many slurs for red-heads that she can think of.

Hilarious, but it doesn’t end well:

Season 5 of “Big Love” starts Sunday, Jan. 16, at 9:00 p.m. ET.