‘Mare of Easttown’ Season 2 News, Release Date, Cast, Spoilers

There are some stories that are just meant to end, and it’s hard to argue that Mare of Easttown isn’t one of them. The HBO detective drama aired on May 30, 2021 and ended not only with a shocking twist and a clean ending to a wild murder case, but also with a unique image that will long be seared in viewers’ brains: Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet ), finally facing her grief by going up a ladder to the attic where her son died.

The camera hangs, almost tenderly, on this ladder. We don’t see Mare’s face when we reach the top, and we don’t need to. We can imagine the ensuing tears, the heaving body, and the final long haul of purification. And the same goes for the other characters writer Brad Inglesby has introduced to so many viewers: We don’t need to see Siobhan Sheehan (Angourie Rice) driving across the country to know that her time in Berkley will be vital to her own grief journey. We don’t need to see Ryan Ross (Cameron Mann) released from juvenile detention to know that his life has been changed forever by that stray gunshot. We don’t need to see what comes next. Mare of Easttown gives us just enough, and no more.

Still, it’s hard not to crave a series that spawned so many theories (plus an SNL sketch) and brought Kate Winslet’s inimitable talents back into Emmy consideration. So, is there a future for Mare or Easttown? We outline the opportunities below.

Mare of Easttown is announced as a limited series.

Like The Undoing before it, Mare of Easttown is billed as a one-season limited series, intended to tell the entire story in seven episodes. It would be a huge shift for the show to move beyond the finale, though not impossible. If Mare’s reception is noteworthy, it’s possible HBO would push for another chapter (if only for the sake of riding the hype train). Other notable shows that started out as a limited series but came back for another bang include Big Little Lies, as well as Hulu’s The Great, which started out as a one-season story but quickly grew in size.

Neither director Craig Zobel nor writer Brad Inglesby have said much about continuing the story, but Inglesby is open to the idea.

None of the Mare creators seem very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​putting the detective back in the spotlight. Their main concern, it seems, was making sure this one final scene was as powerful as possible.

In an interview with ELLE.com, Inglesby admitted, “You kind of have to nail the ending or else the audience will say, ‘Man, I’ve wasted all those hours of my life.’ So I was just convinced that the ending had to be really good.” Using the word ‘end’ instead of ‘final’ seems to imply that this is the end of the road for Mare of Easttown.

But in an interview with Esquire, he revealed that he could be convinced to return for another chapter: “We never talked about returning… it’s basically a closed story. I think you’ve seen that now, the story ends. I think all the loose ends are tied up. I do not have [a season 2] in my head now, but I mean, listen, I love Mare. If we could ever give her a great season, I’d definitely consider it. However, I would only do it if I was convinced that we could make it great. I wouldn’t do it just because you have the chance to do it. I’d like to make sure it was as rich and compelling as I hope this season has been.”

The actors also think that the story is best left alone. But they would love to come back for the right sequel.

ELLE.com asked Rice her thoughts in a recent interview. Would she like to come back?

“Someone asked me that yesterday, and my immediate answer is, ‘Yes!'” said the actress. “But the more I think about it, the more I think, actually I’m so happy to leave those characters where they are. The more I think about it, the more I think, ‘No, no, no.’ I do like the power of this standalone story.

“But of course, if Brad were to write an incredible second season or an incredible spin-off, I would of course say, ‘Yeah!’ I don’t know what he thinks about it. When it was offered to me, it would always be seven episodes.”

There is apparently a talk about a season 2.

After scoring an Emmy nomination for her performance in Mare, Winslet weighed in and said there is “ongoing talk” about a second season.

“I’d love to play her again, I definitely believe there are more chapters in her story,” she told Deadline in July 2021. “But just because the story touched people doesn’t necessarily mean we can recreate it creatively.” But it doesn’t mean you have to close doors; we open doors, explore what’s behind the doors.”

In February 2022, Deadline reported that “talks have been going on about the return,” referring to Mare’s possible extension.

Casey Bloys, HBO’s chief content officer, told the outlet: “[Mare of Easttown] was such a good group of talent in front of and behind the camera. Both Kate and Craig are very busy, with films at Kate’s shop and other projects at Craig’s. I honestly don’t know if it’s going to be like they’re going to do another project and if the schedules match they might come back. It’s really kind of up in the air and really up to them. Of course we enjoy working with them and I love the show. That’s one we’ll have to wait and see how the time goes.”

Lauren Puckett-Pope Associate Editor Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.

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