“Mare of Easttown” was billed as a limited series but the creator behind the show as well as star Kate Winslet are both open to returning under the right conditions…
“Mare of Easttown” wrapped up this past Sunday night with the seventh and final episode in the limited series from creator Brad Ingelsby with Oscar winner Kate Winslet in the lead role as Mare Sheehan — a detective in a small Pennsylvania community where a shocking murder rocks the town to its very core.
From the start, Ingelsby envisioned “Mare of Easttown” as a limited series after writing those seven episodes but the reception the show has received has been nothing short of stunning.
In fact, HBO Max crashed on Sunday night due to the massive amount of viewers going to the streaming service to catch the finale where the killer teased throughout the series was finally revealed.
Thanks to the immense success and popularity surrounding “Mare of Easttown,” there have been more than a few questions about the possibility that the show could return for a second season. This has happened before after HBO debuted series such as “Big Little Lies” and the demand for more eventually led to a second season.
Then again, “Watchmen” was a huge success for HBO but series creator Damon Lindelof passed on doing another season and HBO refused to move forward without his involvement.
That said, Ingelsby admits that if the right story came along that inspired him to continue on with the characters in “Mare of Easttown,” he might be convinced to return.
“It was written as a limited, and it ends — there’s no more mystery to be solved,” Ingelsby told the Hollywood Reporter. “Kate and I, if we could crack a story that we were really proud of and felt like it was a deserving second chapter in Mare’s journey, then maybe.
“I haven’t cracked that yet; I don’t know what that is, honestly. But if there was a world in which we were convinced, this is a continuation of the story that honors the first chapter and does things an audience will appreciate, then maybe. But as of right now, I have no idea what that could be.”
While this series served as Winslet’s first major role on television since she did another limited series with HBO titled “Mildred Pierce” back in 2011, she also loves the idea of returning to play Mare Sheehan again.
“I would absolutely love to play Mare again,” Winslet told TVLine when asked about possibly returning for a season 2. “I miss her. I really do. It’s the strangest thing. I feel like I’m in mourning. It was an absolutely wonderful role… There’s something very addictive about Mare, because she’s so outrageous and lovable and brilliant and real, you know? I loved playing her.”
Winslet also served as an executive producer on the series that co-starred Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson, Guy Pearce and Angourie Rice.
It’s tough to say if “Mare of Easttown” will return or not but the two biggest components to make that happen are already on board if the right idea for another season comes along.
That said, expect Winslet and the rest of the team from “Mare of Easttown” to clean up in the Limited Series category at the Emmys later this year.