HBO has a reputation for delivering unexpected hits. No one expected a small show about dragons to become the show of the decade when Game of Thrones first aired in 2011. No one expected Chernobyl, a strange historical piece about a nuclear meltdown, to be more important than Game of Thrones’ final season when it premiered the same week. And no one expected Mare of Easttown to become everyone’s new favorite detective show when it premiered in the spring of 2021. So, how is Mare of Easttown Season 2 going? For a return to eastern Pennsylvania, things are starting to look promising.
Mare of Easttown was supposed to be a seven-episode limited series at first. The show, which was billed as a limited series from the start, was one of HBO’s signature single-story miniseries since the 1970s. It had a star-studded cast, similar to Watchmen or Chernobyl, but not the kind that is expected to watch multiple seasons of television. The series, which starred Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, was a huge hit, and its finale caused the HBO Max app to crash, marking the first time an HBO app had reached overload since the Game of Thrones finale.
It’s understandable that HBO executives would reconsider the show’s limited series status given the level of interest. This isn’t the first time the network has turned a short-lived drama into a multi-season drama. After all, Big Little Lies did it famously. Plus, there’s the reason for fans to be optimistic. Because of the following reasons:
Season 2 premiere date for Mare Of Easttown:
There’s no official release date for Season 2 because it hasn’t been greenlit yet. However, given Winslet’s push for a second season, HBO may announce it before the end of the year, putting a new season in the works for 2023.
What would happen in the second season of Mare of Easttown?
There’s a case to be made for leaving Mare where we last saw her, ascending into the loft where her son Kevin committed himself for the first time since his death.
But there’s also one for reuniting with her once the dust has calmed.
Mare was not the woman we said goodbye to when we first met her at the start of the series. The protagonist had been forced to confront her unresolved trauma during therapy. Her initial aversion to going there softened with each chat, and we watched a transformation. Mare was evolving into a person who was learning to live with the unacceptable rather than railing against it at every turn, her grief encircling her. With that transformation came new layers to her character, which, combined with the central mystery, kept the audience glued to the screen.
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In many other series, Erin McMenamin’s murder and the countless twists and turns that led to the identification of Lori and John Ross’s son Ryan as the killer would have been the primary driving factor. Mare of Easttown, on the other hand, was as much a character study as a murder mystery, with viewers completely immersed in the police detective’s quest (and her complete lack of cooking abilities – cheese in a can, anyone?) from the start.
There would be no complaints if Jean Smart, who plays Mare’s Fruit Ninja-loving, cocktail-swilling, snack-hoarding mother Helen, was given another chance. We’d be willing to pay a lot of money for a Jean spin-off, but that’s a topic for another day.
Season two would, of course, introduce a new crime, the ramifications of which would engulf the Easttown community, dragging a slew of new faces and secrets into the open.
However, as we saw with Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and Phoebe Waller-Fleabag, Bridge’s putting down the pen and walking away can be the smartest move a creator can make.
There’s a chance that future seasons would have surpassed their predecessors’ achievements, but both Coel and Waller-Bridge had depleted their resources in terms of the stories and characters that drive them. Returning would have been disingenuous, as the choice was based on requests from the public and networks for a new serving rather than a passionate desire to tell a certain story.
The overall perception following Big Little Lies’ second season was that it fell short of its predecessor, and while the acclaim lavished on the first season’s cast and writers cannot be taken away from them, it lost some of its lusters.
But, with Inglesby insisting that the circumstances must be ideal for him to say yes, we can be sure that if we do meet Mare again, we’ll be in for a treat.
Obviously, Kate Winslet would reprise her role as Mare Sheehan, with Jean Smart reprising her role as her mother Helen and Guy Pearce reprising his role as her on-again, off-again love interest Richard.
We’d also like to see Angourie Rice reprise her role as Mare’s daughter Siobhan, John Douglas Thompson reprise his role as Chief Carter, and Julianne Nicholson reprises her role as Mare’s best friend Lori, whose son Ryan (Cameron Ross) was finally discovered to be responsible for Erin’s murder.
Unfortunately, Evan Peters will not reprise his role as Detective Colin Zabel, as he was killed in the line of duty, but Mare may be assigned a new partner.
Where can I find the second season of Mare of Easttown?
On HBO and HBO Max, you may watch Mare of Easttown.
Season 2 of Mare of Easttown has how many episodes?
There are seven episodes:
The show was completed on May 31 after seven episodes, with the mystery surrounding Erin McMenamin’s death finally being solved and all loose ends being tied together.
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