Mare of Easttown was a big hit for HBO, earning acclaim from critics and being the type of water cooler buzz show that we’ve been missing since now many people are back at actual water coolers. Its success does not necessarily mean a second season, as it…wasn’t supposed to have one in the first place.
The series was always meant to be a standalone, but because the show was a hit and Mare (the Kate Winslet character and the series) resonated with everyone, that could change. But HBO isn’t pressuring its creator, Brad Inglesby, and leaving it all in his hands. Here’s HBO’s Casey Bloys on the topic via Variety:
“If Brad felt like he had a story to tell that felt like it would be at the same level, I think everybody would be open to it. Right now, he doesn’t have that story. Who knows? We’ll have to wait to see if they come up with something they’re dying to tell…Usually we take the lead from our creators. There’s been no real conversations about what a Season 2 would look like.”
We’ve heard this from them before. This is pretty much exactly what they said about a second season of Watchmen, another hit, and that does not seem to be materializing because Damon Lindeloff didn’t have any ideas for it. But we’ve also seen the opposite happen with a show like Big Little Lies, where that was supposed to be standalone until it was a hit and everyone wanted to come back and do it again (in that case, I’d argue that they shouldn’t have, as it felt like one of the most pointless second seasons in recent memory).
I think Mare of Easttown could potentially learn from Broadchurch, the famous UK crime series that had a similar first season (the killer ends up being pretty close to home in a small town) but went on to both incorporate that past storyline with interesting new ones in a way that worked. That said, if there are no ideas, no need to force it.
A complicating factor here is that Brad Inglesby has signed an overall deal with HBO in the wake of Mare. That’s good news for him, but it also may signal that he has an idea for an entirely new project separate from Mare to make next for HBO, rather than a season 2 that wasn’t supposed to originally exist in the first place. And if that’s where his head is at, I say let him do a new series. It’s not like it will be lacking a talented cast, after everyone saw how well Kate Winslet did in his first series. For her part, Winslet says she would absolutely play Mare again if asked, but star that she may be, it’s probably not going to be up to her.
We will see what develops about a potential Mare of Easttown season 2, but it’s looking less likely than more, at the moment.
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