Kate Winslet Would Love To Do More “Mare Of Easttown” And Stephen King Correctly Guessed The Killer (Of Course)
At pool parties across America on Memorial Day, the only sound that could probably be heard was the sound of crickets in bikinis loudly chirping as everyone silently sat there drinking their beer while thinking, “The fuck are we supposed to talk about now that Mare of Easttown is over?!” The latest mystery show that turned all of us into regular Detective La Toyas ended on Sunday night, and while HBO called it a “limited series,” we all know that for HBO that really means, “limited series… unless it’s a huge hit and then we’ll milk a season two out of it even though the story is done and there’s no place for the characters to go” (see: Big Little Lies, season 2). And Kate Winslet, the Mare in Mare of Vapetown Easttown, is totally into reuniting with the Watson to her Sherlock (AKA her vape) for a second season. A second season that I’m sure Stephen King will crack open right away since he figured out the killer of MoE before the finale aired. In the wise words of Christian Bale: OoooOoooh, gooood for you, Stephen King!
For the past seven Sundays, many of us have been holding a magnifying glass to the TV screen while watching MoE on HBO as we tried to figure out who among the ten billion suspects killed Erin McMenamin. At one point, I think I screamed, “It’s the vape! No, it’s that pepaw Jean Smart fucked! No, it’s that background extra in the bar scene!” But last night, we finally found out who killed Erin in the series finale. Or was it the series finale? TVLine talked to Kate Winslet about the end of the show and she’s not ready to hang up that Delco accent:
But there’s one person who definitely wants to see more of Mare: the star herself, Kate Winslet. “I would absolutely love to play Mare again,” she tells TVLine when asked about the prospect of 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.”
Craig Zobel, who directed all seven episodes of MoE, is also into doing a second season but is okay with that not happening. Slate talked to MoE’s creator, Brad Ingelsby, about the finale and asked him if he’s thought about doing another season. Brad says he’s a little on the eh-side of a possible second season because he knows it’s been tricky for some limited series to pull that off (*cough* BIG *cough* LITTLE *cough* LIES). But Brad is all for once again working with Kate Winslet, who is going to win every award imaginable for this, and legendary legend Jean Smart, who deserves to win every award imaginable for her drunken fall in the last episode alone!
It definitely has a definitive end. I’m leery of the second seasons I’ve watched, and how tricky it is to come back and do it well. If we can do it well and have it be great—and obviously, so many things go into making something that works and doesn’t work—it’s hard to say right now. Just the scripts or whatever have to be good, or the idea has to be good, because so many other pieces … I know this is a collaboration. But if I was convinced that we had a great story that Mare can go through, or if I was convinced that the story could be really strong and emotional, then I would absolutely give it some thought. I don’t have that idea now, but I do want to work with Kate Winslet and Jean Smart again. Are you kidding me? I’d be a total idiot not to at least try to crack a story.
Since Kate Winslet wants to play Mare again and Brad Ingelsby is open to it, I’m sure we are going to get a second season, which should just be Mare saying “wudder” over and over again. And if a second season happens, that gives Stephen King another chance to continue his streak of figuring out the killer.
On the morning that the final episode of Mare of Easttown aired, Stephen King tweeted the name of who he believed killed Erin. I don’t know if Stephen King got some insider info or he was just being Stephen King, but he got it right. Some took Stephen King’s guess as a spoiler and slapped him down for it, which he responded to:
I deleted the “spoilers” and have gamely resisted saying “Oh grow up.” I was excited to have gotten it right. If you don’t know the doer at this point and have successfully resisted the zeitgeist, all I can say is good on ya, mate.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 31, 2021
Okay, whatever, Stephen King, but did you figure out the other big reveal of the series? No, I’m not talking about Mare’s full name being Marianne. I’m talking about when Jean Smart’s character (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT AHEAD) revealed that she hides her ice cream in a frozen vegetable bag:
Jean Smart serving ice cream reveal realness: pic.twitter.com/8jAvmQr4Gm
— Vulture (@vulture) May 11, 2021
Now that was a twist (because I thought it was going to be vodka).