‘Mare of Easttown’ Creator Confirms the Ending Will Be a Surprise

Mare of Easttown pulled viewers into its thrilling murder mystery with its first six episodes. The HBO drama concludes with its finale on May 30. But according to series creator Brad Ingelsby, despite the clues revealed in episode 6, the ending won’t be something fans expect. 

Mare of Easttown Episode 6 with Chief Carter and Mare
‘Mare of Easttown’ Episode 6 with John Douglas Thompson and Kate Winslet | Michele K. Short/HBO

‘Mare of Easttown’ fans are one episode away from finding out who killed Erin

Episode 6 of Mare of Easttown, “Sore Must Be the Storm,” brought viewers one step closer to finding out who killed Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny). After finding Katie Bailey (Caitlin Houlihan), Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is back on the job pursuing the murder investigation. 

By now, the list of suspects has narrowed. (Jack Mulhern) Dylan’s alibi is blown, and his aggressive behavior toward Jess (Ruby Cruz) suggests he’s hiding something big. 

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But Billy’s blood-stained appearance on the night of Erin’s murder and his confession to John narrow the suspect pool to the Ross family. Either Billy killed Erin as he said, or he’s covering for someone close to him — like John. 

In one of the final scenes of the penultimate episode, Jess hands Chief Carter (John Douglas Thompson) a photograph that may contain the killer’s identity. Carter looks surprised when he sees the photo and calls Mare right away — a hint that Billy may not be the culprit after all. 

Brad Ingelsby teases a surprise ending

We know Billy played a part in Erin’s death to some degree. But as Mare of Easttown creator Brad Ingelsby told Collider, the series won’t end with such an obvious reveal. Here’s what he said:

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I hope that [fans will] be surprised, but in a really good way and that they haven’t been cheated in any way. We’ve invested so much time in this town and these people that I hope an audience trusts that we’ll do right, in terms of the ending. It’s not gonna be one of those endings where it’s like, ‘If you blinked in Episode 1, it was that weird guy in the woods,’ or something like that. It won’t be that type of ending.

Brad Ingelsby, Collider

The ‘Mare of Easttown’ ending will also be an eye-opener for Mare

Aside from the pressures of finding a missing girl and a killer, Mare has been dealing with her own personal issues. She still hasn’t confronted the trauma of her son’s death, and she’s neglected to open up about his life in any way. 

But Ingelsby suggested that Mare will finally face her demons in the Mare of Easttown series finale. And he hopes her resolution will connect with fans who’ve invested their time in the character.  

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“I hope the mystery is surprising and compelling. But I hope what they walk away with is that they got to spend time with the group of people that they got invested in and they cared about and were hopefully like them in some way,” Ingelsby told Collider. “Hopefully, watching Mare have to deal with this grief and cope and confront this thing that’s haunted her will illuminate their own lives in some way.”

“And hopefully, it’s moving,” he continued. “That’s what I always try to have a story be. I want it to be moving, in some way, and I hope that happens with this one.”