‘Mare of Easttown’ Season 2: Does Kate Winslet Want Another Season?

Mare of Easttown is a crime drama TV series that is currently making waves on HBO. Starring Kate Winslet and a host of other talented performers, the series is at times shocking, gritty, quietly funny, and immersive, all at once.

The limited series aired just seven episodes, but with new fans discovering the show every day, many are wondering if the show could possibly return for a second season. Recently, Winslet opened up about the possibility of a second season for Mare of Easttown, and what she thinks about reprising the role of Mare Sheehan. 

What is ‘Mare of Easttown’ about?

Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan and John Douglas Thompson as Chief Carter on 'Mare of Easttown'
Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan and John Douglas Thompson as Chief Carter on ‘Mare of Easttown’ | Michele K. Short/HBO

Mare of Easttown started airing on HBO in April 2021, and right away, the show began earning critical acclaim. The series focuses on Mare Sheehan, a Philadelphia detective who is tasked with investigating the murder of a young mother.

In addition to Mare’s professional struggles, she has a difficult time balancing her personal life with the demands of her job. With many locals questioning Mare’s detective skills, after she was unable to solve a missing person case, Mare is more determined than ever to make a difference in her community.

Mare of Easttown was created especially for television by Brad Ingelsby, a talented screenwriter who has worked on projects like American Woman. Mare of Easttown is a labor of love for Ingelsby, with the writer recently admitting that he has been working on the production since 2018: “When we first started writing it in 2018, I was feeling like we were in a dark time in this country. I wanted to portray the need for compassion and mercy and to help each other with a certain level of kindness and decency.”

Kate Winslet plays the lead character Mare Sheehan

Mare of Easttown features some big-name stars, including the Winslet in the lead role of Mare Sheehan. Winslet has been in the entertainment industry since the early ’90s and first shot to fame after her starring role in the blockbuster film Titanic. Over the years, Winslet has shown that she isn’t willing to be typecast as any one character, and has gone out of her way to accept challenging roles.

Mare Sheehan is a character that is unlike any role that Winslet has ever taken on. Describing Mare, Winslet explained that the detective is not one to focus on her appearance, and that “she’s kind of stopped caring what people even think about her.” Rather, Mare is focused on her job first and is always willing to do what it takes to solve a case. 

What did Kate Winslet say about reprising the role of Mare?

Many fans are clamoring for a second season of Mare of Easttown. However, with the show being billed as a “limited series,” any potential future episodes are up in the air.

In spite of the fact that nothing has yet been confirmed, Winslet has gone on the record to say that she would be open to returning to the role of Mare Sheehan.

“I would absolutely love to play Mare again,” the actor revealed to TVLine. “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.”

For now, fans of Mare of Easttown will have to wait and see what the future brings.

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