The latest small-town crime drama to hit HBO Max, Mare of Easttown, has captured its viewers' attention with fantastic plot twists and an all-star cast. The last episode in Season 1 aired on May 30, 2021, which had fans wondering: Will there be a Mare of Easttown Season 2? Here's everything we know about the critically acclaimed series.
So, will 'Mare of Easttown' have a Season 2?
The hit series Mare of Easttown follows Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan, who is investigating the murder of a teen mother while also grappling with internal struggles. Some of the trials and tribulations Mare faces include divorce, the death of her son, and her ex-addict daughter-in-law attempting to get custody of her grandson.
Mare of Easttown follows Mare investigating the disappearance of another local young woman that has been an unsolved case for over a year, casting doubt on Mare's skills as a detective. The muddling of her personal life with her cases keeps the show intriguing — and continued disappearances of young women have left audience members second-guessing who they think the killer is.
The show has been lauded by critics for details such as Kate's dedication to the "Delco" accent native to Delaware County in Pennsylvania. Fans of the show have been hoping it will return for a second season. Unfortunately, Mare of Easttown getting a second season is highly unlikely. In addition to the show's description as a "limited series," the director and showrunner seem very final in all their decisions for the show.
In an interview with Collider, showrunner Brad Ingelsby discussed knowing the ending to the show before writing the opening scene. "But I very much had to have the ending in my head, even prior to starting the opening scene. If you know where it ends, then you can cheat some things and have the audience leaning here when they should be leaning there. It was a learning experience and I hope we’ve pulled it off."
Brad also emphasized what he hopes viewers will take away from the show's ending. He says, "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. 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."
That being said, much of the cast is open to a second season, though there's no official word on it just yet. HBO executive Casey Bloys told Variety that if there was an idea for a second season "I think everyone 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," he said. "I don't even have any idea that there's going to be a timeline [for making a Season 2 decision]. Usually, we take the lead from our creators. There's been no real conversations about what a Season 2 would look like."
Thankfully, there are many other shows that are crime dramas in small towns to enjoy for fans of Mare of Easttown until there's a clearer answer.
Maybe down the line, the director will craft a show following Mare on a different case. Until then, you can stream all episodes of Mare of Easttown exclusively on HBO Max.