HBO’s Mare of Easttown was a smash hit for the company, earning massive praise for both the story and, more specifically, for Kate Winslet’s performance as lead character Mare Sheehan. Speaking to The Guardian about the potential future of the series, Winslet noted that she feels the series would have to touch on the ongoing discussion of police brutality.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be playing Mare again,” Winslet said. “But if we were to do a second season, then for sure these atrocities which have existed in the police force here and in America will find their way into the stories we tell. One hundred percent. You can’t pretend these things haven’t happened.”
Because Mare of Easttown tells the story of a detective trying to uncover a heinous crime, Winslet believes that if they were to return to the series, they would have to use their voices in order to do continue bringing to light the stories happening in real life.
“It’s horrible, isn’t it? This moment in time,” Winslet said. “It’s horrific. You can hear me, I can’t quite find the words because we all feel so betrayed and powerless. We have to turn this moment into something meaningful. We have to use our voices on behalf of people who don’t have one. That matters to me now in ways that hadn’t even crossed my mind in my 20s.”
Mare of Easttown is a seven-part miniseries that centers on Winslet’s Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as her life crumbles around her, and is described as “an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our past.”
Mare of Easttown also stars Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider), three-time Emmy winner Jean Smart (Watchmen), Angourie Rice (Black Mirror), Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce). David Denman (Outcast), Joe Tippett (Rise), Cailee Spaeny (Devs), John Douglas Thompson (Let Them All Talk), Patrick Murney (Seven Seconds), James McArdle (Ammonite). Sosie Bacon (Here and Now), and Neal Huff (The Wire).
The limited series also featured Kate Arrington, Ruby Cruz, Eisa Davis, Enid Graham, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, Izzy King, Mackenzie Lansing, Cameron Mann, Kiah McKirnan, Jack Mulhern, Anthony Norman, Drew Scheid, and Madeleine Weinstein.