Kate Winslet addresses Mare of Easttown season two

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Kate Winslet addresses Mare of Easttown season two
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This article contains spoilers for Mare of Easttown season 1.

It was a big night for Mare of Easttown at the Emmys on Sunday evening, with Kate Winslet winning the award for Leading Actress, and co-stars Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson winning Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

The HBO drama's success could push creator Brad Inglesby to start formulating a script, after Winslet previously mentioned that he had some 'cool ideas' for a second season.

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

Winslet also shared a series two update backstage at the award ceremony, telling press including Deadline: 'Conversations are happening, but I think until scripts are in place that we can really respond to, and know what a full story of a Season 2 might be and where Mare goes.

'We're not going to match what we already did, nor should we try, but we should do at least provide something that's as captivating and entertaining as Season 1.'

Speaking previously during an interview with the LA Times, Winslet has revealed that she and Inglesby 'have talked and texted regularly about what a second chapter for Mare might look like, throwing ideas around and trying to crack a satisfying story'. Inglesby added that he would 'love nothing more than to do it', and the Oscar winner added that he has shared 'some very cool ideas' for another chapter.

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

Winslet starred as the brilliantly intuitive detective Mare Sheehan, who was leading an investigation into the brutal murder of a young mother in their small, neglected Pennsylvania town.

The drama was commended for its sensitive handling of mental health issues and grief, with Mare dealing with the death of her son who had taken his life, which had been plagued by drug addiction.

Viewers also loved the dynamic between Mare and her indomitable mother, Jean Smart's Helen, and her seemingly impenetrable friendship with Julianne Nicholson's Lori Ross.

Here's everything we know about the possibility of season two so far...

Mare of Easttown season 2: The plot

Season one concluded with Mare finding the killer responsible for the death of Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) – which in the shocking denouement was revealed to be Lori's young son Ryan (Cameron Mann), and coming to terms with the death of her own son.

A new series could feature Winslet reprising Mare as she takes on a new investigation and perhaps with a new partner too, after Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) was shot and killed in the line of duty.

We'd also imagine that the storyline featuring Mare's pursuit of custody of grandson Drew (Izzy King) would continue, and we might visit Mare's daughter Siobhan (Angourie Rice) as she embarks on her degree at Berkley. It might touch on the aftermath of Lori's young son being charged with the murder of Erin, and how that has impacted her friendship with Mare.

Mare of Easttown season two: The cast

Kate Winslet would be back as Detective Mare Sheehan, and the show wouldn't be the same without Mare's mother Helen, played by Jean Smart.

We'd also hope for the return of Julianne Nicholson as Lori, John Douglas Thompson as Chief Carter, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley as Officer Trammel, and Angourie Rice as Siobhan. Guy Pearce could be back as Mare's enigmatic love interest Richard. Sadly Evan Peters won't be returning as Detective Colin Zabel, as he died during the line of duty.

Photo credit: HBO/Sky
Photo credit: HBO/Sky

Will there be a Mare of Easttown season two?

Winslet has confirmed that 'conversations' are being had about a potential second season, but no scripts have been written as yet.

Speaking about a potential second series, Winslet told Entertainment Weekly: 'The end of shooting we were like, "Holy hell, we can never ever do that again, so if HBO bring up the idea of a season 2, we've just all gotta say no, absolutely not, there's just absolutely no way we could ever possibly do it."

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

'And then there was talk of, "Well, could there be?" when the show was getting such great responses. And, creatively, Brad has shared some very cool ideas. we'll see what happens. But I also have to figure out, can I do it? Could I go through it again? It did cost me a lot emotionally to be her, and I just have to figure out if I can summon all that up again. It was a ride, that's for sure.'

Like us, Winslet also revealed that she was missing Mare, telling TV Line: 'I would absolutely love to play Mare again. 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.'

Mare of Easttown season two: Release date

As Winslet and creator Brad Ingelsby are only throwing around ideas for another season, we'll probably have to wait a while until Mare is back on our small screens.

A second series hasn't even been officially confirmed but with Winslet and Inglesby both keen for a Mare comeback, we imagine it's only a matter of time until season two is announced. Fingers crossed!

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