HBO's latest crime thriller series Mare of Easttown has just come to a very dramatic end and frankly, we'll be talking about it nonstop for at least 3-5 business days. But the biggest question everyone has been asking basically since episode one aired is, can we expect a second season? The good news is that Mare of Easttown showrunners and series stars recently spoke out about the possibility of a second instalment of the hit crime thriller, the bad news is it's looking a bit touch and go...
Showrunner Brad Ingelsby broke all of our hearts when he explained to Collider that season two is currently looking quite unlikely, since he had a complete picture of the story in his mind when they set about making series one.
"I very much had to have the ending in my head, even prior to starting the opening scene," he explained.
"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."
But more recently, the head of HBO, Casey Bloys, weighed in on the idea of a second season. In an interview with Variety, he said; "If Brad felt like he had a story to tell that felt like it would be at the same level, I think everybody 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 added, "usually we take the lead from our creators."
Meanwhile Angourie Rice, who plays Mare's daughter Siobhan, told Elle that initially she was keen to film a second instalment.
"My immediate response is, 'Yeah!' But then, the more I think about it, the more I think, actually, I'm so happy to leave those characters where they are. The more I think about it, the more I’m like, 'No, no, no.' I kind of love the power that this standalone story has.
"But, of course, if Brad wrote an incredible second season or an incredible spinoff, of course I'd be like, 'Yeah!' I don’t know how he feels about it. When it was pitched to me, it was always going to be just seven episodes."
Okay, so it's not looking too good. But it's also not an out-and-out no?
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