Given the combination of HBO and Kate Winslet, I assumed Mare of Easttown would be a critical darling, perhaps picking up further popularity after it aired and as it eventually racked up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in the following months. What I did not expect, however, was how quickly the series would become so popular within the culture.
Mare of Easttown has my Mom talkin’ like Yoda pic.twitter.com/Lhle0WdnuA
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) May 25, 2021
Mare of Easttown‘s viewership grew with each passing week, culminating in a finale that was seen by nearly three million viewers on the Sunday night that it aired. For my money’s worth, I think the series will also clean up at the Emmys, where it scored 16 nominations. That Best Actress in a Limited Series race between Winslet and Anya Taylor-Joy (for The Queen’s Gambit) will be tight, but I think the Emmys will ultimately give it to Winslet because they know Taylor-Joy has decades of success ahead of her if she so chooses. To be fair, though, so does Winslet, as she’s still somehow just 45-years-old.
Why mention all of this? To make clear just how much of a no-brainer a potential second season would be given its immediate critical and popular success. Plus, given that it’s shot in the blue-collar suburbs of Pennsylvania, it’s likely not all that expensive to film.
So, really, when you think about it, these recent comments from Kate Winslet about a potential second season — something she says she’d love to do — being an “ongoing conversation” should come as no surprise.
Kate Winslet didn’t over-promise anything but told us Season 2 is an “ongoing conversation.”
“I would love to play her again, I absolutely believe there’s more chapters to her story,” said the Oscar winning actress. “However, just because the story has touched people that doesn’t necessarily mean creatively we can do it again. But it doesn’t mean closing doors; we’re opening doors, exploring what’s behind the doors.” [via Deadline]
In addition to the Best Actress in a Limited Series nomination for Winslet, Mare of Easttown scored noms for: Writing and Directing for a Limited Series, two for Single-Camera Editing for a Limited Series, Production Design for Narrative (Hour or More), Limited Series Casting, Limited Series Cinematography, Contemporary Costumes, Contemporary Hairstyling, Contemporary Makeup, and Sound Mixing. Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, and Evan Peters all got Best Supporting nominations, as well.