I've only watched one episode. I wanted a crime show, not a character study, so it was a little disappointing.
I didn't know it was supposed to be set in SEPA but I could tell immediately. Of course I noticed that the accents weren't right and googled and saw that they had hired dialect coaches because they wanted an authentic Philly accent, not a more generic NY. Only some of them got it. I'm a good mimic but I still never got it quite down pat even after living there for six years.
So it's off to a slow start for me (I'm more into Scandinavian crime shows, where finding a body is generally how they start and then everyone is a potential suspect and I can enjoy it even when it's all ridiculous) but I'll probably give it one more chance.
The young girl with the baby and the baby's dad reminded me very much of the girl from Allentown PA who was on Teen Mom 3.
I'm enjoying it but it is rather depressing!! Was shocked at how old Guy Pearce looks, I remember him from his Neighbours days.
Ha, now you're showing your age!! Plus, he's exactly my age so he's just a spring chicken. I've seen him in lots of things since the glory days of Mike and Jane and Scott and Charlene so I wasn't shocked to see him. I am impatiently waiting for the latest season of Jack Irish to hit the screen.
And yes I agree with you about Mare of Easttown being depressing. I have to watch something a little brighter and sunnier after each episode.
I thought the first episode was slow as well - but I've been sick this week and stuck at home, so I kept watching & I'm glad I did. I'm really liking it and I have a few different theories on who the bad guy is. I was thinking it was Richard the author (Guy Pearce), but the end of ep 4 - that man looked bigger and beefier. I think the creepy priest is too obvious.
I like that Kate isn't afraid to look ordinary I also was not expecting the end of ep 4 and now I'm hanging out for the next episode.
Omg, Helen (Jean Smart) I love her. When she got the bag of peas out of the freezer with the fudge, I thought they were going to show how senile she is getting…then she pulls out Haagen-Dazs!!!!! THEN gets slammed in the face with a door!!!! I was dying!!!
I think I’m going to stop watching until all the episodes drop, then binge the whole season.
Anyone else think it was cute when he (name ?) introduced Mare to his Mom, and said "this is myMare....errrr....my partner" Some fans think his Mom seems a bit shifty. Hmm....she was staring HARD at them when they were drinking beer and going over the case.
I was thinking it was Richard the author (Guy Pearce), but the end of ep 4 - that man looked bigger and beefier. I think the creepy priest is too obvious.
Yes, we're wondering more about Richard now. There's a site where fans were speculating that he is only using Mare and her story for a new book, since his last bestseller was many years ago. You're right---even though the baby has reddish hair like the priest, it's too obvious.
Some fans are speculating that Mare's daughter's ( boring!) story line is shown way too much, but maybe it's because she's more involved in the murder(s) than it seems.
** NO SPOILERS** about episode 5, but I just want to say ugh--sooo sad (and totally shocked!)
Found an interesting interview in "The New York Times" that I wanted to share. ***INTERVIEW WITH EVAN PETERS (Zable) CONTAINS SPOILERS !!!*** I love how the cast is sooo in love with Wawa We used to stop there when we drove to Rehoboth Beach (Delaware)---fun memories!
When Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) breezes into the grim, insular, working-class Pennsylvania community of Easttown, he’s the young hot shot from county, sent to babysit the troubled detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) as she investigates the murder of a teenage mother.
But as the HBO limited series “Mare of Easttown” has unfolded, it has become clear in recent weeks that Colin’s instincts aren’t nearly as sharp as Mare’s. And for all of Mare’s embarrassing secrets, Colin has a few of his own — like the truth behind his role in the big case that made his reputation, and the sad revelation that he still lives with his mother.
He needs a win just as badly as Mare does.
So much for that win. In the show’s shocking fifth episode, Colin and Mare near the end of the hour on the same redemptive arc, closing in on a suspect who may be responsible for the abduction and possible murder of several young local escorts. When they find their man, he’s holed up in an abandoned corner tavern, where he has two of the missing women held under lock and key.
Just as things begin to get really tense: BAM! With one clean shot to the head, Colin is gone.
Fans of the show may still be reeling, but Peters seems perfectly happy to die for the cause. “I like the idea that he gets shot because it’s so real,” Peters said last weekend in a video call from Los Angeles. “That’s the way sickness and death is. It hits you in the most unexpected ways. You never plan to get sick. You never plan to die. It all just happens.”
Peters doesn’t give off the faintest whiff of disappointment over Colin’s fate. His character may have been on track to solve the case and even pursue a romantic future with Mare, but such a fate would seem conspicuously out of place in the fictional berg of Easttown, set just outside Philadelphia, where all the characters are simply playing the lousy cards dealt to them — and usually not that well.
It’s another pop culture moment for Peters in a TV year that has been atypically short on them. His sudden demise in “Mare” comes on the heels of his lively appearance in the Disney+ Marvel series “WandaVision” as Ralph Bohner, a Westview resident who surfaces as Wanda Maximoff’s deceased brother Pietro. And more may be in the offing. As we spoke, Peters was juggling simultaneous shoots for the title role in the Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” and for the 10th season (and his ninth) of the FX anthology “American Horror Story.”
Between shoots, he talked about all the work that went into creating a doomed character, and about acting opposite his favorite actress. He also talked about the wonders of a Wawa hoagie.
When and how did you find out that Colin would not survive the fifth episode?
Well, I got the scripts for Episodes 1 through 5 or maybe 6, and read them all. And obviously he dies in 5. [Laughs.] That was it.
Yeah. I bit the bullet, for lack of a better term. I was absolutely shocked when I read it, and I hoped and kind of knew that the audience would be shocked too, if we did Colin right.
By that point, the audience is heavily invested in Colin as a part of the investigation and as a part of Mare’s life, and presumably you were, too. How do you process that loss, as someone invested in the show?
I was excited by the idea that that would happen, to craft this whole character and formulate this whole plot so it’s almost like we did it for that moment. It’s this interesting way to develop a character, knowing that he’s going to die in such a way.
To me, it felt very real, and it sort of speaks to the danger of being in this line of work. It reminded me of that moment in “Burn After Reading” where Brad Pitt gets shot in the forehead in the closet — which is sort of hilarious but also really shocking, and we wanted to have that sort of feeling once it happens.
Did it ever get in your head knowing that this is where it ended for your character?
I didn’t really think about it much. I guess there was a different way to play Colin that’s a little bit more cocky and overcompensating for his impostor syndrome. I felt like I wanted to stay away from that because I wouldn’t really care if that guy got shot, you know? [Laughs.] I would care more if he was a likable guy who you were kind of rooting for and wanting to grow and be a better person and sort of man up. The slow reveal for your character is that he’s not the sort of super-competent, ace-in-the-hole type that he appears to be. How would you describe that trajectory?
That’s exactly what I was doing with this character the whole time. As a detective, he’s just trying to be better. He took credit for this information [on a previous case] that wasn’t really his, and he took it because I think he was so stuck and just wanted to be lifted up. He’s thinking: “Maybe this will solve it. I’ll do something great. Impress my mom. I’ll impress everyone around me, and it’ll solve all my problems.” But I think he quickly realizes that it’s phony. It’s not real, and it creates a hole inside of him.
What went into preparing for this role? How did you make yourself persuasive as both a detective and as a person from this specific place?
It was amazing shooting in Philly, first of all. It’s always amazing to be able to shoot where the story takes place, because you can go out, you can eat the food, you can meet the people, you can talk to them, you can learn the accent, you can feel the energy of the city and the towns and really get into that. I really don’t like shooting on stages because it just takes away the whole energy of the reality of it. I went to Reading Terminal Market and Tommy DiNic’s and got the cheese steaks and all sorts of local stuff, and visited it all and really tried to get into that.
There’s a real detective named Christine Bleiler, who Mare is based off of, who I was emailing with and asking if there was anything I should watch or read. And she recommended some true crime stuff, some Netflix stuff, and recommended a book, “Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation,” by Vernon J. Geberth, which is basically a detective handbook. It has all these case studies and pictures and horrific stuff that you cannot get out of your mind, and I wanted to read that because I wanted to know what it was like to deal with that stuff on a daily basis, to have that in your psyche. It just makes you question everything because you’re face-to-face with the darkness every day. I found that very helpful to sort of get in that head space.
Most of your scenes on the show are opposite Kate Winslet, who’s widely understood to be one of the best actresses alive. Was that intimidating? I obviously was a little stressed out because I have to be a scene partner with her, and I don’t know really what I’m doing. There’s a little bit of Colin in there, too, where I’m trying to learn from her.
She’s an incredibly humble, real, down-to-earth person who cares deeply about the crew and the cast and everyone involved. It felt like a very comfortable place, and she kind of immediately nipped that stress and nervousness in the bud. It was like, We’re just all in this together to make the best show that we can.
Kate Winslet was saying on a podcast that you helped introduce her to Wawa, which sounded like a religious experience for her. Do you remember this?
Yes. Wawa is like … It’s incredible. It’s a one-stop shop. It’s got everything in there. The thing that really sold me on the Wawa was “The Gobbler.” Around Thanksgiving time, they have this … it’s basically a hoagie but like Thanksgiving, so it’s got turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce. And it’s just, like, the biggest, most unhealthy thing you could ever eat. It’s incredible. They have great coffee. You can get ice. You can get all sorts of good stuff there.
I gasped so loud at the end of this episode that my dog jumped off the couch from a sound sleep and started barking like crazy. I loved the funeral scene and Jean Smart’s character also. Her playing Fruit Ninja is such a great little detail that makes me laugh.
I thought ep 5 was great and I knew someone was going to get hurt - but I definitely wasn't expecting that. However there's still 2 eps to go, so there must be quite a bit more of the story yet to unfold.
I’m loving this. I too was shocked with episode 5. I actually thought that was the end of the series, and thought that was a good way to end it. I’m an idiot, and glad there are 2 more episodes. Can you say - the award goes to Kate Winslet !