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Kate Winslet returns to television in a limited crime drama about a small-town detective.

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Mare of Easttown
HBO

Title

Mare of Easttown

Year released

2021

Genres

Crime, Drama

Synopsis

A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.

Seasons

  • Season 1

Cast and crew

  • Sosie Bacon
  • David Denman
  • Neal Huff
  • Kate Winslet
The limited series is created and written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace, The Way Back), with all episodes directed by Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, The Hunt).

It's set in a small Pennsylvania town where everyone knows everyone's business. Winslet portrays Mare, a local cop celebrated more for her high school basketball accomplishments than her police work. When a body turns up, she has to work with a fellow detective, played by Evan Peters, to figure out what went down – all while her personal life is disintegrating and her past begins to catch up with her.

Mare of Easttown review


Finder was lucky enough to have two staff attend the Australian premiere of Mare of Easttown, held in the heritage-listed Cremorne Orpheum theatre in Sydney.

Finder's global streaming publisher Aaron McAllister said: "While the first episode was somewhat slow in building the story, the second episode had me hooked. I was already theorising who was behind the crime after it ended on a cliffhanger.

"If you enjoy TV series like The Following or The Undoing then you'll likely really enjoy the murder whodunnit that is Mare of Easttown. There's only seven episodes in total and although they're an hour long I'm very curious to see how they can fit all the drama in over the final five episodes."

Finder's streaming editor James Dampney had these thoughts after the screening: "The show faces the common issue new series tend to have of trying to overcome a slow pace while it introduces a bunch of characters and establishes some plotlines.

"But by the end of the second episode, the audience was gasping and everyone in the theatre was clearly pining for more. With its excellent acting and some juicy twists, we expect this to be a big hit for BINGE along the lines of The Undoing."

Mare of Easttown looks like the perfect watch for crime enthusiasts. Even if you're tired of the troubled cop trope, we're sure that Winslet's presence is reason enough to make you want to give it a go. In fact, everyone is praising her performance.

"Winslet is in stunning form as the put upon but never downtrodden cop and matriarch, and it's a role which suits her amazing ability to simultaneously dominate the screen with a character," one critic writes. Mare of Easttown currently has a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which easily translates to must-see TV.

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Our thoughts on the final episode

Where do we start? The entire series had us hook, line and sinker from episode two. The storytelling throughout every episode is put together so well that every time you believed you had cracked the case you would immediately second guess yourself.

Without giving anything away in the final episode here are our thoughts.

It will genuinely have your heart racing and your jaw on the floor. Yes, we hate to sound so cheesy, but we can't stress enough how good this series is.

Once again Finder was lucky enough to attend a screening for the finale. If you ever want to gauge a genuine reaction of a group of people just lock a bunch of strangers in a room and make them watch something. The heart-racing and jaw-on-the floor moments were endured by nearly all of the audience during the screening.

The little tidbits throughout the series that you likely took notice of, but didn't pay attention to or didn't connect the dots most definitely matter. That's what's so brilliant about Mare of Easttown. Ingelsby and Zobel have ensured that it isn't just dragged out with filler.

There are at least two storylines which we feel are left unanswered, but like any show that seems to be the norm in order to develop new seasons.

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