In his wildest dreams, Brad Ingelsby couldn’t have imagined the type of reaction that Mare of Easttown has received from critics and fans across the globe. If a show can build a following that results in the audience tripling over the course of its run, that’s amazing. If a show can capture the imagination of the world, that’s mind-blowing. If a show reaches such heights that Saturday Night Live does a parody of it, that’s next level. When a show like Mare of Easttown does all of these on top of breaking viewing records, it becomes a cultural phenomenon.
Was it Mare’s wit and love of spray cheese? Was it the charm of Easttown? I’m sure some of that all played a role, but the show was likely relatable to the world. Easttown was a town full of imperfect people attempting to go about their lives brought to life through the brilliant performances of this cast and Ingeslby’s superb narrative. In the same series, powerhouses like Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson and Jean Smart are a showrunner’s dream.
While most of the world still has questions about our beloved Mare and the aftermath of that heartbreaking finale, we decided to seek out those answers from Ingelsby himself. We were fortunate to have an extended sitdown with him about several topics weaving in questions we received on social media.
Beware: this interview contain season-ending spoilers.
All seven episodes of Mare of Easttown are available to stream on HBO Max.
Photo courtesy of Brad Ingelsby