Mare of Easttown

How the series dulls the spectacle of disclosure
HBO
by
ABR Arts 05 July 2021

Mare of Easttown

How the series dulls the spectacle of disclosure
HBO
by
ABR Arts 05 July 2021
Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan and Eisa Davis as Mare's therapist, Gayle Graham, in Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Kate Winslet as Detective Mare Sheehan and Eisa Davis as Mare's therapist, Gayle Graham, in Mare of Easttown (HBO)

While watching HBO’s newest whodunnit series, Mare of Easttown, I was reminded of another crime-fiction drama, The Sopranos (1999–2007). When Marianne ‘Mare’ Sheehan (Kate Winslet) arrives early for a court-ordered therapy session in the series’ fourth episode, I thought of Tony Soprano sitting down for the first of many similar appointments with his therapist, Dr Melfi. Reclining in a chair, Tony offered a lesson in obfuscation. While we knew he was lying when he told Dr Melfi that he worked as a ‘Waste Management Consultant’, there were still tantalising secrets which he withheld from us – secrets which we hoped to uncover as the series continued.

Comments (2)

  • Excellent review of a sublime TV show.
    Posted by Claudia Templeton
    20 July 2021
  • Beautifully written. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the review, as I haven’t watched the series yet and didn’t want to spoil it. The review was exactly that, a review, it created for me an interest in the series and I will be watching out for the many parts that were pointed out. Great.
    Posted by Lynda Bourke
    05 July 2021

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