Friday, May 24, 2024

Kate Winslet’s “Mare of Easttown” Finds the Killer, Or Does It? More Red Herrings Than a Fish Monger



Do we now know Erin’s killer? “Mare of Easttown” gave us a confession tonight. It also gave us a big red herring.

We are led to believe that Billy, the sad sack brother of Mare’s brother in law, John, did the deed. John extruded a confession from him under duress. Then he took him on fishing trip. We know he’s got a gun.

But we can surmise Billy is too pathetic to have done it. So it would seem that Mare is about to walk in on John killing Billy and framing him for Erin’s murder. John, then, would be the real killer.

Maybe he is. But if he is, why did HBO hire Guy Pearce to play Mare’s boyfriend, Richard, a seemingly nice guy who’s just hanging around in Easttown? Pearce is a movie star, he costs a lot, and wasn’t just bored at home.

More red herrings.

So something’s up. Unless this show fizzles like The Undoing in its last act, Richard the writer is going to play into the final episode. I still think he’s related to dead Colin and the mother, but maybe that’s too much plot. Maybe Guy Pearce is playing his character from “Memento” and has forgotten everything.

Anyway, we’ll be said to see these people go. But something tells the survivors are ready to shoot Season 2. And we’ll be waiting!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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