Mare of Easttown: Fathers
April 27, 2021 8:10 AM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Mare visits a grisly murder scene before informing the victim's enraged father. As a video from the night of the crime surfaces, Mare questions suspects in the case and gives an icy welcome to County Detective Colin Zabel, who's been called in to assist. Later, Mare bumps heads with locals and airs concerns about her grandson Drew in light of her late son's mental health struggles.
posted by gladly (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
It is entirely acceptable to believe that if this episode ended with the actual dun-dun-duhhhhh sound effect it would have worked.
posted by M Edward at 12:18 PM on April 27 [2 favorites]


After the leisurely pace of the first episode, I was a little surprised at all the ground this one covered.

The actress who plays Briana is doing such a good job that I feel like I know her. Her background couldn't be more different from this character, but she's so effective at being exactly the right kind of bully in this role. It was incredibly satisfying to watch her get perp-walked out of the dining room.

I get that one of the points of crime show is to give the viewers clues, but that totally unnecessary scene between the two priests after Sunday service practically hung a sign around the unrelated priest's neck that he fathered Erin's baby.
posted by gladly at 2:55 PM on April 27


We're really enjoying this. I think the priest is a red herring but who knows at this point. Best HBO crime drama since Sharp Objects.
posted by Ber at 8:38 PM on April 27 [1 favorite]


I'm enjoying it very much too. It's all very believable - nobody has a glamorous job (other than Richard the Sexy Professor), everyone knows everyone, either by family or marriage and the homes the characters live in look lived-in. All the performances are very strong, and I have no idea how the story will unfold but I'm along for the ride.
posted by essexjan at 10:13 AM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Winslet is putting her shoulder behind this role and really getting low for maximum torque and I love it. Good to see HBO back on point.
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:55 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]


I love this hardboiled detective but she's a mother and working in her hometown so doesn't have the luxury of being a loner character. There were so many small moments I loved this episode - Dawn standing up for Mare at the gas station, the montage of teenager interviews, the county detective's facial expressions during the interview with Brianna, Mare's resignation after the milk jug breaks her window.

I don't have any guesses on the solution to the case, but I hope Mare can help Dawn find some closure on her daughter.
posted by the primroses were over at 8:17 PM on May 2 [1 favorite]


We need an ep 3 post now. I am hooked :) — I’ve never spent time on Fanfare before, but Mare got me here.

Been a while since I had to wake a full week for new episodes. I delicious and frustrating.

Just one small thing from last night’s episode: the rawness and “realness” of Mare cutting her grandson’s toe nails — as a parent, definitely been there.
posted by AwkwardPause at 6:31 PM on May 3


Just added it! I don't feel any ownership over the series, so if anyone wants to put up an episode thread before I have, please post!
posted by gladly at 7:28 PM on May 3


Bestie and I watched the first two episodes last night - instantly hooked. Winslet is killing it in ways i didn't know were possible. I just feel for this town so much, you know? And for her. Peters is also doing surprisingly well. I feel like there was a shift in how he behaves to Mare after seeing what she's been through and how almost everyone around her treats her like absolute crap. He was genuinely saddened when Siobhan told him to lower his expectations.
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:43 AM on May 4 [2 favorites]


It was incredibly satisfying to watch her get perp-walked out of the dining room.

It certainly was. Brianna is a nasty piece of work, and humiliation looks good on her. Given her father's behaviour in this episode... it seems the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

I could see Mare letting Brianna's father's behaviour in her driveway or at the gas station slide, but the milk jug through the window? He should be charged for that.

I think Dawn doesn't actually hold Mare personally responsible for not finding her daughter. She knows Mare did everything she could, but in her irrational grief and stress, she believes "the police", by which she means a nameless, faceless entity, not Mare, ought to do something more to find her daughter, that "they" must not have tried or care, even if she couldn't make any suggestions as to what more they could do.

I have as yet no theories as to who killed Erin. I have a feeling this show has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
posted by orange swan at 9:41 PM on May 4


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