Will 'Mare of Easttown' Get a Season 2? Don't Bet on It.

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As Mare of Easttown draws to a close tonight, viewers are expecting to see the titular detective (Kate Winslet) uncover the small-town murder mystery while embarking on her own journey of emotional healing. But is there hope for the story to continue after this final chapter? It seems unlikely, if we take a look at what the cast and crew have said.

The show was intended to be a limited series from the start, much like HBO's Watchmen or The Undoing, but that doesn't mean there's no hope for a future installment. (Big Little Lies got renewed after all.) In the meantime, however, our time in Easttown ends with Episode 7. Keep scrolling to learn why.

The show creator is set on the ending.

"I very much had to have the ending in my head, even prior to starting the opening scene," showrunner Brad Ingelsby told Collider. "If you know where it ends, then you can cheat some things and have the audience leaning here when they should be leaning there. It was a learning experience and I hope we’ve pulled it off."

He also told IndieWire, "When you get to the final episode of the show, you have to stick the landing. I [always] knew exactly where it ended and then it was just a game of how do you plant the seeds and the payoffs and set it up in a way where the audience isn’t feeling cheated in the end."

Director Craig Zobel also said the seven-episode arc was the right length for this story. "We didn’t make it more episodes just to kind of pad it out. So at least I feel strong in that way," he told MovieMaker magazine.

Angourie Rice says we're letting the characters go.

While Rice, who played Mare's daughter Siobhan, would love to do another season, she thinks the ending is "perfect" as is.

Seeking out a second season of Mare "would be like asking for Season 3 of Fleabag," she previously told BAZAAR.com. "It’s perfect the way it ended. And I think the same can be said for Mare of Easttown, in that, of course, I will always feel love and attachment to these characters in this world.

"It's not even that the end is an ending necessarily. It's more of a departure from the characters. It's letting them go. They will be okay without us watching. We know that they're on the path to healing."

The question now is whether viewers are ready to let go too.

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