So far, the hit of the year has to be Mare of Easttown. It feels like every week the internet was abuzz with theories, ideas, and accents as Kate Winslet, Brad Ingelsby, and HBO took us to suburban Pennslyvania to solve a murder. 

After the initial first season ended, Winslet said she would "love to be back," but there was no second season solidified. Writer Brad Ingelsby was open to finding the right idea to pursue next, but we had nothing in writing. 

Well, Winslet recently told Entertainment Weekly that Ingelsby already has “some very cool ideas” where to take Mare next. Could this be a sign of a big return to the small screen? 

“At the end of shooting, we were like, ‘Holy hell we can never do that again. If HBO brings up the idea of a Season 2, we all just have to say absolutely not. There’s just no way we could possibly do it,'” Winslet said.  “And then there was talk, like, could there be? Especially when the show was getting such good responses… Creatively, Brad has shared some very cool ideas. We will see what happens. I also have to figure out if I can do it. Can I go through it again? It did cost me a lot emotionally to be her, and I have to figure out if I can summon it all up again and do it again.”

Getting the public's love and affection is always a gentle push toward making more, but you need that to be fulfilling as well.

For her part, Winslet left it all on screen. And returning to the character might be heavy emotional lifting as well. Not to mention the off-screen transformation. Winslet especially highlighted how much Mare's look defined the character and how happy she was that they got that look right. Even if it was... unkempt. 

“People have been enraptured about how shitty we made Mare look,” Winslet said. “That was very important to us creatively. We wanted to keep it real, and we were strict about it… Find the t-shirt that has a line that hits at the hip at the widest part. Don’t wear a bra, she just got up out of bed. Why would she have a bra on? Perhaps because of COVID and how much of a struggle that has been for people globally, there was something about how Mare looks that seemed to make people validated in a way. That was very, very surprising. I did not think people would be so responsive and I’m grateful in a way that we [were] able to do that.”

We'll keep you updated on whether or not all this smoke leads to fire, but if you are dying to watch more Mare, you can stream the entire first season on HBO Max right now.

Would you tune in for another season? Let us know in the comments.