Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who, with the weight of achievement from her youth on her shoulders, finds her life falling apart when she is assigned to investigate the murder of a young girl.
Here’s the trailer.
HBO’s synopsis for Mare Of Easttown reads:
“An exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.”
Craig Zobel (The Leftovers) directs all seven episodes of the limited series, which was created by Brad Ingelsby. Here’s a breakdown of the first five episodes, and when they air.
Episode 1: Miss Lady Hawk Herself
Premiere Date: April 18th
Series premiere. After answering a call about a neighborhood prowler, Detective Mare Sheehan (Winslet) shoulders her chief’s directive to revive an unsolved missing person’s case amid increased community pressure. Later, while her loved ones celebrate her ex-husband Frank’s (David Denman) engagement, Mare attends a celebration for her legendary high school basketball win and connects with Richard (Pearce), a professor who’s new in town.
Episode 2: Fathers
Premiere Date: April 25th
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 (Peters), who’s been called in to assist. Later, Mare bumps heads with locals and airs concerns about her grandson Drew (Izzy King) in light of her late son’s mental health struggles.
Episode 3: Enter Number Two
Premiere Date: May 2nd
As Mare and Colin parse new physical evidence, phone records lead to an unlikely suspect. After lashing out at Helen (Smart) about a possible custody fight over Drew, Mare receives some unprompted advice from Richard on how to move forward with Carrie (Sosie Bacon). Later, Kenny (Patrick Murney) and Mare face the consequences of their misguided attempts to protect their families.
Episode 4: Poor Sisyphus
Premiere Date: May 9th
With Mare forced to take a backseat on the case, Colin presses a local priest about the vague circumstances that prompted his transfer to the parish. Meanwhile, an anonymous call gives Dawn (Enid Graham) hope that Katie might still be alive.
Episode 5: Illusions
Premiere Date: May 16th
In her mandated therapy, Mare opens up about her family’s history with mental health struggles. Meanwhile, Lori (Julianne Nicholson) tries to get to the bottom of her son’s outburst at school, and later, Mare meets with a semi-retired source to help find a possible connection to her three cases.
HBO’s Mare Of Easttown series begins on April 18th.