Tony Parker: The Final Shot

This post contains frank discussion of the series finale of Mare of Easttown. If you're not all caught up, now is the time to lớn leave. 
The series finale of Mare of Easttown wrapped up the sad mystery of who killed Erin McMenamin with about 20 more minutes of show left lớn go. In the closing shot of the episode, after she tied up the loose ends of her various relationships, Kate Winslet's Mare climbed a ladder up the attic. This, series creator Brad Ingelsby says, wasn't the final moment he originally had planned for Mare of Easttown.

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A consulting grief specialist on the show gave hyên ổn the inspiration. Speaking with Vanity Fair's Still Watching podcast, Ingelsby & Lori Ross actress Julianne Nicholson dive sầu inlớn what the emotionally cathartic ending of the Mare means. You can listen lớn their conversation in its entirety here or read some excerpts pertaining lớn that final shot below.

Initially, Ingelsby says, the series was meant lớn end with Mare and Lori in the kitchen clinging to lớn each other. Mare & Lori’s relationship, he says, was the most important in the series. “Julianne was the second person we cast in the show because we knew exactly what the ending episode was going to lớn be,” Ingelsby said. Winslet, who was not only the star of the series but also the executive sầu producer, called in her real-world, long-time frikết thúc Julianne Nicholson khổng lồ take on the role. 


The kitchen scene comes after Lori has repeatedly pushed Mare away for what Nicholson calls the “betrayal” of Ryan's arrest. In a moment mirroring their earlier discussion about how Lori wouldn't let Mare push her away after Kevin's suicide, Mare plows through Lori's rejection in order to offer her support. “Now it's Mare’s turn,” Ingelsby says, “khổng lồ not ever push her away.”


The episode is titled “Sacrament” promising an allusion to lớn the Christian rite of imparting grace. “I loved that idea of grace và forgiveness,” Nicholson said. “Trying to do the best we can & seeing that, mostly, it's what we're all trying to do." 

But the kitchen scene also contained a callbachồng khổng lồ Mare's therapy session from episode 6 where she describes finding her son Kevin hanging in the attic, cutting hlặng down, and trying khổng lồ hold hlặng. 


At the time, Mare's therapist asked her if anyone in the house had gone up to the attic where Kevin took his life. That answer was a resounding no.


Mare's journey through the case in the series runs parallel to lớn her journey through the emotional blochồng she has around Kevin's death. 


And so, in the end, the Mare finale sets off a chain reaction. The community forgives Deanhỏ Mark who, in turn, inspires Mare to reach out lớn Lori. By extending grace and mercy to Lori, Mare is finally able to lớn forgive sầu herself for what happened to lớn Kevin.

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“We met a therapist who dealt with grief on the set & I had a number of conversations with her about what the sessions would look like, ” Ingelsby says. “I remember asking her one time, 'What would you tell someone who's lost a child khổng lồ suicide? Where would you tell them to go?’ She said: ‘I would tell them to lớn go where it happened.’” Ingelsby’s initial reaction? "I was taken aback.”

But after some reflection, Ingelsby warmed lớn the idea: “It was a revelation. When we got to the end, it felt lượt thích it became so obvious. Of course it has lớn end with Mare going up. This whole show is a woman who refuses to confront grief. So of course it has to over with her going up and doing this thing.”

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