Mare of Easttown is a riveting limited series that premieres April 18 on HBO. Ahead of the show’s debut, HollywoodLife spoke with creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer Brad Ingelsby. The series stars Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a detective in Easttown, Pennsylvania, whose life is disrupted by a murder investigation. A young detective, Colin Zabel (Evan Peters), is brought in to help Mare, so HL asked Brad what to expect from their dynamic.

“It’s a classic sort of odd couple, right?” Brad told HollywoodLife. “Mare is a lone wolf. She likes to travel alone. She takes issue with this guy who’s solved this big case, and he’s being added to her case. [She thinks] he’s going to be the one that pushes this ahead, and he’s going to be the one that does what Mare wasn’t able to do. Mare’s offended by that. She thinks that people should be sticking up for her, and the chief and the force and the people in the community have turned on her. It’s not even Zabel that she doesn’t like, it’s the idea of Zabel that she doesn’t like. When he comes in, there’s nothing he could do or say that’s going to win Mare over because just the appearance of him alone is a jab to her. It’s a gut punch. It’s some acknowledgment that there has been a failure on this case. I think he has a long way to go to sort of win her over, and I think he is aware enough to gradually understand how hard the case has been on her. It’s his acknowledgment of that that eventually starts to crack at Mare’s surface. He’s the one person in the show that actually says I know how hard this case must have been on you, and it’s the first time anyone’s acknowledged that to her. I think that’s sort of the turning point in their relationship. He has to acknowledge that and once he does, Mare doesn’t see him as the enemy but becomes an ally. He has a long road ahead of him with Mare. Anyone that would have to team up with Mare has a long road, but I think he earns her trust. I think their dynamic together is really charming. Evan’s so good in the show. I think it’s a matter of he has to earn her trust. He ultimately does that, in a way, by acknowledging how difficult the case has been.”

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