Mare of Easttown fans go wild about Guy Pearce’s ‘insignificant’ character

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Mare of Easttown fans love Guy Pearce’s totally ‘tiny’ love interest – saying he was a ‘good guy’ was the biggest twist in the gripping HBO murder mystery

  • This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Mare of Easttown

It was the biggest twist in the season finale of Mare of Easttown: Guy Pearce’s character, Richard Ryan was not the bad guy.

And fans of the acclaimed HBO series have reacted to the revelation that Richard was not involved in the murder of teen Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and that his sole purpose on the show was to be a love interest to the troubled detective. Sergeant Marianne “Mare” Sheehan, played by Kate Winslet.

Many rejoiced that the Australian actor — whose most memorable roles were villains — was just a decent man who served as “eye candy” for viewers.

‘Just a dude’: Mare of Easttown fans have commented on Guy Pearce’s totally ‘tiny’ love character, saying revealing he’s a ‘good dude’ was the finale’s biggest twist

Several fans joked on Twitter that his only goal in the show, which was otherwise very tightly planned, was to “look skinny” and be “insignificant.”

One person tweeted: ‘Agent: There’s a great role for you… Guy Pearce: Do I have to do something? Officer: No. Guy: Shall I promote the plot? Officer: No. Guy: Am I serving ANY purpose? Officer: Not really. You just look skinny. Boy: I can. Sign me up.’

“The biggest twist in #MareOfEasttown was Guy Pearce’s insignificance,” added another.

Eye candy: Fans of the HBO series couldn't believe that Pearce's character Richard Ryan was not involved in the murder of teen Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and his sole purpose on the show was to be a love interest to the troubled detective Mare Sheehan.  played by Kate Winslet

Eye candy: Fans of the HBO series couldn’t believe that Pearce’s character Richard Ryan was not involved in the murder of teen Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and his sole purpose on the show was to be a love interest to the troubled detective Mare Sheehan. played by Kate Winslet

Others suggested that his character was simply introduced as a red herring – when he arrived in Easttown around the same time that Erin was killed in the first episode.

As a result, the “revelation” that he was simply Mare’s love interest was jokingly referred to as the show’s “biggest twist.”

“The biggest mystery in #MareOfEasttown is why Guy Pearce is in it,” tweeted NBC reporter Adam Harding.

Another viewer added, “Guy Pearce is an innocent dude and that’s still the biggest plot twist of the show.”

A third chimed in: “Real twist is Guy Pearce playing a simple good guy.”

“I fucking called it. Guy Pearce was just a dude,” a fourth tweeted sarcastically.

Given that Pearce, 53, is known for playing Hollywood villains, some viewers just couldn’t accept that his character wasn’t a killer.

“I’m surprised Guy Pearce was just a good guy in the end,” one tweeted.

“And for all you #MareOfEasttown viewers who suspected Guy Pearce for no other reason than that he was Guy Pearce,” wrote another.

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