Mare of Easttown: Is Zabel dead in Mare of Easttown?

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Mare of Easttown airs every Sunday evening on HBO and every Monday on Sky Atlantic. Episode five ended on a huge cliffhanger and fans are still trying to process what happened. Is Zabel (played by Evan Peters) dead in Mare of Eastown? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Is Zabel dead in Mare of Easttown?

There is so much to unpack from episode five of Mare of Easttown, titled Illusions.

One of the episodes many jaw-dropping moments occurred in the final 10 minutes of the gripping episode.

Thankfully, Mare (Kate Winslet) and Zabel were on the right track and finally came across the home of Wayne Potts (Jeb Kreager).

Potts’s car matched a suspicious vehicle that had been seen on the night of Erin McMenamin’s death.

Viewers also knew in the basement of Potts’s home were two missing girls, Katie Bailey (Caitlin Houlahan) and Missy (Sasha Frolova). 

Aware Potts was being visited by two detectives, Katie and Missy began screaming and banging against a radiator pipe to alert Zabel and Mare to their whereabouts.

As their suspicions were raised and the radiator pipe began to detach from the wall, Zabel pulled out his gun.

Sadly, Potts was too fast for Zabel and he shot Zabel in the head.

After several intense scenes which saw Mare and Potts engage in a game of cat and mouse, with Mare unarmed and injured, Zabel’s body (and blood) could be seen lying on the floor.

In the end, Mare managed to grab Zabel’s gun and shoot Potts dead as Zabel lay on the ground below.

The episode came to a dramatic end with Mare sitting gasping for breath and her son Kevin’s voice being played out in her head.

With a dramatic cliffhanger ending, many questions need to be answered in episode six, from Deacon Marks confession to Dylan and Jess burning Erin’s diaries.

However, the big question fans are desperate to hear answers about is Zabel’s condition. Is Zabel dead or alive?

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Unfortunately, it looks like Zabel may well be dead, considering the direct gunshot wound to the head and the considerable about of blood spilt.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Evan Peters who played Detective Colin Zabel in the series confirmed Zabel’s fate. 

He said: “Yeah, it is pretty sad. It’s incredibly tragic. We wanted to bring a little levity in with him. Originally, we toyed around with the idea of making him overcompensating for his imposter syndrome as a little more cocky. 

“And it just felt, when he dies, you want it to be shocking and tragic. So we decided to make him a little bit more of a bumpkin, trying to figure it out.

“He’s okay. He’s not the best detective. You know, he’s good. He gets the job done, but he’s not Mare. Mare is an incredible detective.

“But, it’s that arc of him finally getting better. And I think at the end there, he does some really good detective work. He at least got that.”

However, stranger things have happened and many fans hope there is a possibility Zabel may have survived.

IMDb has Peters listed for six episodes of Mare of Easttown but so far, he has only appeared in four.

Of course, there is the likelihood Peters will reprise his role as Zabel in flashback scenes and in the immediate aftermath of the shooting which will take place in episode six.

Nevertheless, Peters’s cast listing has got Mare of Easttown fans talking on Reddit.

One fan, eisoffthescript said: “So, from the ending of episode 5, we are made to assume that Zabel is dead. But IMBd lists him for 6 episodes… and he wasn’t even in episode 1. So that would mean we see more of him in the future, whether he is (somehow???) alive, or overpass in the form of flashbacks… right???”

A second fan said: “Instantly dead… 4 minutes and 7 seconds of episode time after kissing Mare. I think Mare recognised as a kill shot immediately.”

A third fan added: “He is comatose (and recovering) as long as there is nothing else shown and said. Period.”

Luckily, Mare of Easttown fans do not have too long to wait to find out Zabel’s fate. 

Mare of Easttown airs Sundays on HBO and Mondays on Sky Atlantic

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