Mare of Easttown: Who is Frank Sheehan? Did Frank Sheehan kill Erin?

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Mare of Easttown airs every Sunday evening on HBO in the US and every Monday on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Episode two, titled Fathers, ended on huge cliffhanger viewers did not see coming, involving Mare’s (played by Kate Winslet) ex-husband, Frank Sheehan (David Denman). Who is Frank Sheehan and is he the murder Mare is searching for? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Mare of Easttown

Who is Frank Sheehan?

Frank Sheehan is the ex-husband of Detective Mare Sheehan.

The couple has two children together, Siobhan (Angourie Rice) and Kevin.

In episode two, viewers learn their son Kevin sadly committed suicide.

Frank is still closely tied to Mare and her family and even lives in the house behind hers with his new fiance.

Frank in Mare of Easttown is played by American actor David Denman.

Mare of Easttown viewers will most likely recognise Denman from his role as Roy in The Office.

He is also well known for playing Ed in Parenthood and Mark Holter in Outcast.

His other credits include Traffic Light, Power Rangers and Greenland.

Did Frank Sheehan kill Erin?

At the end of episode one, the body of teenage, single-mother Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) was seen lying on a rock in the forest she was last seen in the night before.

Mare is assigned to the case and begins her investigation immediately to find Erin’s killer.

Speaking with her ex-husband Frank, she asked him what Erin was like in school.

Frank, who is a maths teacher, said he did not remember too much about her, but got the impression her home life may have been troubled.

At the moment, Erin’s killer has not yet been found and Country Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) has been called in to help with Mare’s investigation, much to her chagrin.

However, in a twist viewers did not see coming, Frank Sheehan may become  one of the main suspects in Erin’s death.

At the end of episode two, Erin’s best friend Jess (Ruby Cruz) sat down with Lori (Julianne Nicholson), Mare’s best friend to drop a bombshell linking Frank and Erin together.

Jess revealed she believed the father of Erin’s baby, to be Frank, not her former high school boyfriend Dylan.

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Fans have been sharing their thoughts online about Frank’s potential connection to Erin’s death.

Many are not convinced Frank was the one to carry out the killing but many noted he may still be linked in some way.

One viewer posted on Reddit: “I predicted correctly but when they reveal something like that in episode 2 already you start to wonder.

“He looked guilty while talking to Mare, and I knew he would ask about the case. He could just be the father of the child and not have killed her.

“There’s more to the story. Mare’s daughter Siobhan is hiding something also. She probably knows the truth about her father and killed Erin for it.”

One fan tweeted: “ok I’m calling it now: the killer on Mare of Easttown will be one of 1) Mare’s ex-husband Frank, 2) her daughter Siobhan (possibly with her friends) or 3) (my personal favourite) the Julianne Nicholson character’s husband – introduced briefly but specifically so we’ll notice.”

A third fan on Reddit, whuneresen said: “What we’re seeing quite early on, and why this story is so compelling, is that when a town is this small, everyone has something to do with everybody else. Everyone crosses paths at one point or another.

That being said, I gotta admit I was suspicious as hell of Frank when he asked Mare about Erin’s murder. That reeked of guilt, ESPECIALLY when he tried to point Mare in the direction of the father.

“Classic misdirect, and Mare totally bought it. Really good acting when you could see on Frank’s face that he was a little too invested in knowing the status of the case.

“In addition, Frank brushing off knowing Erin makes me of the preacher, who ALSO brushed off having any significant relationship to Erin.

“The look on the preacher’s face when he said it’s been a while since he saw Erin was a BIT suspicious. Keeping my eye on that one.”

Viewers can expect to find out more about Frank and Erin’s relationship in episode three of Mare of Easttown.

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

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