Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

Aug. 09, 2017
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Seasons and episodes

1Season 1 Aug. 09, 2017
2Season 2 Aug. 22, 2018
3Season 3 Sep. 10, 2019

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Cast

Brendan Gleeson isDetective Bill Hodges
Detective Bill Hodges
Jharrel Jerome isJerome Robinson
Jerome Robinson
Holland Taylor isIda Silver
Ida Silver
Breeda Wool isLou Linklatter
Lou Linklatter
Justine Lupe isHolly Gibney
Holly Gibney
Gabriel Ebert isMorris Bellamy
Morris Bellamy
Rarmian Newton isPeter Saubers
Peter Saubers

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Synopsis

The Audience Network crime series Mr. Mercedes brought Stephen King’s chilling detective novel to the small screen when it premiered in 2017. Irish actor Brendan Gleeson compellingly plays retired detective Bill Hodges, drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with an elusive mass murderer.

The adaptation centers on a local Ohio massacre committed by the unhinged killer Brady Hartsfield, who taunts the troubled Hodges years later in an effort to torment him out of retirement. As clues resurface, Hodges reluctantlyopens the unsolved Mercedes case again.

Gleeson anchors the series with a grizzled, melancholy performance as the disheveled Hodges. Once a decorated detective, grief and booze now consume him until this flurry of sadistic mind games reignites his determination.

Harry Treadaway provides an unnerving counterpart to Gleeson as the vengeful psychopath Brady. Their tense scenes bristle with echoes of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham with the troubled hero/villain dynamic inverted.

The supporting cast aids the lead duo, with Mary-Louise Parker bringing steel as Hodges’ resourceful assistant Holly. Holland Taylor similarly shines as the refined, tragic Ida Silver.

Showrunner David E. Kelley and director Jack Bender created a moody, unsettling atmosphere through ominous visuals and sound design. Outdoor tracking shots of Brady stalking victims prove especially chilling.

Mr. Mercedes deftly balances taut cat-and-mouse suspense with thoughtful characterization. Flashbacks flesh out the damaged pasts steering Hodges and Brady toward their bleak face-off. Their bizarre bond drives the gripping plot.

With its stylish craftsmanship, moral complexity, and magnetic leads, Mr. Mercedes brought King’s work to the small screen with care. The series captured the essence of the novel without feeling reductive.

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Original title Mr. Mercedes
TMDb Rating 7.2 170 votes
First air date Aug. 09, 2017
Last air date Nov. 12, 2019
Seasons 3
Episodes 30
Average Duration 55 minutes

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