In any event, Mare of Easttown has given us a perfect televisual Rorschach test. But thanks to the magic of technology, Mare fans have convinced themselves that they can crack the mystery. Stricken by guilt, Jess finally brought the photo to the Easttown police department, where Chief Carter (John Douglas) found its content so shocking he immediately ordered an underling to warn Mare off her one-woman mission to apprehend Billy. The all-important picture made its first appearance in episode five, showing up in one of Erin’s journals, and was significant enough that her bold-print-loving BFF Jess (Ruby Cruz) chose to surreptitiously pocket it rather than allow it to be burnt with the rest of Erin’s keepsakes. But before you could say “Ebert’s Law of Economy of Characters strikes again,” the show threw us one final last-minute twist in the form of a snapshot. Whichever post-production employee was responsible for making this image juuust murky enough deserves a huge raise. Or could it be Mare’s late son Kevin, who many fans believe is the true father of Erin’s baby? Despite the fact that multiple characters have now seen the picture, we’ve only glimpsed it from behind, like a 5-by-7-inch version of the briefcase from Pulp Fiction. As the episode drew to a close, the series’s primary whodunnit seemed to be all wrapped up: Billy Ross (Robbie Tann) had apparently confessed both to killing Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) and being the true father of her son, D.J. And what happens if you rotate the photo to make it fit the way Jess originally saw it? Or maybe she’s cut off near the top? Photo: HBO Max

Wow! Vulture doesn’t have a supercomputer, but we do have a crack team of photo editors, and they whipped up this attempt at an enhanced close-up:

Enhance! Some people on Reddit see her in the lower-right corner. If you squint, it seems like you can see Erin … somewhere. Amid all the noise, there’s only one image coming through loud and clear: the one that says “tune in on Sunday!”

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The Odds on Mare of Easttown’s Killer Just Got a Whole Lot Shorter. Well, then it obviously becomes a photo of Erin with whichever male cast member you suspect is the killer: John Ross, Frank, perhaps Lori’s tiny son Ryan? Look at this photograph! (But of course, she would be in it, wouldn’t she?) Personally, I see her in the top-left corner of the frame, reclining with her right arm folded over her chest. But maybe it’s Billy and someone else? The possibilities are truly endless. Clearly, this piece of evidence throws the case into total disarray. In a previous era of television fandom, that might have been the end of it. Photo: HBO Max

Sunday night’s penultimate installment of Mare of Easttown has viewers obsessing over a photograph with a fervor not seen since the glory days of Chad Kroeger. (Or as Mare would put it, toahdal disuhrreay.)

But because this is TV, viewers have been kept in the dark about exactly what’s in the photograph. However …

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Tags: Perhaps by adjusting the brightness and contrast we can enhance it and decipher what’s going on in this oh-so-important picture. (In that case, the killer would obviously not be Kevin, since ghosts don’t seem to exist in Mare of Easttown.) The only person we can be sure is not in it is Billy, since that would hardly be a surprise. You see, for a split second, the photo is backlit and semi-see-through.