Stage 3

Mr. Mercedes Is Offering a Challenging Take on Toxic Masculinity

The incident that kicks off the action in Mr. Mercedes — both the TV show currently airing on Audience Network and the Stephen King novel on which the series is based — may feel disturbingly realistic to some viewers: an angry young man named Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) drives his car full speed into a crowd of people who are waiting on an unemployment line in the wee hours of the morning, killing 16 people and injuring dozens of others: