Unveiling the Season 3 Finale of ‘Only Murders in the Building
In Season 3 of “Only Murders in the Building,” the trio consisting of Mabel (played by Selena Gomez), Charles (played by Steve Martin), and Oliver (played by Martin Short) come together once again. This time, they are on a mission to unravel the mystery surrounding the attempted murder of Ben, the lead actor in Oliver’s Broadway play. The list of potential suspects is extensive, including Charles, who had an altercation with Ben on opening night, and Loretta (Meryl Streep), who secretly happens to be Ben’s manager Dickie’s biological mother.
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A Surprising Twist in the Season 3 Finale
In the Season 3 finale, titled “Opening Night,” unexpected revelations surface. The masterminds behind the murder attempt are unveiled as the producers of Oliver’s play—a mother and son duo. Donna DeMeo (Linda Emond) and her son, Cliff (Wesley Taylor), resort to desperate measures. Donna, aware of her impending death due to Stage IV lung cancer, is determined to secure her son’s career. She poisons Ben’s cookie, intending to sabotage his performance, which she believes is negatively impacting the play. However, she didn’t intend to kill him, just to humble him.
Ben’s Narrow Escape and the Unraveling of the Truth
Despite the poison, Ben manages to recover the same night and confronts Donna about her actions. A heated confrontation ensues, leading to a tragic accident where Cliff accidentally pushes Ben down an elevator shaft while attempting to protect his mother. Donna willingly takes the blame for both crimes, but sharp observation by Mabel links her actions to Loretta’s unwavering dedication to her son, Dickie.
The Intriguing Twist in ‘Only Murders in the Building’
True to the show’s nature, where every celebration is overshadowed by a new murder that sets the stage for the following season, the Season 3 finale ends on a chilling note. Charles’ longtime body double, Sazz (Jane Lynch), is shot while retrieving a bottle of wine from Charles’ apartment. This marks the fourth murder in the building, hinting at another riveting season to come.
Insights from ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Co-Creator John Hoffman
Deciphering the Mystery Behind the Murderer
In an exclusive interview with John Hoffman, co-creator of “Only Murders in the Building,” he shared insights into the creation of Season 3. Hoffman explained that the decision to reveal Cliff as the murderer and Donna’s role in the attempted murder was made early in the season’s development. They aimed to provide viewers with clues that could lead them to the truth while ensuring the final reveal was both surprising and emotionally impactful.
Meryl Streep’s Role and Subverting Expectations
Discussing Meryl Streep’s involvement in the show, Hoffman mentioned the importance of giving such a celebrated actress substantial material. While they considered making her the murderer, they ultimately opted to explore the chemistry between her and Martin Short’s character, Oliver. The goal was to subvert audience expectations and create a meaningful connection that could be developed further in the future.
Revealing the Murderer to the Cast
Hoffman elaborated on the process of informing the actors about their characters’ roles in the murder mystery. He emphasized the need to reveal this crucial information to the actor portraying the killer before filming began, ensuring they could properly prepare for their role. Keeping the secret within the cast added to the suspense and surprise for viewers.
Complex Character Choices
Hoffman discussed the character of Oliver and his questionable actions in the pursuit of protecting Loretta. He explained that this season explored Oliver’s desperation, both in his personal life and career. Hoffman believes that allowing beloved characters to make morally complex decisions adds depth and relatability to the story.
The Theme of Motherhood
In Season 3, “Only Murders in the Building” delved into the theme of motherhood, which held personal significance for Hoffman. He shared that the emotional connections to this theme influenced the storytelling process. The show explored various facets of motherhood through the relationships of characters like Donna and Cliff, Loretta and Dickie, and the nanny in the play, offering a multifaceted view of maternal love and protection.
The Trio’s Separation and Reunion
Hoffman acknowledged the challenge of separating the main trio in Season 3, as they had previously established a strong dynamic. However, he believed that this separation allowed for character growth and evolution. With the renewal of the show for Season 4, the trio’s experiences in Season 3 will serve as a foundation for their future investigations.
Teasers for Season 4
Finally, Hoffman provided a glimpse into what Season 4 has in store. He hinted at a theme related to the unexpected consequences of success and the potential threats that arise when a creation gains popularity. He emphasized the need for caution when dealing with something one has created.