The hit series “Only Murders in the Building” has captured the hearts of viewers worldwide with its mix of comedy, mystery, and a phenomenal cast of characters. While the sarcastic Mabel (played by Selena Gomez) and the comedic duo of Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) are undoubtedly fan favorites, there’s one character who has been quietly making a case for a more permanent role in the show – Theo Dimas, portrayed by James Caverly.
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Theo’s Character Evolution
Over the course of the show’s three seasons, Theo Dimas has undergone significant character development, transforming from an enigmatic antagonist into a deeply sympathetic and relatable character. In the first season, viewers learned of his involvement in a tragic accident that led to the death of Mabel’s friend Zoe (Olivia Reis). His connection to Mabel’s past and the mysterious events surrounding the murder of Tim Kono (Julian Cihi) added layers to his character.
As the series progressed, Theo’s character arc became more complex. He found himself at odds with his overbearing father, Teddy Dimas (Nathan Lane), and his involvement in criminal activities. However, his willingness to help Mabel, even after initial mistrust, signaled a significant turning point in his character’s journey.
A Unique Friendship with Mabel
One of the most compelling aspects of Theo’s character is his evolving friendship with Mabel. While the show has explored Mabel’s romantic relationships in various seasons, her friendship with Theo has had the time to grow and deepen. This enduring platonic connection provides an opportunity for Mabel to have a more relatable and endearing storyline, which fans have been eagerly anticipating.
Mabel’s character is known for her difficulty in making friends, a trait stemming from her challenging childhood. Theo’s presence in her life has allowed her character to evolve beyond romantic entanglements and explore the joys and complexities of true friendship.
Breaking Ground in Representation
Beyond his character’s evolution, Theo Dimas represents a significant step forward in on-screen representation. Portrayed by James Caverly, a Deaf actor, Theo’s character is a testament to the show’s commitment to authenticity. Caverly worked closely with co-creator John Hoffman and director Cherien Dabis to ensure that Theo’s character was portrayed in a genuine and respectful manner.
Theo’s character is not defined solely by his deafness, but rather, his deaf identity is seamlessly integrated into his character. He exhibits a wide range of emotions, from anger at his father’s control to a romantic connection with Zoe, showcasing that disability does not limit one’s depth or complexity as an individual.
The Call for a More Permanent Role
As “Only Murders in the Building” continues to captivate audiences with its humor, mystery, and engaging characters, fans are calling for Theo Dimas to be given a more permanent role in the series. His nuanced relationship with Mabel, independent character arcs, and the excellent representation he brings to the show make him a prime candidate for an expanded role.
Theo’s character has not only enriched the narrative but also contributed to healthy learning and accommodation, as Mabel has taken the initiative to learn sign language, reflecting a positive aspect of their evolving friendship.
In a series known for giving different characters their moments in the spotlight, it’s time for Theo to shine brighter. As the third season of “Only Murders in the Building” continues to stream on Hulu, fans are hopeful that Theo’s character will secure a lasting place in the show’s ensemble, adding depth and diversity to the delightful mix of characters that make the series so special.