Viewers have been waiting with bated breath to discover who killed Elena Alves, and The Undoing’s season finale, which aired on Monday, finally revealed the truth.
As the six-part HBO drama came to a close on Sky Atlantic in the UK it was revealed who murdered Elena (Matilda De Angelis), after Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) was arrested for the crime.
Although they had been kept on tenterhooks for the duration of the series, fans were left with mixed feelings following the finale, with some claiming it was a ‘derivative, cliched ending’ while others hailed it as ‘top tier telly’.
Drama: The Undoing left UK viewers with mixed feelings on Monday as some praised it as ‘top tier TV’ while others claimed it was a ‘waste of time’ after it was revealed who killed Elena Alves
In the end, Jonathan was unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him.
A major cliffhanger at the end of episode five left viewers once again questioning the culprit, after Grace (Nicole Kidman) discovered a mallet – the potential murder weapon – hidden in a violin case in her son Henry’s bedroom.
And episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe) stare at each other intensely as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered.
Henry confesses that he discovered the weapon in an outdoor fireplace at the Fraser family beach house, which was still bloodied, so he decided to run it through their dishwasher (twice!) to clean it off.
Expected? In the end, Jonathan was unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him
The child admits to his shocked mother that he was only trying to cover for his father, who he is convinced killed Elena.
As the episode continues, all the signs point to Jonathan as he admits on the stand that he took his tuxedo from the night in question to the dry cleaners, while making his way to the beach house to see his wife and child.
A shocking flashback from the night of the murder shows his white blood-spattered shirt, however it is still unconfirmed who the killer is at this point.
When Grace confronts her husband over Henry’s claims, he suggests that the weapon was planted by the police in order to frame him, and then even suggests his own 12-year-old son Henry is the killer.
Whodunnit? Throughout the series many claimed it would be ‘too obvious’ for Jonathan to be the one who killed Elena (Matilda De Angelis – pictured) and theorised about who did it
New twist! Episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe – pictured) stare at each other intently as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered
This appears to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Grace, who finally accepts what was been staring her in the face all along. Her husband Jonathan is Elena’s killer.
Grace reverses her decision to not testify for the defense in Jonathan’s murder trial, but in a cold twist she gives information under cross-examination that help the prosecution nail down her husband.
She tells the jury how Jonathan felt no ‘guilt or grief’ when his young sister ran out into the road and was killed by a car. Grace had earlier learned this information from Jonathan’s mother, who labeled her own son a sociopath.
Further flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love.
Things turned nasty between the couple as Jonathan warned Elena to stay away from his family, while Elena insisted that he would never be able to leave her.
Jonathan then smashed her head against a wall before trying to leave, but as she launched herself at him with a mallet he stopped her, threw her down and bludgeoned her to death.
Dark union: Grace began to doubt her husband’s guilt throughout the series before her son confronted her with the truth
Hard hitting: Grace reverses her decision to not testify in Jonathan’s murder trial, and offers snippets of information that help the prosecution nail down her husband
On the day Jonathan is set to be convicted, he tells his son that he wants to take him out for breakfast but instead tries to go on the run.
While in the car Henry says: ‘You murdered someone’, while Jonathan insists: ‘Not the real me. Not the dad you know.’
He continues to drive on at dangerous high-speed and narrowly avoids smashing into another vehicle after clearing a red light.
Jonathan eventually comes to a stop on a bridge where he threatens to jump off, while his son begs him not to jump, as Grace who has been following in hot pursuit sprints towards her son.
The victim: Flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love
Grace manages to safely retrieve Henry and leads him to her father’s helicopter as they fly off as Jonathan is hand cuffed.
Taking to Twitter, some fans heaped praise on the show as they also gave particular kudos to Grant for his performance as Fraser.
One fan wrote: ‘The undoing was exceptional top tier telly. Grant magnificent.’
In the line of fire? Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Córdova – pictured) was a secondary suspect
Suspicious: Franklin Reinhart (Donald Sutherland – pictured) also had motive to kill Elena
Another gushed that it was the ‘best series I’ve seen in a long time’, which one fan agreed with as they wrote: ‘best programme I’ve watched all lockdown.’
Tagging the Notting Hill star in their tweet, one person wrote: ‘You were brilliant in the “Undoing”… bravo! Shame the series is finished now.’
Praising his acting skills, another joked: ‘Is it time to watch “Love Actually” again….. After watching The Undoing, I’m not sure I can look at Hugh Grant in quite the same cute way as I used to.’
Delighted: Taking to Twitter, some fans heaped praise on the show as they also gave particular kudos to Grant for his performance as Fraser
But not everyone was pleased with the ending, as others claimed they had wasted their time with the show as the reveal was too ‘cliche’ for their liking.
One declared: ‘wish i could undo the last few weeks of watching The Undoing. lmao what an awful ending.’
Another added: ‘The Undoing, a disappointing derivative and cliched ending, wasting all the careful set up.’
While one viewer said: ‘Feel like I wasted 6 Monday nights watching The Undoing!! So disappointed with how it ended expected so much better! (sic).’
Unhappy: But not everyone was pleased with the ending, as others claimed they had wasted their time with the show as the reveal was too ‘cliche’ for their liking