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So who IS the killer in The Undoing?

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant whodunnit The Undoing will come to a conclusion next week – and the identity of the killer will finally be revealed.  

In last night’s episode, Grace Fraser (Kidman) found the murder weapon hidden in son Henry’s (Noah Jupe) violin case, putting the schoolboy on the list of possible suspects for the murder of Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis). 

It means almost every character is now in the frame for the murder of Mrs Alves.

The victim had sex with her lover, and Grace’s husband, Johnathan (Hugh Grant), at the crime scene in the hours before her death. His proximity to the time made him the prime suspect from the beginning and he is currently on trial. 

But is the adulterous doctor really responsible for his mistress’s murder? 

Who killed Elena Alves? The identity of the killer will be revealed in next week’s episode. Pictured, Matilda De Angelis as Elena in episode one of The Undoing

Fans of the show certainly don’t seem to think so, offering up their own theories as to who really killed Elena Alves. 

Some believe the aloof and put-together Grace is responsible, killing Elena in an act of jealousy after discovering her husband’s infidelity. Or maybe she was having her own affair with the victim (the pair did share a secret kiss in a lift) and felt jealous for a different reason. 

Others believe Grace’s father Franklin (Donald Sutherland) could have murdered Elena and framed his son-in-law in order to protect his daughter; or that her best friend Sylvia (Lily Rabe) is somehow involved and not all as supportive as she seems.

Then there is Elena’s husband, Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Cordova) who has a clear motive and a flimsy alibi. Here, a closer look at the likely suspects… 

THE LOVER ON TRIAL 

Prime suspect: Elena's lover Johnathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) is on trial for her murder - but did he really kill the woman he claims to love? Fans don't think so and say it's 'too obvious'

Prime suspect: Elena’s lover Johnathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) is on trial for her murder – but did he really kill the woman he claims to love? Fans don’t think so and say it’s ‘too obvious’

Affair: Johnathan had sex with Elena hours before she was found dead but says it wasn't him

Affair: Johnathan had sex with Elena hours before she was found dead but says it wasn’t him

WHAT WE KNOW 

The police investigation focused entirely on Johnathan, who was introduced to viewers as a devoted father and charming, committed husband who spent his days curing children of cancer. 

However it quickly became clear that he was less wholesome than he seemed. 

Johnathan became the prime suspect largely because he admitted to arguing and having sex with the victim – his long-term mistress – in the art studio shortly before she was killed. 

He then returned to the scene of the crime, apparently to discuss the ending of their  affair, before fleeing the scene and disappearing for several days.

Johnathan has maintained his innocence, claiming he couldn’t have killed Elena because he ‘loves her’. The pair also share a daughter, who is being raised by Elena’s husband. We also know Johnathan had an affair with one other woman ‘years ago’.

Addressing the court, his defense attorney pointed out there is no evidence directly linking Johnathan to the crime and criticised the police for focusing solely on her client. 

However, in last night’s episode it emerged Johnathan had been indirectly responsible for the death of his four-year-old sister when he was a teenager but did not demonstrate any ‘grief or guilt’, suggesting he could be a sociopath.

THE THEORY: Johnathan killed his lover after an argument

Maybe he is guilty: Viewers said it would be a twist if Johnathan is revealed to be the killer

Maybe he is guilty: Viewers said it would be a twist if Johnathan is revealed to be the killer 

THE VERDICT: Unlikely

What fun would it be if the man on trial for murder was actually the killer?  

THE WRONGED WIFE 

Is it all an act? Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), pictured, has stayed by her husband's side and seemed not to know that he was an adulterous liar. But can she be believed?

Is it all an act? Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), pictured, has stayed by her husband’s side and seemed not to know that he was an adulterous liar. But can she be believed? 

Secret kiss: Grace has still not told anyone about her kiss with Elena in the lift on the night of her death, prompting speculation from some fans that the women were having an affair

Secret kiss: Grace has still not told anyone about her kiss with Elena in the lift on the night of her death, prompting speculation from some fans that the women were having an affair 

WHAT WE KNOW 

Nicole Kidman delivers a masterful performance as straight-laced, Upper East Side Grace, a successful psychiatrist, loving mother and daughter of the uber-wealthy Franklin.

In the early episodes Grace had a series of unusual encounters with the victim, including one gym locker room conversation during which Elena was completely naked. The pair also shared a kiss, instigated by Elena, in the lift at an apartment where a school fundraiser was taking place. Elena was dead hours later. 

Grace seemed shocked and concerned when her husband went missing, and broke down – albeit quietly – when she discovered he was the prime suspect in the murder, had been having an affair and was lying about being fired from his prestigious job at the hospital. But did she already know and take matters into her own hands? 

She has remained by her husband’s side throughout the murder trial, imploring her father to pay his bond and use his connections to secure a superstar defense attorney. 

The doting mother was wide-eyed when she discovered the murder weapon in her son’s violin case.

However she appears to have flashbacks to the moment Elena was fatally struck. She was also captured on CCTV within a block of the crime scene on the night of the murder and has kept her encounters with Elena from the police. 

A portrait of Grace discovered in Elena’s studio after her death certainly suggests their relationship was more complex than it first appeared. Some Twitter users believe the pair could have even been having an affair. 

One tweeted: ‘Okay now I’m thinking Grace did it, she was romantically involved with Elena and got jealous when she found out about Jonathan’s affair, she told her dad who has so much power he framed Hugh by involving the blonde lawyer friend, the headmaster, ex colleague and son.’

THE THEORY: Grace killed her husband’s lover in a jealous rage… or she was also having an affair with Elena   

Fooling everyone: Some fans believe Grace could be responsible for the killing

Fooling everyone: Some fans believe Grace could be responsible for the killing

THE VERDICT: POSSIBLE 

Why would Grace stand by the side of a potential murderer, proven liar and shameless adulterer… unless she knows he is innocent? 

THE SON IN TURMOIL 

An unexpected twist: Grace found the murder weapon in Henry's (Noah Jupe's) violin case

An unexpected twist: Grace found the murder weapon in Henry’s (Noah Jupe’s) violin case

WHAT WE KNOW 

The final moments of last night’s episode shone a spotlight on Grace and Johnathan’s son Henry, who was found with the murder weapon in his room.  

Although it seems unlikely that a schoolboy would be able to overpower a grown woman in an unfamiliar space, the show has certainly laid enough groundwork that leaves him open as a possible suspect. 

Henry has said on a number of occasions that he wants his family to be back together. He also ‘worships’ his father and knew he was having an affair with Mrs Alves, a fact he chose to keep secret from his mother. 

His apology to Elena’s son after bumping into him at school felt particularly pointed. Could he have been apologising for something more than being clumsy? 

One fan noted: ‘Henry saw her as an obstacle to his “happy” family. When someone does that to someone’s face, they’re trying to obliterate them. Get rid of, like they never existed. Gone.’ 

While the majority of viewers seem unconvinced that Henry is the killer, several do believe that he is involved in some way, either knowingly or unknowingly. 

One said of the murder weapon discovery: ‘It was planted or he took it from the scene trying to protect the real culprit. This reveal was too easy. Red herring!!!!!’ 

THE THEORY: Henry murdered Elena to keep his family together… or is hiding the murder weapon for the culprit

Guilty, or an accomplice? Fans are torn over to what extent Henry is involved in the killing

Guilty, or an accomplice? Fans are torn over to what extent Henry is involved in the killing

THE VERDICT: POSSIBLE 

Could Henry be helping one of his parents, or his grandfather, cover up the crime? 

THE PROTECTIVE FATHER 

Dark secrets: Viewers believe Grace's father Franklin (Donald Sutherland), pictured, could be involved in the killing of Elena Alves. But why would he murder the artist?

Dark secrets: Viewers believe Grace’s father Franklin (Donald Sutherland), pictured, could be involved in the killing of Elena Alves. But why would he murder the artist? 

High on the list of suspects for most fans is Grace’s father Franklin, played by Donald Sutherland. 

Although initially introduced as a background character, Franklin, a multi-millionaire and member of the New York City elite, has become more important to the central storyline, taking in Grace and Henry while they are unable to live at home.   

So far it has been revealed he was a serial adulterer while married to Grace’s late mother; loaned Johnathan $500,000 in the belief it was helping to pay their bills; and is capable of making threats to get his way (as seen in his interaction with a school headmaster). There was also a brief scene that appeared to show him loitering outside the Alveses’ apartment. 

Despite having no apparent connection to Elena, viewers believe there might be something going on behind the scenes.

One popular theory is that Franklin killed Elena after discovering her and Johnathan’s affair and framed his son-in-law for good measure. 

One tweet reads: ‘Franklin found out the $500k was for Elena (gallery connection) & confronted Jonathan after auction (J’s ’emergency’ call). F murdered E & took the hammer to frame his son-in-law. Henry found the hammer & thinking he was helping his dad, hid it.’ 

Another is that he and Elena were having an affair, after meeting through their art world connections (there is some suggestion he owns the gallery he frequently visits).

A similarly outlandish idea is that Elena is actually his daughter from one of his extra-marital affairs and he had to kill her for an unknown reason.

THE THEORY: Franklin had an affair with Elena and killed her out of jealousy… or he framed his son-in-law to protect his daughter 

Dark past: Could Franklin's history come into play and be the reason for Elena's murder?

Dark past: Could Franklin’s history come into play and be the reason for Elena’s murder? 

THE VERDICT: Likely 

The majority of fans think Franklin had something to do with the murder. Why cast Hollywood heavyweight Donald Sutherland for the role if he doesn’t have a meaty storyline to sink his teeth into?

THE SUPPORTIVE FRIEND

More to come: Many viewers think there is more to discover about Grace's BFF Slyvia (Lily Rabe), pictured, who is close to the family and knew the victim through school

More to come: Many viewers think there is more to discover about Grace’s BFF Slyvia (Lily Rabe), pictured, who is close to the family and knew the victim through school

WHAT WE KNOW

In the eyes of many fans, the biggest question mark remains over Grace’s BFF Slyvia, played by Lily Rabe. 

A talented lawyer, Sylvia has remained a constant support for her friend, offering her personal and professional advice as she navigates the media storm of her husband’s murder trial. 

One of the queen bees at school, Sylvia also enjoys a close relationship with Franklin, presumably through years of being a family friend, and knew the victim through a parent group.

Sylvia was one of the first to know about Elena’s death and phoned Grace with the news. 

It also emerged that she had secretly helped Johnathan when he faced accusations of inappropriate relations with a patient’s family member (Elena Alves) at work but kept the information from Grace on the grounds of client privilege. 

Now with only one episode to go, fans believe Slyvia may be at the heart of the drama. Why else cast a star like Lily Rabe in the role? 

One tweeted: ‘The dark horse in the whodunnit, she seems very interested and worked up when talking to Grace.’

A theory on maybe Sylvia killing Elena: She was Jonathan’s other affair, and Jonathan said that he might know who killed Elena. Sylvia could’ve killed her out of jealously, Jonathan takes the hammer and gives it to Henry to hide. She’s too invested. #TheUndoing’

THE THEORY: Sylvia killed Elena because she had an affair with Johnathan

Hidden motive: Viewers believe Sylvia might have also been having an affair with Johnathan

Hidden motive: Viewers believe Sylvia might have also been having an affair with Johnathan

THE VERDICT: Likely 

Still an unknown quantity, fans believe there is more to find out about this seemingly supportive friend. 

THE DEVASTATED HUSBAND 

Dark horse: Elena's husband, Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Cordova) has a clear motive and a flimsy alibi

Dark horse: Elena’s husband, Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Cordova) has a clear motive and a flimsy alibi

The other spouse left devastated by Johnathan and Elena’s relationship is her husband, Fernando, who called the police after his wife’s body was discovered by their son. 

Despite being among the first people at the scene of the crime, Fernando was ruled out by police because he had an alibi: he was sleeping at home. Johnathan’s defense attorney pointed out that this is ‘flimsy’ and could easily be a lie. 

Isn’t it possible he killed his wife in a jealous rage after discovering she had slept with Johnathan yet again? 

Yes, it is. Particularly as he confessed to already knowing about the affair and suspected that Johnathan was the father of his and Elena’s daughter. This was later proven with a paternity test. 

The courtroom scene in last night’s episode also proves he has a temper. 

THE THEORY: Fernando murdered Elena because she was unfaithful

Still possible: Some viewers believe Fernando could be the man responsible for the killing

Still possible: Some viewers believe Fernando could be the man responsible for the killing

THE VERDICT: Unlikely 

Many fans believe it would be ‘too obvious’ if Fernando was responsible, particularly given creator David E. Kelley’s flair for unexpected plot twists. 


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