Dublin Murders episode 6 review

dublin murders episode 6 review

Still catching up on Dublin Murders episode 6? Read Steve’s review of episode 5 here.

We’re now some three quarters of the way into the twisted, complex and eerie world of Dublin Murders and it’s still not remotely clear how this tale of trauma, memory loss, identity and obsession will tie together in the end. If we have to keep this level of head scratching up for the final two parts next week, we’ll draw blood.

Given that the two major plot threads in Dublin Murders are taken from two separate books in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, it seems unlikely that they’ll merge too smoothly to create one over-arching storyline. So don’t expect Lexie’s murder to directly relate to young Katy’s. Or vice versa.

That said, there is one connection between them… the motorway. It’s not often we can say that murders in dark and grisly TV crime dramas are linked by motorways. The Knocknaree woods in which Katy was discovered are the subject of controversy, given that developers want them flattened to build the road. And Whitethorn House – where Cassie is pretending to be the murdered Lexie – is the sole plot left holding up the motorway-inspired development of Wicklow. Much to the ire of their neighbours.

This sixth instalment mainly focused on Cassie’s undercover operation and her rather tall order of having to pretend to be the woman who assumed her old identity, Alexandra ‘Lexie’ Mangan. The mission itself is a rather unlikely one – it’s tricky to buy into the idea that four very close friends wouldn’t spot an entirely different person professing to be their close pal just because she looks similar, has a nose piercing and knows where the spoons are kept in the house. But Dublin Murders is more than good enough to allow us to overlook that slight flight of fancy.

Cassie’s successfully sussing out her new student housemates and while she’s not quite sniffed out exactly what happened as yet, we’re sure she will by next week. Although in a crumbling pile full of lies, secrets, knives and stashed firearms, don’t expect it to go off without a little drama. Especially given the results of that pregnancy test.

Of course, anyone who’s read French’s In the Woods will know just what happened with the forest-based killing of the young girl. For the rest of us, some six episodes in and we know as much as lead detective Rob Reilly (Killian Scott). With just two parts left of Dublin Murders – to be aired next Monday and Tuesday – Rob is still putting all of his investigative eggs in one basket. A basket from 1985. Here’s hoping for his sake, he’s right about the disappearance of ‘Jamie!’ and ‘Peter!’ being directly connected to the 2006 case.

Normally with these kinds of twisting and dark dramas, I like to have a punt on a killer nice and early. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong (mostly I’m wrong). Such is the murkiness and drip feed of information here though, I’ve kept my counsel so far. Well, alright – I’ve just not had a clue, if I’m honest. That said, I’ve finally developed some theories…

Here they are (don’t laugh):

Jamie and Peter are still alive somewhere. And so is Katy. She and Rosalind (who may well actually be Sandra Sculley’s child) accidentally killed Katy’s twin sister instead and Katy took the opportunity to escape the pressure of her future life in ballet and swapped identities with her twin.

As for Lexie’s killer? Perhaps I’ll formulate a theory around that next week. No obvious suspect stands out as yet. Perhaps they all had a hand – or at least a finger – in Lexie’s fatal stabbing. Or is that just a little too Murder on the Orient Express? We’ll see.

How are you getting on with cracking the case(s)? Are you scrabbling around like me, Rob and Cassie? Or do you think you’ve worked it all out? We’d love to hear your speculation and hunches…

Did you catch Dublin Murders episode 6? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Read Steve’s review of episode 7 here.

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1 Comment

  1. KittyMack says

    I think Katy’s murderer is much closer to home. And it’s someone that we would least expect. I’m more interested in Rob’s demons from the past, and what happened to his two friends all those years ago. As far as Cathal is concerned, Rob’s obsession with nailing him as Katy’s killer is a bit, “methinks thou dost protest too much.” I wonder why. It wasn’t Cathal — way too obvious.