Still catching up on Dublin Murders episode 7? Read Steve’s review of episode 6 here.
‘You know what happens when doppelgängers meet each other, don’t you? The world ends.’
If that’s true, then luckily for Detective Cassie Maddox – and the rest of us – ‘Lexie Mangan’ (or whatever her real name was) is dead. And luckily for Detective Rob Reilly – and the rest of us again – his doppelgänger is effectively himself…
We trust you’ve been keeping up with BBC One’s Tana French adaptation. Only if not, none of what we just said will have made much sense to you at all.
The penultimate episode of Dublin Murders mostly focused on the conclusion of the plot thread inspired by French’s The Likeness. We rejoined Cassie in the grounds of Whitethorn House with Daniel, Rafe, Justin and Abby. The four students – specifically their almost cultic leader Daniel March – had seen through Cassie and Frank Mackey’s rather ambitious plan of ‘attrition and sedition, with some rather unexpected ketamine turning Cassie’s sedition into sedation.
With his new foe drugged, Daniel was able to regain control of the house and the narrative. But Cassie’s a wily old dog and soon manipulated the situation back to her liking. Her verbal duel with a gun-toting Daniel and his acolytes proved to be one of the best scenes of the series so far. It was tense, thrilling and genuinely unpredictable. There have been some top performances here, but Sarah Greene absolutely dominates Dublin Murders.
We find out which of the students was – technically – responsible for Lexie’s untimely death. Although, given it came under the totalitarian regime of Daniel, the situation was almost forgivable. Whether Lexie will stay true to her promise to speak for the killer in court remains to be seen.
Over on Katy’s investigation, we have a new suspect. Well, we’re led to believe that we actually have the killer – dozy kid Damien, the student archaeologist. Rob had one of those epiphanies that only TV detectives have. While eating a chocolate digestive. It’s a proven technique, of course. That’s why you see so many biscuit barrels in police stations.
We’re not buying it, though – not with a full hour left of the series. We think it’s much more likely that there’s something in what Rob/Adam’s mother was saying to him about his unreliable memory. By all accounts, he was bullied by his ‘friends’ Jamie and Peter. Might Adam/Rob himself be behind their vanishing somehow? It’d certainly explained why his subconscious has been so determined to block out memories of what happened. It’s self preservation.
The revelation came during another powerful scene, one in which Rob’s current identity fractured for a moment, with his voice temporarily reverting back to an Irish brogue. It was the second truly stand-out scene of the hour and, again, it was driven by one of our lead actors shouting at someone while sat on a chair. Sometimes simplicity is key.
The final instalment, episode 8, airs on Tuesday night. There’s plenty to tie up too. Including, but not limited to:
● Katy’s killer (surely it’s not actually Damien?)
● What happened to Peter and Jamie
● Are the 1985 disappearances and the 2006 murder connected?
● Why Adam can’t remember?
● What’s up with the three tears in Adam’s old shirt?
● What’s happening with Cassie’s pregnancy?
● Who’s the father?
● All that ‘He rises’ stuff… does that have any significance?
● What’s going on with that bloody wolf?!
● Is there anything supernatural going on in those woods?
● Just where does O’Kelly get all his one liners from?
There are six books in the Dublin Murder Squad series so far, with the first two being the focus here. That’s not to say that Cassie and Rob have to survive unscathed here, though. Books three to six all feature other lead detectives. So there’s every chance that our theory surrounding Rob’s guilt holds at least some water.
We’re not quite sure how Rob can arrest himself, though. Even if the English Detective Reilly isn’t quite the same person as the Irish Adam. Only you know what happens when doppelgängers meet each other, don’t you…?
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