After 10 months of waiting, the identity of Lucy Beale’s killer was revealed yesterday to be that of half-brother Bobby Beale.
As Jane enters the house to find Lucy dead on the floor, she turns to find Bobby with the jewellery box in his hand. At this point, Bobby explains that “she started it” – creating the idea that the motive was down to nothing more than sibling rivalry.
In a special flashback episode which aired yesterday, the night of the murder was played again from Lucy’s viewpoint, developing motives and creating further suspects.
But whilst the episode explained “whodunnit”, the motive and how Bobby killed Lucy are still a mystery.
With crime fiction now shifting towards psychology and the motive, viewers only being given the killer’s identity is disappointing.
Another element of surprise is Bobby’s absence from the final line-up. Whilst I praise the show’s ability to provide a shock twist to even non-viewers, other viewers may consider the red herrings to be a waste of 10 months.
However, if the twist is to be justified, the motive must be a solid one. I hope this is revealed in tonight’s semi-live episode.