Two episodes in and Harper's Island
is now must-watch TV
every Thursday night.
The simple mystery
of trying to figure out who's the killer, who will die next and what clues are
merely red herrings is as entertaining as anything
The second episode helped fix the main problem of the
premiere by establishing more of the characters.
An initial cast of 25 is absurdly huge, but
thankfully three of those suspects are already dead.
Continuing the greatness of an underwater
murder and cutting Uncle Marty in half, the second episode featured a
decapitation, a hanging and a girl being burned alive.
That's just the kind of crazy death scenes
any horror movie fan could hope for.
While the large cast is still a bit difficult to grasp, some
characters are stepping up.
between townie Shane and goth brother of the groom J.D. is intriguing with deer
carcasses and girls in the middle.
However, anyone who thinks this has anything to do with the actual
serial killer storyline obviously has no sense of horror film history.
Shane is the very definition of a red
herring, an ominous guy who has a short fuse and crossbow skills. Harper's Island
clearly wants us to think he's
the killer, which should be the first sign that he's not.
On the other end of the spectrum is the macabre Chloe and
her foppish British beau Cal.
seem certain that Cal will die, and the show seems to be playing this up as a
possible running joke, putting the British dandy into precarious situations,
fooling viewers into thinking he'll die.
I suspect he'll outlast most of the wedding party out of sheer
Either that, or he's the killer.How, you might ask, could he be the killer if he was tied up
that whole time?
The simple answer is
that there almost certainly must be two killers.
In order to cover this much ground, Harper's
Island will likely take the Scream
approach and have two people working
together as the killer.
get tied up could just be Cal's way of throwing suspicion off himself.However, he's the only character with no real connection to
the island or the other characters, so unless he's hiding a big secret, he
would have no clear motive for murder.
Which brings us to..THIS WEEK'S KILLER THEORY:
My current theory is that Henry the groom and Jimmy, Abbey's
ex, are working together as the killers.
Take another, closer look at their scene together on Jimmy's boat and
try reading between the lines.
never provide any explicit details.
Henry is quite vague and just wants to make sure that they're still
Presumably he's talking about the
feud between Jimmy's best friend Shane and Henry's brother J.D.
But taken another way, that whole
conversation might be a check-in to be sure their murderous rampage is still on
Why would they do this, you might ask?
The true motive for the serial killers may
not be revealed for a while, but it undoubtedly has something to do with John
Perhaps Jimmy and Henry are
both the illegitimate sons of Wakefield trying to avenge their father's murder.
Uncle Marty had to die because maybe he was the only one who
knew that Henry is really the son of Wakefield.
The preacher's murder could be a way of giving Trish something to worry
about for the wedding so Henry has time to focus on killing.
Kelly was worried about the possible return
of Wakefield, which Jimmy learned by talking to Abbey, and Lucy witnessed Abbey
and Jimmy's conversation, making her a possible witness.
Maybe the entire purpose of Henry getting
married was a way to lure Abbey back to Harper's Island so they could use her
to inflict emotional pain on her dad, Wakefield's killer.
So what do you think?
Is this theory sound, or is there someone else you think is behind the
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