SPOILER ALERT ‘It was under our noses the whole time!’ The Undoing viewers are left reeling as it’s FINALLY revealed who killed Elena Alves in the series finale
- *WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE UNDOING SEASON FINALE*
- Viewers finally learned the identity of Elena Alves’s killer in the US finale of the show
- They have been kept guessing despite evidence initially pointing to her lover Jonathan Fraser, following his arrest
- Jonathan’s wife Grace, son Henry, father-in-law Franklin and Elena’s husband Fernando all appeared to also have motive to commit the crime
- Viewers shared mixed reactions to the finale on Twitter, with some saying it wasn’t shocking while others expressed pure disbelief
- The Undoing ended in the US on Sunday night and concludes in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Monday
Viewers have been kept on tenterhooks about the identity of Elena Alves’ killer throughout six-part HBO drama, The Undoing.
And when the limited series finale aired in the US on Sunday evening, it was finally revealed to fans who murdered Elena (Matilda De Angelis), after Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) was arrested for her murder during episode two.
In what some Twitter users described as a ‘not-so-shocking twist’, Jonathan is unmasked as the killer, despite mounting evidence in previous episodes that someone had framed him.
While the ending felt obvious to some viewers, others reacted with disbelief.
Among those sounding off on social media was actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa, who declared that she was ‘shooketh’ in a series of live photos detailing her utter surprise on her Instagram story.
Fellow actress Kerry Washington echoed that sentiment, writing: ‘I am undone.’
It’s time! As The Undoing season finale aired in the US on Sunday evening, it was finally revealed to fans who killed Elena Alves, after Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant – left) was arrested for her murder during episode two. While the ending felt obvious to some viewers, others reacted with just as much disbelief as Jonathan’s wife Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman – right)
Whodunnit? Throughout the series many claimed it would be ‘too obvious’ for Jonathan to be the one who killed Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis – pictured) and spent time theorizing about who else may have committed the crime
Wild! Among those sounding off on social media was actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa
Omg! Ripa declared that she was ‘shooketh’ in a series of live photos detailing her utter surprise on her Instagram story
Hinting at her shock after watching the finale, actress Kerry Washington wrote: ‘#TheUndoing I am undone’
Where’s the twist? Some viewers reacting on Twitter felt that the finale wasn’t very shocking
Bravo: Other viewers were delighted by the ending and praised Hugh Grant’s acting chops
A major cliffhanger at the end of episode five left viewers once again questioning the culprit, after Grace (Nicole Kidman) discovered a mallet – the potential murder weapon – hidden in a violin case in her son Henry’s bedroom.
And episode six kicks off where five left off, as Grace and Henry (Noah Jupe) stare at each other intensely as they realize the gravity of what she has discovered.
Henry confesses that he discovered the weapon in an outdoor fireplace at the Fraser family beach house, which was still bloodied, so he decided to run it through their dishwasher (twice!) to clean it off.
The child admits to his shocked mother that he was only trying to cover for his father, who he is convinced killed Elena.
As the episode continues, all the signs point to Jonathan as he admits on the stand that he took his tuxedo from the night in question to the dry cleaners, while making his way to the beach house to see his wife and child.
A shocking flashback from the night of the murder shows his white blood-spattered shirt, however it is still unconfirmed who the killer is at this point.
When Grace confronts her husband over Henry’s claims, he suggests that the weapon was planted by the police in order to frame him, and then even suggests his own 12-year-old son Henry is the killer.
This appears to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Grace, who finally accepts what was been staring her in the face all along. Her husband Jonathan is Elena’s killer.
Grace reverses her decision to not testify for the defense in Jonathan’s murder trial, but in a cold twist she gives information under cross-examination that help the prosecution nail down her husband.
She tells the jury how Jonathan felt no ‘guilt or grief’ when his young sister ran out into the road and was killed by a car. Grace had earlier learned this information from Jonathan’s mother, who labeled her own son a sociopath.
Dark union: Grace began to doubt her husband’s guilt throughout the series before her son confronted her with the truth
Helping: When Grace confronts her husband over Henry’s claims, he suggests that the weapon was planted by the police in order to frame him, and then appallingly even accuses his own 12-year-old son Henry of being the killer
Hard hitting: Grace reverses her decision to not testify in Jonathan’s murder trial, and offers snippets of information that help the prosecution nail down her husband
Further flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love.
Things turned nasty between the couple as Jonathan warned Elena to stay away from his family, while Elena insisted that he would never be able to leave her.
Jonathan then smashed her head against a wall before trying to leave, but as she launched herself at him with a mallet he stopped her, threw her down and bludgeoned her to death.
On the day Jonathan is set to be convicted, he tells his son that he wants to take him out for breakfast but instead tries to go on the run.
While in the car Henry says: ‘You murdered someone’, while Jonathan insists: ‘Not the real me. Not the dad you know.’
He continues to drive on at dangerous high-speed and narrowly avoids smashing into another vehicle after clearing a red light.
Jonathan eventually comes to a stop on a bridge where he threatens to jump off, while his son begs him not to jump, as Grace who has been following in hot pursuit sprints towards her son.
Grace manages to safely retrieve Henry and leads him to her father’s helicopter as they fly off as Jonathan is hand cuffed.
The victim: Flashbacks take the viewers back to the night where Jonathan visited Elena at her studio on the night of the school auction as they made love
In the line of fire? Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Córdova – pictured) was a secondary suspect
Suspicious: Franklin Renner (Donald Sutherland – pictured) also had motive to kill Elena
Throughout the series many claimed it would be ‘too obvious’ for Jonathan to be the killer, and spent time theorizing about who else may have committed the crime.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay surmised: ‘My theory about #TheUndoing was entirely incorrect. But no matter! ‘Twas a fun, twisty long-watch written by David E. Kelley. Splashy perfs by top-notch actors who to go swing for the fences.
‘Directed expertly by Madame Susanne Bier. A good time. Applause for the cast and crew!’
And actress Issa Rae commented: ‘THE UNDOING is the perfect Thanksgiving binge. I love white mess.’
Meanwhile filmmaker Ava DuVernay surmised: ‘My theory about #TheUndoing was entirely incorrect. But no matter! ‘Twas a fun, twisty long-watch written by David E. Kelley. Splashy perfs by top-notch actors who to go swing for the fences’
While actress Issa Rae commented: ‘THE UNDOING is the perfect Thanksgiving binge. I love white mess’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘I accused everyone but it was the husband. “It’s always the husband” #TheUndoingHBO.’
Depicting their journey while watching the show, another person wrote: ‘Week 1: Hugh Grant totally did it. Week 2: Hot husband totally did it. Week 3: Donald Sutherland totally did it. Week 4: No way the kid did it, it was Sutherland. Week 5: Take all the Emmys, Hugh Grant.’
Another person shared a screenshot from children’s cartoon Arthur, which showed a character looked at a sign while saying: ‘That sign can’t stop me because I can’t read’
They commented above: ‘Me trying to accuse every background actor of being the killer when they spelled it out for us on day 1 #TheUndoing.’
One person appeared less impressed with the finale, and said: ‘So why did they put us through all that when the answer to who killed her was so obvious the whole time?’
A different person wrote: ‘Just watched final episode of The Undoing, I convicted everyone BUT the obvious. A great Thanksgiving leftover, tired of cleaning the kitchen, BINGE watch!’
One user said: ‘Damn #TheUndoing that was wild. I was wrong on every theory I had lol. Sometimes the obvious is that way for a reason!’
Another joked: ‘The joke was on us fam. I can’t even be mad. They won.’
One man wrote: ‘When Grace asked to testify I knew what was coming. She set him up so cold.
‘I don’t even think she cared whether he did it or not. She cared he was a danger to her and Henry and would keep cheating.
‘Moral of the story: Hell have no fury like a woman scorned.’
Another Twitter user simply wrote: ‘Well that was unexpected. #TheUndoing.’
Megyn Kelly wrote: ‘Omg. It was right there under our noses the whole time! He was such a good liar! Amazing series and yet another David E. Kelley masterpiece.’
Another Twitter user shared a clown gif and, wrote: ‘We spent this whole time creating theories just not to go with the obvious, and well #TheUndoing.’
Gibson Johns wrote: ‘Knew we would all make-up a million theories as to why every other character did it when there’s a reason why all along every sign pointed to the unfaithful rich white man having done it.’
A fourth person wrote: ‘Boy, Jonathan is a master manipulator, The way he be using people’s desires to get them on his side. #TheUndoing.’
Before the episode, Nicole took to Instagram to promote the big reveal.
‘Alright, I’m sad because this is hard to say and hard to believe but tonight is already the finale of The Undoing,’ she said.
‘Thank you. Thank you for watching and thank you for responding. I have loved reading your thoughts and comments throughout the season. I hope you enjoying watching the final episode; hang on tight. Tune in tonight on HBO.’
‘Hang on tight’: The Undoing leading lady, Nicole thanked fans for tuning in to the miniseries where she declared
Narrowing it down: Kourtney shared that she has ‘a few guesses’ as to who did it
Taking a stab: Filmmaker Eva thinks it’s Ramirez’s character, Detective Mendoza, who killed Elena Alves on The Undoing
Suspenseful: Kelly joked that her dog and children are on the edge of their seats
Keep it under wraps! Hailey Bieber urged people not to ruin he finale
Also joining in on the mystery: filmmaker Ava, who shared she believes the killer is Ramirez’s Detective Mendoza.
‘I have the slightest theory on why it’s him that no one around me is buying. That’s fine. I”m basically just trying to see more Edgar Ramirez,’ she shared on social media.
The host of Live with Kelly And Ryan, Kelly wrote: ‘Even Chewie and kids need to know,’ in a reference to her beloved dog and children Lola, Michael and Joaquin.
Model Hailey Bieber issued a warning to all: ‘If anyone ruins @undoinghbo finale by posting it on their Instagram I’ll cry.’
Kourtney shared that she has ‘a few guesses’ as to who killed Elena Alves in another post on her Insta-Story.
The series appeared popular among the Kardashian Jenners, as Kim revealed she was settling down to watch the show.
Kim wrote: ‘I’m finally starting The Undoing! Please no one ruin the finale for me! No posting in group chats that I’m in please! K thanks!’
However she later added: ‘Urgh my daughter just walked in my room to sleep in bed with me and I can’t watch The Undoing now FML!!
‘I play she falls asleep fast.’
Meanwhile, her sister Kylie shared a clip of her home cinema and wrote: ‘Almost time #TheUndoingHBO.’
The Undoing concludes in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 9pm tonight.
Settling down: The series appeared popular among the Kardashian Jenners, as Kim revealed she was settling down to watch the show
Almost time! Meanwhile, her sister Kylie shared a clip of her home cinema and wrote: ‘Almost time #TheUndoingHBO’
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