One final push before the end of an incredible series. Broadchurch Episode seven further explored the suspects as Hardy and Miller are closing in on the rapist.
Episode seven exploded on Monday night with David Tennant’s Alec Hardy mercilessly kicked the local teenage boys to the curb. The wrath of a father is a perfect storm and you best get out of the way.
WARNING, CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS
Mark’s alive, now what?
First thing first, Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) isn’t dead. The first five minutes of the episode quickly wipes away the leftover tears from last week. Beth (Jodie Whittaker) is angry obviously, but then she tries to understand Mark’s point of view. The Latimers are now trying to work things out and hopefully become one big happy family once again. The Latimer family went through more than most and they deserve a little break.
Let’s talk about Hardy
No doubt David Tennant stole the show on Monday night. His Scottish eruption not to be outdone by “bloody Twitter” outburst from Series one. By far this is the toughest and most intimidating we’ve seen of Hardy. We want a dad like him but we also don’t want to piss him off. Daisy evidently will stay in Broadchurch now.
It appears that Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley) is the most obvious suspect. He admitted “trying” to have sex with a waitress at the party but she stopped when he got rough. The sexually frustrated Jim could be wandering off and looking for a relief. Cath (Sarah Parish) confirms that he went AWOL the rest of the night. Where was he? What was he doing?
On top of being the worst man ever, he has connections with the other rape victim, Laura (Kelly Gough) His garage was called to tend to her car that night she was attacked. Also, the same condoms that he uses were the same brand found at the crime scene. But we still think he’s too obvious of a suspect to be the real attacker.
Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) is probably the creepiest of them all. His wife found his porn collection that prompts her to ask, “what else aren’t you telling me!?” Lucas responds, “do you really wanna know the answer to that?” Yes, we do. We want to know what else you are hiding. The cliffhanger leaves us with his wife finding his secret stash. The look on his face was truly scary. What is he going to do?
Is the sad-face Leo Humphries (Chris Mason) just an act? Is he really that innocent? The cocky kid who’s bragging about having a girl to clean his socks for him turns out he just wanted to help out his teacher. We’re not buying it.
The fact that Ed Burnett (Sir Lenny Henry) is boozing again brings him right back in the frame. Trish (Julie Hesmondhalgh) said she smelled cheap vodka on her attacker but Ed is drinking what looks like a whisky. He might get ruled out but Trish could also be wrong.
The nerdy Ian Winterman (Charlie Hinson) confesses he installed a spyware on his wife’s laptop claiming that he’s still in love with her and wants to keep an eye on her, now that’s just creepy. Let’s not forget about those clothes and shoes he was rushing to clean earlier in the series.
However, the two other potential suspects were left out of the episode completely. The arrogant sex offender Aaron Mayford (Jim Howick) and the Axehampton House owner (Richard Hope) These two men have no alibis but somehow overlooked by Broadchurch’s finest.
We still don’t want to discount the local vicar Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill), Mark Latimer, Tom Miller (Adam Wilson), and Michael Lucas (Deon Lee-Williams) Basically all the men are suspects and the only man we should trust is Alec Hardy. This is Broadchurch, we don’t expect otherwise.
Who left the bag?
We saw someone retrieved the bag at the beginning of the series but haven’t seen it again until now. Ed conveniently finds it but who actually left it there? The bag contains blue twine with a blood stain on it. Now we’re getting somewhere.
Whose the DNA belong to?
Now that Hardy and Miller got the DNA results back. The DNA found on the sock matches Trish’s DNA and another man’s, but whose is it? Based on the look on Hardy and Miller’s faces, we figure it’s a surprise to them (of course) which sure will be a surprise to us as well.
With only one episode left before the final chapter of Broadchurch. But there’s still a lot of grounds to cover and the real attacker could be anyone. Will one hour be enough to tie up all the loose ends AND deliver the final ruling? Only Chris Chibnall has that answer and we will find out next week.