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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 12:13 am
Harper's Island (Yes, AGAIN)

 

Okay, this is my final theory ... this week. I reserve the right to change it as soon as the finale starts and I change my mind again. :D

I'm going with Shae. After talking this through with so many of you, all the things that have been bugging me along the way, pointing to people like Maggie as Wakefield's partner, line up really nicely with the idea that it is actually Shae who is Wakefield's partner, and that her motivation is a Cain/Able complex directed at Trish for always being Daddy's special little girl when Daddy doesn't look twice at her combined with an intrinsically sociopathic personality they've kind of played with a bit in both her Ice Queen distance from everyone and her daughter's obviously creepy-in-a-borderline-sociopathic-way actions all through the series.

So walk with me here in why I'm going this way:

1) Sociopaths

Daddy showed very clear signs of being a potential sociopath in how utterly amoral he is in business, coupled with how willing he is to use an ex to split Trish and Henry up the day before their wedding, and how easily he lies to cover his involvement in that scheme when Trish confronts him on it. Shae's husband has also implied that Daddy might be a sociopath in his comments about his affair with Daddy's wife being about getting back at Daddy for the kind of horrible person he is to work for ... him saying that, as he did, like there was SO much Daddy does in his business world that people would know he was a Hitler wannabe if they actually knew about it, which he does, but no one else does.

Sociopathic behavioral disorders are hereditary (but not 100% hereditary, meaning not all children of a sociopath will be sociopaths), and Shae, as Daddy’s' biological daughter, has shown a number of indicators of failure of emotional attachment to her sister, her father, her husband, and even her daughter on occasion. She plays the Ice Queen very well, playing it as if she is just the very reserved sister rather than the wild child like Trish; but this being very arguably an indication that she is mimicking any emotional attachment she feels rather than actually feeling it.

Madison, as Shae's biological daughter, has also shown an ability to have no empathy whatsoever with other people, and to lack any real emotional attachment to anyone ... case-in-point, in particular, the firecrackers. She lied convincingly and without affect to Abby about it being the sheriff who hid her in the tunnels. She fears her daddy is dead, yet she doesn't respond like a much-loved child who just lost her daddy so much as she does like someone who's just a little sad that her favorite person to manipulate is no longer around to manipulate. She watched her grandfather killed right in front of her, yet Trish is really the only one who responded as if this was as horrific a thing as it should have been to anyone emotionally attached to the man. Yes Shae and Madison cried, but their responses were played much more as "we are supposed to grieve" than that they were actually grieving, where in contrast, Trish's eyes were swollen from crying and she was nearly catatonic with grief and trauma for several episodes (indicating that the show considers this the "loving" response to such a horrific murder of a loved one). But less than 24 hours after Daddy was headaxed right in front of them? Neither Shae nor Madison seem particularly impacted by that catastrophic emotional trauma.

2) The Smashed Tea Service

If Shae's motivation here is to hurt Trish as much as she possibly can to punish her for being Daddy's favorite, then in addition to murdering Daddy right in front of her, while giving her away at the altar, no less; Shae would have very easily equated those precious dishes from their mother as Trish's last remaining link to her. So smashing them? Makes perfects sense to a sociopath, and would be something she'd likely equate to a dead mother version of headaxing Daddy at the altar.

They implied that Madison might have smashed the tea service, but they never really "solved" that mystery. If it was Shae who smashed them, rather than Madison, it supports the idea that the act was intended solely to emotionally devastate Trish (whereas Madison had no real motive to either smash the dishes nor to seek to specifically hurt her aunt), and if Shae is a sociopath, then her letting Madison be blamed-by-implication wouldn't really be a problem for her, as she would lack any true emotional attachment even to her daughter, even if she does "love" her daughter as much as she will ever "love" anyone.

3) Dead Cousin Under the Boat (ep 1) and Torched Bridesmaid in the Pit

The cousin was related to Trish, but his body was placed so it could conceivably have never been discovered at all, thus serving no purpose in the "let's scare the hell out of the wedding party because I'm a psycho and its fun" that is obviously a motivation for Wakefield. Likewise, the bridesmaid was torched in a way that has yet to be discovered, again, depriving the wedding party of any fear payoff from her murder. If emotional devastation for Trish is the primary driver behind many of these murders (but not all of them, as Wakefield is obviously the guy doing the wet work, and Wakefield has his own psychopathic agenda and victim list that has little or nothing to do with Shae's), then they both accomplish something in depriving Trish of a cousin she cared about enough to involve in her wedding party AND one of her closest friends, the bridesmaid. The discovery of those bodies isn't necessary to accomplish Shae's agenda of hurting Trish; simply the fact that their sudden disappearance implies they are also victims when other victims start showing up is enough to inflict emotional wounds on Trish, even if their bodies are never found.

4) Madison Hidden in the Tunnels

If Shae paired up with Wakefield to this kind of body count to punish Trish for always being the one Daddy loved instead of her, it would explain why Trish hasn't been capped yet (despite her vulnerability on several occasions); why Daddy was capped right in front of Trish, in such a horrific way, and at the most traditional of traditional father-daughter moments of expressed paternal devotion in a girl’s life (the giving away of the daughter at her wedding, even if it was just the rehearsal for as much); and why Madison (Shae’s daughter) was pulled out of the line of fire and hidden away some place safe, but Madison (Trish’s niece)’s disappearance was used to keep the guests on the island ... a ploy that could easily have been designed to strip Trish of her closest friends by proving them out a bunch of loyalless wimps who would feed both Trish and her niece to the wolves if it meant saving themselves.

5) Maggie

Two Maggie revelations have bothered me from their inception, one of them bothering me so much it put Maggie at the top of my "in league with Wakefield" list for a couple of episodes.

The first, and most bothersome, of those is the idea that the Sheriff has diagrams of the under-the-Inn tunnels (proving they ARE part of the islands records), yet Maggie supposedly didn’t know those tunnels existed until they were discovered, even though she knew the tunnels were used during prohibition AND she would have no doubt had a structural integrity inspection done on the property before she ever bought it in the first place. So either those tunnels were disclosed to her when she bought the inn during the structural integrity inspection, OR the inn is a generational family holding, in which case she absolutely knows about the tunnels via oral tradition from the ancestors who built them for use during prohibition. Either way, no fucking way Maggie didn’t know about those tunnels. Maybe she didn’t THINK about those tunnels as a hiding place for Madison when Madison was snatched, but that isn’t what she said. She said she didn’t know about them. Bullshit. It is what put Maggie right at the top of my list of Wakefield accomplices, particularly given Madison’s later revelation that it was indeed Wakefield who stashed her in the tunnels.

The other Maggie issue that bothers me is the weakness of the scripted justification for her leaving the bar when she knows Wakefield is outside looking for victims: because she is a local and he is clearly only after the wedding party. That has bothered me from the moment she said it as a character justification for why Maggie would take such a huge risk with a psycho killer who only killed LOCALS, not members of the wedding party, the first time he went off the reservation twelve years ago. While I don’t necessarily consider it impossible that Maggie might have acted under this thinking, I find it a very weak reason for her to do what she did, which makes me question it when the script has given very few weak justifications for why people have done what they have done. So for me? Seemed weak enough to question if this was REALLY the reason she felt safe in leaving that bar … because she is a local and clearly Wakefield, the Harper Island Killer, is only targeting non-locals.

Both of these issues are perfectly explained by the idea that Shae is the one who is in league with Wakefield. Because if it is Shae? Then Maggie knows about it. Maggie knew about the tunnels and didn’t mention them because Shae knows exactly where her daughter is and is playing the panicked mother for effect, not because she is truly panicked. In short, Maggie is in league with Shae and Wakefield. This is why she feels she can walk out of that bar and not get killed by Wakefield. Because she is PART of the plot, not one of the planned victims of the plot.

The "he's only after you; the locals are safe" is a weak, although not entirely unbelievable, justification for her to take such a bold action as to walk right out into the open, knowing Wakefield is outside, because it isn’t her TRUE justification for taking such a risk, it is just the one she is using as an excuse to get out of that bar where the wedding party is waving around shotguns willy-nilly in a rather dangerous way.

In terms of it being why Maggie REALLY left the bar (as compared to just her excuse for leaving the bar), let me show you why I consider it something an even half smart woman wouldn’t bet on: consider 20 purple people and 2 blue people in a room surrounded by tigers. When 5 purple people and 1 blue person make a break for it, and the tiger only eats the purple people while the blue person gets away in the chaos, for the other blue person to say "the tigers only want to eat purple people, and I'm blue, so I'm going to walk through them and be safe?" Is the kind of leap people don't make when getting et by tigers is the penalty for being wrong. MAYBE if the split is reversed between purple and blue, and the tiger runs past the 5 blue people to eat only the 1 purple person, THEN one or more of the other 15 blue people left inside might be stupid enough to roll that dice, thinking the tigers obviously don't want to eat blue people, but even that is still a little weak in the justification, again, considering the consequences for wrong-headed analysis.

Which is why I say, for Maggie to decide, with only one instance of a local not being killed by Wakefield to use as "proof" of her theory, particularly when she already knows the Minister was a local and was killed by Wakefield AND that Wakefield originally targeted ONLY locals in his first murder spree, to go walking out amongst the tiger because he obviously isn’t interested in killing locals? Neh. That choice tells me one of two things: either the writers punked out a bit on that justification for Maggie’s choice to leave the bar (although again, not a justification I think is WRONG for why Maggie left the bar so much as really weak, particularly given how strong the writing is in other character motivations to this point in time), OR my original issue with Maggie being the inn owner and knowing the place was built in prohibition but supposedly NOT knowing those tunnels were down there is exactly what I read it to be that put her so high on my suspect list for a couple of weeks: a flat out lie.
 

All of which I point out to say, if it IS Shae who has partnered up with Wakefield, and Maggie DID know about the tunnels (and was even the likely source of that intel both to Wakefield for moving about the island without being seen and to Shae as a safe place for her daughter to be stashed while the bloodbath was in progress), then it would make perfect sense for her to use the "he's not interested in locals, he's only interested in you people" justification to get away from the bar, thinking that since she is part of the conspiracy, NOT because she's just a local, Wakefield won’t kill her.

All of which also dovetails nicely with Shae’s change in behavior AFTER Maggie is killed as compared to before that event. When Maggie is killed despite being "in on it" with Wakefield, that puts Shae on notice that, while she once considered herself and her daughter "safe" from Wakefield, she can no longer assume that. If he will kill Maggie despite her partnership in his vendetta, then Shae must consider that he is equally planning to kill Shae and Madison, too, either because he’s a psycho or because they would be witnesses against him as the perpetrator of this mass murder spree.

Uh oh.

Nothing like realizing the psycho who is your partner is actually a psycho who loves killing so much he's going to kill you, too, even though you're his partner to make someone a little more interested in acting like her life is in danger ... something Shay hadn't really done until after Maggie was iced.

BEFORE Maggie was iced, Shae wandered off in the Inn alone after the murders were discovered and everyone else was huddled together in one room for protection, AND she went off, on foot and alone, to "search for Madison" like she never really considered the fact that splitting off from the herd made her the perfect next target for the hungry, hungry tiger. The writers nicely justified these choices at the time as Shae’s mother's devotion interfering with her ability to give a shit whether she's putting herself in danger or not; but her thinking she's safe from Wakefield because he's her partner while she is a bit worried about getting caught in the crossfire at the Inn with so many non-gun-experienced people running around with shotguns while twitchy enough to shoot at anything that moves, certainly makes a much stronger case for why she is endangering the primary drive behind finding her daughter (because if she’s dead, will anyone but Trish even waste time looking for Madison, let alone risk their LIVES to do so?) by putting herself in foolish danger by looking for Madison alone and unprotected rather than looking for her with someone at her back with a shotgun to both protect her in looking and she and Madison after finding.

AFTER Maggie is iced, however, Shae is suddenly sticking with the herd like glue, and acting like she actually believes that both she and Madison’s lives may be in danger. This is why she goes with Trish when they run to the Sheriff’s house, and it is equally why Wakefield showed no real concern for Shae nor Trish, but rather focused his attention on both Nikki and Shane, as they were the two in the room who were potentially dangerous to him, and both of them had the sand to try and fight him rather than run. Whereas Shae and Madison were going to run, and Trish would follow her family.

It is also why, once Trish leaves Shae in the sheriff’s attic, Shae is going through his papers, looking for someone else to put the blame on other than herself, now that she has to consider the fact that, if she survives this, it won’t be because everyone who knows what was going on is killed, but she and Madison weren’t because Wakefield wasn’t going to kill them. So now she has to build a case for someone else -- preferably someone already dead, like the sheriff -- to be Wakefield’s accomplice so she can be just another innocent victim rather than the architect behind it all, and the sheriff’s research into Wakefield is the best place for her to find someone to blame, particularly if she can eliminate any of the sheriff’s papers while no one else is there that might indicate her fall guy (read: Jimmy) is innocent.

And lastly, it really gives a nice irony to Trish’s last line to Shae before she left with Abby --- "I love you" to Shae, who orchestrated all this carnage for the sole purpose of destroying Trish and everyone she loves. Writers LOVE that kind of shit, and it was the perfect way to play the relationship between Trish and Shae if it is indeed Shae who has done this out of jealousy for Trish’s relationship with their father.

So all of the above considered, here is my final theory on what’s going on, and why:

Shae is Wakefield’s accomplice, and her motivation for being so is to destroy Trish for being Daddy’s favorite … a Cain and Abel complex gone girlie, with the "Nothing I can do is good enough for my Father" Cain/Shae striking out at the "I’m just who I am and I can’t help it that my Father loves me, but he loves you, too, and I love you, too" Abel/Trish with the jawbone of an ass in the form of destroying everyone she loves on her most precious of precious princess days: her perfect wedding to the perfect man.

Additionally, Abby is not Wakefield’s daughter. But. Henry is Wakefield’s son. But Henry is not in league with Wakefield, nor does he likely even know he is Wakefield’s son. But Henry is the reason behind Wakefield’s vendetta, that vendetta being two-fold: to punish the sheriff and other locals who stole his son and gave that son to Henry’s parents for adoption AND to get Henry back for his own by stripping Henry of everything BUT his father, the psycho.

And this is where JD’s "it's all about you, Abby" line plays. Because from JD’s perspective, he believes it IS all about Abby. He is an unreliable narrator, telling her what he knows from his own knowledge base … a knowledge base that lacks any understanding of Shae’s involvement or how that involvement plays to who is dying and why. JD read the diary citing Wakefield’s slaughter fest as retaliation for Abby’s mother taking his "child" ("child" being relevant here … the book was too specific about that word, which left the child’s gender inspecific, meaning it could be either a girl OR a boy, him only referring to it as his "child") and he assumed, like everyone else has, that the child Wakefield is referring to must be Abby. AND he is murdered by a man he recognizes as actually Wakefield, not someone else pretending to be Wakefield. So in his dying breath, he tells Abby what he believes to be true: it is all about her because she is Wakefield’s daughter and he is a first hand witness to the fact that Wakefield is alive and the one doing all the killing.

But JD is wrong. Because he doesn’t know Henry is Wakefield’s son any more than Henry does. Although likely, the sheriff did. But if he does, the sheriff also knows that Henry has no idea he is Wakefield’s son, and he is also the son of the woman the sheriff loved, and the sheriff has known this kid his whole life. Which is why the sheriff is not worried about Henry being a psycho, even if he knows Henry is Wakefield’s son (which, it bears noting, he might NOT know, if his wife gave up the baby BEFORE she met the sheriff rather than after), and it is why he doesn’t tell anyone about Henry’s bloodline even after the murders start and despite the fact that he suspects Wakefield is still out there alive somewhere, and killing. Because as much as Abby is not his daughter by blood (something I consider likely, given the mother’s flashback statement of "your father’s been good to us," which implies Abby is not the sheriff’s biological child even if the sheriff has raised her since infancy; and which is also supported by how Jim Beaver played the sheriff’s ferocious "you are NOT his child, you are MY child" as a statement that indicates Abby is his child because he raised her, even if she is not his child by blood) , he considers Abby wholly his daughter, which means he would consider Henry wholly the Dunn’s son, too, not the son of his biological father who has never even met him.

I’m going to caveat here that, while I am pretty sure, at this point, that Henry is Wakefield’s son, I do not eliminate the possibility that Abby is also Wakefield’s daughter. I think it is VERY possible that they are going to play it as if the sheriff’s wife and Abby’s mother had twins – something Wakefield didn’t know, he only knew she was pregnant – and that she and the sheriff kept the daughter and put Henry up for adoption to the Dunns. Whether this proves out to be true or not, if Henry IS Wakefield’s son, then he is also Abby’s mother’s son, which at the very least, makes them half siblings, if not non-identical twins. And I think this is the basis for that intense brother-sister bond that Abby and Henry share … a bond that so often implies it is a love for one another that both deny for whatever reason, but that makes a lot of sense that it is a deep love for one another that isn’t actually a sexual love, and this is why Henry fell for Trish and Abby fell for Jimmy … because they are NOT in love with one another and just in denial, but rather they are siblings, even if they don’t know it. And for my money, that case is actually stronger if they are non-identical twins who shared a womb at one point, there being much research to indicate that the bond formed in the womb survives even when twins are separated at birth and raised in different households, never knowing one another. So the idea that Abby and Henry might feel this intense bond between them that is NOT sexual but that IS love makes a really good case to me that they shared the same womb, but were separated at birth. (Although, again, I have to say that them being half-siblings would work for me, too; it just doesn’t make as strong a case IMO.)

But back to my main thrust about Henry being Wakefield’s son (whether Abby is also Wakefield’s daughter notwithstanding), this also makes a great case for why Uncle Marty was the first to go. Because Uncle Marty? Would be the only one who WOULD likely know (other than possibly the sheriff) that Henry is Wakefield’s son. So if he isn’t the first casualty? Then the murders start coming to light and everybody is freaking about it potentially being Wakefield and the first think Uncle Marty is going to say is "Well, he’s after Henry, because Henry’s his son." So that makes a perfect case for Wakefield taking out Uncle Marty FIRST, not only to keep anyone else from knowing Henry is his son, but also because Uncle Marty, in his eyes, would be accountable for the crime that sparked his initial killing spree as he knows who Henry is and was part and parcel to stealing Henry from Wakefield.

So I think, whatever undisclosed "tragedy" killed the Dunns when Henry and JD were young, it will very likely be revealed as not an accident, but rather, Wakefield’s doing. And that Wakefield equally slaughtered JD because JD is NOT his son, he was the Dunn’s biological son (couples who adopt due to conception issues often conceive a biological child of their own once the pressure of the drive to have a kid is eased by the adopted kid’s presence, so Henry’s adoption could very well have been the catalyst to JD’s conception in a couple who, prior to that conception, did not think they could have biological children of their own, and thus might have engaged in an illegal adoption, particularly if the sheriff and the local minister were in on it … me always feeling that the minister was murdered for more reason than simply to gain access to his church). Only HENRY is Wakefield’s son, and if Wakefield wants him back, the psycho in him would likely think the way to accomplish that would be to sever any ties Henry has to anyone else, including his brother and his uncle.

So there-in you have the motivations for every murder committed. Some are slaughtered to serve Shae’s sociopathic jealousy of her sister. Some are slaughtered to punish those involved in stealing Henry from Wakefield and in service of a psychos idea of how to win his son back from those who stole him.

And the tie between Shae and Wakefield? In my mind, it will likely turn out that, in looking into Henry’s background in an effort to vet him as a worthy mate for his daughter (something rich Daddies almost ALWAYS do when their princess falls for a up-papered strays), Daddy likely discovered that Henry was Wakefield’s son … something that Shae somehow found out about, and something that may well also be the basis for Daddy’s intense desire to break Henry and Trish up even though Trish clearly seems to love Henry … which could easily be how Shae found out about it, her calling Daddy on trying to break Trish and Henry up, and Daddy spilling it to Shae that Henry was Wakefield’s kid and he didn’t want that blood anywhere near his precious little girl … Trish.

Which is how all this came to fruition during Trish and Henry’s wedding. What more perfect opportunity for either of them? So Shae used her money/influence to find Wakefield and bring this game to the board: you destroy my sister the way I want (and eliminate my cheating husband in the deal, and get me my inheritance early by offing my pops at the same time, but doing it in the way that will most hurt his precious little princess Trish, who you can then kill so I get all the family money rather than just half of it), and I’ll finance you getting your son back in the deal. And as the cherry on top, you know Abby will be back on the island for Henry’s wedding, so you can get back at the sheriff, your archenemy and nemesis, through his precious little princess Abby.

That, my friends, is my final theory. Whether or not it is how this will play out? Who knows. Not I, for sure. And I won’t promise not to completely change my theory yet again, as I have so many times in the past 12 weeks. But for me, this is the one that makes the most sense at this particular point in time, and it also ties up all the loose strings that have been bothering the shit out of me all along the way.

And as for Jimmy? Jimmy just loves Abby. His big "confession" from the promo? Is that he has a record in Seattle, not that he’s Wakefield’s kid. Because he’s not Wakefield’s kid. If he were? While the Sheriff would be fine with Henry being Abby’s "sibling" even if he carried Wakefield’s blood in his veins; he would NOT be okay with his daughter doing the nasty with her half-brother, which Wakefield and Abby’s mother’s son would be, even if he isn’t her twin. And neither would Abby’s mother, for that matter. So if Jimmy were Wakefield’s son? Mom would have FREAKED when Abby started dating him. Because she would know who Jimmy was whether the sheriff did or not. And in the flashback, Abby’s mother knew Abby was going into the woods to consummate her long-time love with Jimmy and she was fine with it. Which proves, to my mind at least, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jimmy is NOT Wakefield’s son.And that leaves Henry as Wakefield’s child. And it leaves both a true love dynamic (Abby/Jimmy) and a sibling dynamic (Abby-Henry) on the table in the final play to prove that love trumps evil, and that the love of nurture outweighs the weight of nature in Wakefield being defeated either by his daughter and her true love, or his son and that son’s half sister, or by his son AND his daughter, both of whom are good people raised by loving parents even if Wakefield’s blood DOES run through both their veins.
 
 




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adelheide
adelheide
Queen of the Monkey People
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)

Truly, I adore your brain sometimes.

Most of the time, actually.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)

:D Thank you.


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faith5by5_1013
faith5by5_1013
faith5by5_1013
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)

I've been thinking the same thing about Shae and Madison, but I didn't think it through all that much. It's nice to see a reason for Shae being Wakefield's accomplice, rather than just noticing a few things that suggest she's guilty.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)

I knew they were playing Shae as an ice princess for some as-of-yet undisclosed reason, but I wasn't sure what it was until all these things started lining up for me. Still not sure-sure I suppose, but the the dog sure hunts for me.


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caffienekitty
caffienekitty
CaffieneKitty
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)

I'm still thinking it's a conspiracy between one or more of the boys and Wakefield, but you make a very good case here. Shea has been slipping under my radar because I find her generally too petty and annoying to be machiavellian, but that could very well be an error in my judgement. :-)

It's kind of cool to have the extra week for theory-spinning before the finale. It's like a big game of Clue. If I was more into the show and didn't have a billion other things to do, I'd rewatch the whole damn thing before the finale and track who was where when each murder happened. Grids and maps and pie charts and stuff. Timelines. What happened when on which day. Tracking when the 'boat on the other side of the island' went missing and other assorted assertions and things.

Cousin Chum (the propeller death in ep 1) I suspect is a red herring, and probably Uncle Marty's doing, tied in some way to that bag of money and gun Marty was bringing to the island. Did we ever get an explanation for that?


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)

I'd rewatch the whole damn thing before the finale and track who was where when each murder happened. Grids and maps and pie charts and stuff. Timelines.

LOL! I'm there with that.

Cousin Chum. Love it. I don't take him as a red herring though. Goes to Occam's Razor, I think: a billion and a half easier ways for Marty to off the guy if the murder had anything to do with the nefarious implications of the gun and the money. The complexity of the mode of murder speaks to some other agenda than simply getting someone out of the way. It's a bit like head-axing someone in a church rather than just shooting them. Much more horrific to get propellered and have the air tank there so you know it's coming. That's a psycho game of mindfuck, not a drug murder perpetrated by a half drunk.

Why Marty had the gun and the money with him are, I suspect, the red herrings here as their only relavancy to the goings on at Harper's Island is in how they provide a pre-established source for the money found with Lover Boy out on the boat. As Wakefield's agenda at that point seemed to be to keep the murders masked until he was farther along in the game (the fishing line with the minister on it, the suicide gambit with the girl, the text message from Marty ... all efforts to buy time to the end of a delayed reveal of start point), his little "it must have been a drug deal gone bad" set up needed a bag of money that someone like Wakefield wouldn't likely have on hand (or be willing to part with if he did have it on hand), so to head off the "well THAT's stupid, where would Wakefield have gotten the money he left on the boat?" criticism, they pre-established that Marty had a bag of money sitting around, and whoever murdered Marty likely took it and used it as a prop for Lover Boy's murder. Which, to my mind, also implies that Marty likely brought that bag of money to the island thinking he was going to do some business there ... and that was probably a set-up from Wakefield fronting himself as a drug runner who would meet Marty at the island by phone, thus giving Marty a reason to have shown up with a bag of money that Wakefield could then later use as a prop in a murder other than Marty's.


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apocalypsos
tatty bojangles
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)

And lastly, it really gives a nice irony to Trish’s last line to Shae before she left with Abby --- "I love you" to Shae, who orchestrated all this carnage for the sole purpose of destroying Trish and everyone she loves. Writers LOVE that kind of shit, and it was the perfect way to play the relationship between Trish and Shae if it is indeed Shae who has done this out of jealousy for Trish’s relationship with their father.

And really, this whole theory turns the Shae revelation into another thing writers like to do -- bite characters in the ass for previous behavior. They'd greatly enjoy giving Trish a sociopath for a sister after Trish's declaration upon JD's arrest that she and Henry could never be together after his brother turned out to be a killer.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)

Exactly!


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morganslady
morganslady
morganslady
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the thoughtful analysis.. I also believe Shae is Wakefield's partner. My reasoning was a more obvious one(cheating husband needed killing), but your theory makes more sense.
And I also found the diary choice of the word "child" not being gender specific as a blind trail. I think Abby has a twin,Henry would be the 'best' option for that as he and Abby are best friends,their have a connection they don't fully understand.
I am so looking forward to the finale..


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)

Me, too.


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satinesatire
Gabrielle Black
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)

Great analysis. I have noticed Shea's odd behavior and had commented to my friend that we can see where Madison gets her sociopathic behavior from. Your sister, that you might not see alive again, says "I love you" before she leaves and the proper response is to stare blankly? Really, Shea?

Your theory also fits with how how the previews show Wakefield going after Trish. I had been speculating with a friend about Henry being Wakefield's son but had decided against it because he if he was psycho junior he'd knock off psycho senior for going after his woman. You raised a point I hadn't thought of - if the child, whoever they are, didn't know that they were Wakefield's child.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)

Thank ya. I've been dancing back and forth between Henry and Jimmy being Wakefield's son ever since the word "child" was used in the diary rather than "daughter". But Henry seemed too distraught over the killings to in on them, so Jimmy seemed like a more likely candidate to me ... until it occured to me that, at the very least, Abby's MOM would know the identity of her own son, so her being okay with Abby (her biological daughter) dating someone she would know was her biological son ... Yeah. That kinda threw Jimmy right off the map for me, as he doesn't really have a motive to be Wakefield's accomplice unless it's a blood vendetta, so if he's not Wakefield's son, then he's not Wakefield's accomplice either.


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roseficke
roseficke
roseficke
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)

Good theory! I have to say, after the last batch of killings my brain frizzled out and I decided to just go along for the ride and let the writers surprise me. But, and there's always a but, I definitely don't think it's Jimmy. And that's my two cents worth! :-)


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)

I've been having WAY too much fun trying to figure out where they are going by the tail of bodies they're leaving in their wake to not try and get there first.


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writingpathways
Rachel Elisabeth
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)

My only issue with this theory is the that Abby and Henry's friendship/love is so strong because they are truly twins as for me it's been so refreshing to see a friendship like the actual bestfriendship I have shown on screen without anyone trying to make it romantic in anyway. So I'd love for it to stay just two people who have a truly strong and amazing friendship.

Otherwise very sound, totally believable and awesome theory.

Though I'm still doubting Henry.


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writingpathways
Rachel Elisabeth
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)

this line: My only issue with this theory is the that Abby and Henry's friendship/love is so strong because they are truly twins as for me

Should be: My only issue with this theory is the that Abby and Henry's friendship/love is so strong because they are truly twins. Because for me


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sothereyougo
sothereyougo
sothereyougo
Thu, Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)

Come on, now! Next time you decide to post a theory of this kind you should actually give it a little thought first!! :D HAHAHA!

This is some impressive pondering you've been doing, and I am completely convinced by your logic that Jimmy isn't Wakefield's son. I am also a believer that Abby and Henry are at least half-brother and sister. I love the whole fraternal twins idea for that, too.

Further, I have also found Shae's affect to be off and did sense a certain jealousy of Trish simmering there, and her daughter is one more freaky little kid!! I do like the idea that partnering with a psycho is a risky proposition for Shae even if they do have a kind of blood vendetta in common.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well as the logic by which you reached your conclusions. Either you will turn out to be correct, or, as sometimes happens, the solution that gets revealed could turn out to be less satisfying than the one you came up with yourself! *waves*


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)

LOL. Yeah, I don't ponder these things at all. I was telling my hubs about half of this stuff the other day and he says, "Babe, you've really gotta stop watching shows with Jim in them." His point there being that the last 3 shows I've obsessed on in an overly analytical way have been Deadwood, Supernatural and Harper's Island. Fuckin Jim Beaver ...

LOL


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gigglemonster
gigglemonster
Dayln
Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)

DUDE
This theory is frakking amazing. It makes so much sense it's not even funny.
I thought I was excited for the finale before but now I can't WAIT.
I wish I had a more intelligent response to give you in order to discuss this further or something but really all I've got is a big fat OMG YES!


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Sun, Jul. 5th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)

Thanks! :D I'm dying for the finale, too. Can hardly wait.


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sentinelsoul
sentinelsoul
Follow the Circle Down
Mon, Jul. 6th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)

Quite honestly, if the show doesn't turn out this way, I'm going to be severely disappointed. Because this? Much, much better than I've seen anyone else come up with, including my own half-belief that it will turn out to be Abby's evil side of a split personality. You made me actually consider watching the finale now, after I pretty much decided it wouldn't be worth the effort after they killed off the last of the characters I gave a damn about: Shane, Cal, and Chloe.

Edited at 2009-07-06 08:19 am (UTC)


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Mon, Jul. 6th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)

Thanks. :D

I knew Shane wasn't going to make it over the long haul, but I still really hated to see him go. It was great to actually have a character who made a good case for being a bad guy, yet you know wasn't, and who was very sympathetic and likeable in his own way, even if he was also a serious jackass in other ways.

I boo hooed over losing Cal and Chloe though. I had actually convinced myself they wouldn't have let Cal survive the gunshot wound unless they were going to let them make it through, so it kinda broke my little heart to see them take the plunge, so to speak.


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