Spoiler Alert! Let's take a quick look at 5 important highlights - characters, twists, plot lines, etc. - of the second season that boast every chance of recurring in Season 3
Last Updated: 06.03 PM, Aug 06, 2023
We are only hours away from the debut of Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building as the bumbling, tad sloppy trio of Charles-Haden Savage, Oliver Putnam and Mabel Mora reluctantly reprise their roles. As usual, the previous season concluded with another There's Been a Murder moment that will unravel at its own pace in the upcoming ten episodes, with Savage, Putnam and Mora finding another opportunity to resume their podcasting duties. With new and exciting additions to the cast and a potentially bigger and more convoluted mystery waiting to be solved, Only Murders in the Building Season 3 promises to be a ride like no other.
But as you prep for Season 3, we feel it is important for us to recount Season 2 for you so as to keep that memory fresh and ready. Let's now take a quick look at 5 important highlights - characters, twists, plot lines, etc. - of the second season that boast every chance of recurring in Season 3. And SPOILER ALERT!
Putnam's glorious return is "up"staged
Season two's finale episode sees the trio organize a 'killer reveal party' with the help of a few key Arconians. A near-perfect stage is set, a sketch is performed and following a lot of ebbs and flows and thrill-a-minute plot development, it comes to light that Becky Butler (the abused assistant of Cinda Canning, played by Tina Fey) is the actual murderer of the Arconia president, Bunny Folger. Everything's hunky dory, everyone's happy.
Cut to a year later, Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) is back to his Broadway ways and has directed a play which stars popular Hollywood star Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd). Curtains open majestically and Glenroy presents himself to the packed crowd, only to drop on the stage face-first in the theatrical fashion. Except that, it's no theatre but reality, and before you know it, the crowd is gasping because, of course, There's Been a Murder.
"Stay away from her"
The countdown to the aforementioned Broadway play starts with Ben Glenroy throwing his weight around and warning director Oliver Putnam about this anger brimming up inside of him towards a certain "him". It is revealed in the next few beats that the "him" is none other than Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin) who meets, almost confronts, Glenroy behind the curtains seconds before they open.
"Be smart. Stay away from her," says Savage
"Why? What are you gonna do?" replies Glenroy
"Ben, I know what you did," says Savage and recedes slowly in the darkness, leaving Glenroy pondering.
Moments later, having drawn a massive applause from the resplendent crowd, Ben Glenroy drop dead. Who is the "her" that Savage just referred to? What is it that Glenroy did that Savage subtly reminded him of? And is Savage going to be one of the suspects this time around?
Love is in the air!
Episode 10 of Season 2 also shows Charles-Haden Savage landing his long-lost Brazzos role in the reboot version. But more importantly, he musters enough courage to ask his makeup artist/friend Joy out on a date. In the same vein, Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Alice Banks (Cara Delevingne) resume their relationship following a hurdle and the two certainly look happy with the new status quo. So, in short, could we expect Joy and Alice to shake things up a little in Season 3?
Another rather startling revelation in Season 2 comes in the form of a DNA test that Oliver Putnam orders. Will, his son, turns out to be part Greek, meaning that he isn't Oliver's son but Teddy Dimas' (the ever-amazing Nathan Lane)! We see a flashback, of sorts, to confirm the same but following a scuffle, both Putnam and Dimas call it a truce (bizarrely) and swear to never let Will the truth. Will, too, much to our delight, refuses to learn the truth and gladly accepts Oliver as his one and only father.
Could this intriguing dynamic featuring Oliver, Teddy Dimas and Will be further explored in Season 3? Can Putnam let go of what Dimas did without seeking any form of vengeance?
One thumb rule - 'Don't trust Cinda'
It was a bit of relief to learn in the finale of Season 2 that the much-deplored and suspected Cinda Canning was not the murderer. After all, nothing's more boring than finding out that the most obvious pick is picked out as the killer. But does that mean Cinda is a saint? Not by any means and one must certainly look forward to her return in Season 3 to settle some random score and also steal the limelight back from the OMITB gang.