We Need to Talk About That ‘Only Murders’ Finale Twist (& We Don’t Mean the Surprise Killer)

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

HBO may have dominated headlines and social media over the weekend with the highly-anticipated release of its Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, on Sunday night. But that was then, and this is now—the day Hulu released the Only Murders in the Building season two finale. And we don’t want to talk about anything else.

We doubt you’d be reading this spoiler-filled piece if you were unfamiliar with the murder mystery series, but just in case you’re here because you’re one of those people who likes to read the last page of a book first, a quick summary: Three amateur detectives-slash-podcast-hosts (played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) are out to solve the murder of Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell) who was found stabbed to death (and in the arms of Gomez’s character) in the season one finale. Flash-forward to the last episode of season two, and we’ve got a twist-filled finale packed with A-list star power (even if Amy Schumer doesn’t reappear—wah, wah).

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Of course, this season ender gives us what we’ve been waiting for: a dramatic near-final scene where all of our suspects are brought together (à la Agatha Christie) for the big “whodunnit” reveal. After the penultimate installment left us with primary suspect Tina Fey, we were pretty confident she wouldn’t turn out to be the actual killer. After all, where’s the fun in knowing who did it a full week early? Our initial guess of Cara Delevingne’s not-so-nice artist is teased briefly during the overly-elaborate killer announcement. But alas, it’s not her either. In a fun turn of events, we get a Poppy-sized twist along with a very satisfying confession.

However, while this conclusion is both epic and electrifying, it’s not what has left us most shook—or excited. We’re of course talking about the final moment when Paul Rudd drops dead in the middle of a Broadway stage, leaving Gomez to utter one last f-bomb as she realizes what we all now know: Rudd has been murdered, Martin was the last one to see him alive and our team of rag-tag detectives are the only ones who can solve the crime…in season three.

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In a show known for its cliffhangers, this really is a great one. Not only is the appearance of Rudd a surprising (and welcome) one, but it sets up what is sure to be a thrilling next season.

Oh, and in case you were worried that was the last we’d see of Rudd, Variety confirmed today that he will be returning for season three (perhaps in a single-episode capacity similar to Houdyshell’s solo story in “The Last Day of Bunny Folger”?).

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According to series co-creator John Hoffman, “Paul Rudd, after making an auspicious entrance into the world of our show at the end of Season 2 as Ben Glenroy, is someone we clearly want to know more about and see in our upcoming Season 3—as he is a clear source of many upcoming questions and, as ever with our show, many twists yet to come!”

With Rudd on the roster, and what we can only assume will be return appearances by Fey, Jane Lynch, Nathan Lane and (hopefully) Amy Ryan, Only Murders in the Building season three really can’t get here soon enough.

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