In the Dark: 6 shocking moments from the Season 1 finale

In The Dark -- "It's Always Been You" -- Pictured (L-R): Rich Sommer as Dean and Saycon Sengbloh as Jules -- Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
In The Dark -- "It's Always Been You" -- Pictured (L-R): Rich Sommer as Dean and Saycon Sengbloh as Jules -- Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

In the Dark delivers an intense, shocking, season finale and we’re breaking down the biggest surprises of the hour right here.

We’ve reached the finish line for season one of In the Dark, and I can’t express how happy I am that this show will return for a second season. The finale does an excellent job of wrapping up the central plots, but a few questions remain.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the most shocking moments of In the Dark’s final hour.

6. Jess and Felix steal Max’s money.

With Max out of the picture, his money is left unattended. I don’t know if we’ll see Max again. Weirdly, he’s vanished without proper resolution to his storyline. I imagine we’ll see him again in the future. For now, Felix and Jess track down the $100 grand he has stashed away from his money laundering.

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They’ll use it to save Guiding Hope. Nia’s chief goon spies Murphy’s pals snooping around the lake house. She tells him to back down, to let them take the money. Confused, he does as she says. If Nia wants Felix and Jess to steal her money, the reasoning behind it can’t be good, can it?

5. Jules is dead…?

After catching on to Dean’s trail, Jules is kidnapped and swiftly murdered by another one of Nia’s henchmen. I think. Honestly, this part of the episode makes the least sense. Jules deserved more closure than being left behind in a hotel room somewhere. I’m not 100% sure she’s even dead.

I assume so given her assailant injected her with a serum, or a drug (to make it look like an overdose?) and we don’t see her again. Speaking of Jules, we also don’t see Darnell again. Murphy visits him in prison at the episode’s beginning, and that’s all.

Now that Dean’s confession is out there, he should be getting out. It would have been nice to see that happen.

4. Dean did kill Tyson after all.

When In the Dark heavily hinted at Dean being the killer last week, I thought he might wind up being a red herring. He’s not. Dean killed Tyson bare-handed, brutally too, I might add. Watching a cop strangle a black teenager was unsettling. The real-life parallels made his actions all the more disgusting.

Dean attempts to dispose of Tyson’s body but – TYSON WAS STILL ALIVE. Dean shot him in addition to the strangulation. In the Dark went there with the police brutality.

To make matters worse, Dean was there the night Murphy found Tyson’s body. He was hovering nearby. That means when Murphy felt Tyson’s face. He was still alive.

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In The Dark — “It’s Always Been You” — Pictured: Perry Mattfeld as Murphy — Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

3. Murphy pulls off a bait-and-switch.

Murphy finally connects the dots between Dean and Tyson. First, she gets a call from a stressed out Jules asking questions about Dean’s whereabouts the night before. Then Murphy finds a matchbook from the cafe Dean had to use WiFi from earlier in the season. Finally, she and Dean go outside for a smoke. Dean is smoking a cigar. Murphy recognizes the scent as the smoke she smelled on Tyson when she found him in the alleyway.

Initially, it appeared Murphy could get past Dean killing her best friend. She has sex with him; she coddles and comforts him. Murphy tells him she understands why he did it – to protect Chloe.

When you think Murphy and Dean might get a sickening happily ever after, Murphy excuses herself to the bathroom and tells her phone to “stop recording.” Got ’em! Except Dean hears her phone and before she can escape out the window, he catches her.

2. Murphy and Dean get into a car crash.

In a bid to keep Murphy from doing anything with the recording, he kidnaps her and throws her in his car. Murphy doesn’t go down without a fight. She attempts to jump out of the moving vehicle, which instigates a physical battle between the two of them. Dean loses control of the car, and it careens over the side of a bridge, putting both of them in the hospital.

The last we see of Dean, he’s lying in a hospital bed, unable to move, potentially in a coma. Murphy is banged up herself, but not enough to deny herself the chance to tell Dean how good of a person Tyson was, and that the recording was sent to the cloud.

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In The Dark — “It’s Always Been You” — Pictured (L-R): Saycon Sengbloh as Jules and Rich Sommer as Dean — Photo: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

1. Nia has a new business proposition for Murphy.

You didn’t think the season would wrap up without a juicy tease for season two, did you? While resting in her hospital bed, Murphy gets a visit from Nia. With Max out of the picture, she needs a new money launderer.

Felix and Jess were allowed to take her money because she knew it would give her the leverage she needed to force Murphy into taking over Max’s job. Guiding Hope is the perfect place for her business to take up its operation.

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Odds & Ends

  • What’s going to happen to Chloe? Do we think Murphy will take her in or will her character be written off to live with a random relative?

The first season of In the Dark will be available to stream on Netflix soon! In the Dark will return for its second season next year on The CW.