The Only Murders in the Building season 3 ending twist, including the new murder victim, gets addressed by executive producer John Hoffman.
Warning: Spoilers for Only Murders in the Building season 3, episode 10
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- Executive producer John Hoffman discusses the twist ending of Only Murders in the Building season 3, including the new murder victim, Sazz.
- Hoffman keeps the possibility of Sazz being alive open, saying “You can do whatever you want with that theory.”
- Choosing Sazz as the murder victim adds a personal connection and excites Hoffman with new elements to explore within the show’s setup.
Executive producer John Hoffman addresses the Only Murders in the Building season 3 ending twist, including the new murder victim. The latest season of Hulu’s hit murder mystery series follows Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) as they solve the murder of actor Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd) who died on the opening night of a Broadway play. As usual, the new season kept audiences guessing throughout and the season 3 finale revealed the killer – and set up another murder for the next season to solve.
Shortly after the finale aired, Hoffman commented on the Only Murders in the Building season 3 ending in an interview with TV Line. The executive producer addressed whether Sazz (Jane Lynch), Charles’s stunt double, is definitively dead, saying, “You can do whatever you want with that theory. I enjoy keeping myself, and keeping ourselves, open to lots of possibilities. ” When asked whether the bullet was actually meant for Charles, he responded, “I mean, it’s Charles’ apartment. The lights were off…” Hoffman also elaborated on why Sazz was chosen to be the new murder victim. Read his full comments below:
That’s one of the reasons why we did it. We hadn’t done a beloved [murder victim] before. It’s always hugely helpful to have a personal connection. It drives you, it creates a lot of feelings, and it ties the trio [into our mystery] in ways that feel completely different. But we also hadn’t done the thing where — I don’t want to say too much — but there were certain things we hadn’t done yet within this setup, and that excited me. It ticked the boxes of the personal, the sad, and of someone surprising, and the audience will feel something. Perhaps they’ll hate us!
I was a little assured when I proposed this idea to Jane Lynch and she lit up. She was like, “I love it,” because she knows the show, and she knows we spend a lot of time with our victims, and I can’t wait to do that [with Sazz]. The character that Jane created is so genius. I want to see and learn more about what her life was like, and what was going on in her life as our trio investigate, but I can’t say too much more than that.
What The Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Ending Means For Season 4
In keeping with the show’s format, the season 3 finale revealed the killer and set up another murder for Charles, Mabel, and Oliver to solve in Only Murders in the Building season 4, which was renewed by Hulu shortly after the season 3 finale. In the episode, it is revealed that it is not the play’s producer Donna (Linda Emond), but her clingy son and co-producer Cliff (Wesley Taylor) who pushes Ben down the elevator shaft. At the play’s after-party, Sazz shows up to visit Charles and is shot by an unknown assailant.
Whether or not the bullet was actually meant for Charles, Sazz is the new murder victim for season 4. This continues the show’s trend of revealing the next murder victim during the season finale, as the season 1 finale did for Bunny (Jayne Houdyshell) and the season 2 finale did for Ben. However, Sazz is a much different choice for the show since she had a much closer relationship with Charles, Mabel, and Oliver than past murder victims. How this affects the events of Only Murders in the Building season 4 remains to be seen.
Source: TV Line