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After treating us to Wes Anderson homages, Regency romances, and different pleasant style send-ups, The Afterparty’s second season has lastly revealed who killed tech mogul Edgar (Zach Woods) — and why.

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Because the Season 2 finale opens, the police plan to arrest Grace (Poppy Liu) for Edgar’s homicide. To them, she’s an apparent suspect, provided that her current marriage to Edgar permits her to learn financially from his dying. However Aniq (Sam Richardson) and Danner (Tiffany Haddish), who’ve been investigating previous to the police’s arrival, assume in any other case. In basic whodunnit trend, they sit all of the suspects down collectively for one final try and crack the case. After some last-minute realizations and extra key testimonies, they arrive to the conclusion that the killer is none aside from — spoiler incoming! — Ulysses (John Cho). On prime of that, they study that Edgar wasn’t even his supposed sufferer, and that his dying was an unlucky accident.

So how do Aniq and Danner clear up the thriller? And what could possibly be subsequent for a possible third season of The Afterparty? Let’s break it down.

Danner and Aniq flip to 1 final suspect: Zoë.

Zoë Chao in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

Whereas the police search Isabel’s (Elizabeth Perkins) mansion for proof, Aniq and Danner wrestle with the truth that they do not have a transparent concept of who killed Edgar. Their suspicions reluctantly flip to the one one that was absent from the afterparty: Zoë (Zoë Chao). Might she have been getting ready to kill Edgar whereas everybody else was within the library?

Zoë actually appears responsible when Aniq and Danner start questioning her, speaking about how she did not “imply to kill him.” Nonetheless, it seems that the “him” she’s referring to is Isabel’s historical canine Colonel, who attacked her whereas she was making an attempt to go away a replica of her maid of honor speech in Grace’s suitcase. The entire sequence performs out like a campy horror movie, ending with Zoë launching Colonel out the window to his dying.

Or so she thinks! Colonel is alive and properly, having bounced off of Isabel’s trampoline. That explains Edgar’s remark about seeing a “bounding hound of hell” on the afterparty. That is one tiny piece of the thriller solved, however there’s nonetheless rather more to uncover.

Edgar was by no means the true homicide goal in The Afterparty Season 2.

Zach Woods and Poppy Liu in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

With time operating out, Danner finds inspiration in Isabel’s concept that Edgar was initially making an attempt to homicide her. She believed he’d poisoned her piece of the marriage cake, so she switched their slices on the reception to verify his plot backfired. Whereas the timing on that concept would not fairly add up with Edgar’s time of dying, Danner realizes that there is a good likelihood Edgar was by no means the true goal of the Satan’s Trumpet poison. In spite of everything, the same change may have occurred on the afterparty, the place the company had been having fun with simply poisonable drinks.

All this time, everybody had been assuming Edgar was the homicide goal as a result of everybody had a motive to kill him. The one particular person with out a clear motive for wanting Edgar lifeless was Ulysses, however he actually had a motive to kill another person: his half-brother, Feng (Ken Jeong).

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Personally, I am not often a fan of homicide mysteries the place the sufferer is not the supposed goal, as a result of the reveal dangers feeling like an inexpensive “gotcha” relatively than a satisfying puzzle. Within the case of Ulysses, although, the clues have been planted all through. As we study within the latter half of the season, Ulysses had an intense, ballroom dance-fueled affair with Feng’s spouse Vivian (Vivian Wu). Even after Vivian ended the affair and selected to stick with Feng, Ulysses nonetheless beloved her. With Feng gone, he may step in to consolation and woo Vivian yet again. All he wanted to do was slip him some Satan’s Trumpet — a plant he acknowledged as toxic because of his many worldly travels.

How did Ulysses plan to kill Feng? And the way did he find yourself killing Edgar as an alternative?

John Cho in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

After he bought his arms on the Satan’s Trumpet from Hannah’s (Anna Konkle) eccentric backyard, Ulysses normal a tea in his ingesting horn, utilizing sizzling water from the obnoxiously lengthy bathe he took in Aniq and Zoë’s room. Then on the afterparty, he poured the tea into the whiskey he gave Feng as a peace providing.

Here is the place his plan went downhill. Feng set the glass down when he provided Edgar a style of his bao bing, however when he left, he picked up Edgar’s glass, leaving the poisoned glass behind. A video shot by Feng’s worker Kyler (Zack Calderon) confirms the change, catching Ulysses red-handed.

There are different clues to Ulysses’s guilt too: In his account of his marriage ceremony evening chat with Vivian, he tells her about making an attempt to get a paternity take a look at for Grace. Nonetheless in Vivian’s account, informed as an ’80s cleaning soap opera, she would not point out the take a look at in any respect, that means the take a look at was only a cowl for Ulysses tampering with the whiskey glass. Feng’s extraordinarily energetic habits the morning after the marriage additionally signifies he drank from Edgar’s glass, which had been laced with Adderall by Grace.

However maybe the largest clue of all is simply how related Ulysses is to Season 1’s assassin, Yasper (Ben Schwartz). Each distract Aniq and Danner with various sorts of showmanship: Yasper along with his musical bangers, and Ulysses along with his dance drama. Significantly, who can concentrate on a attainable homicide suspect when a rain-soaked Ulysses is dancing his coronary heart out to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”? Actually not me: Dance and “Careless Whisper” are my kryptonite.

The Afterparty Season 2 provides mainly everybody a cheerful ending.

Anna Konkle, Zoë Chao, and Sam Richardson in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

With Ulysses caught and Grace off the hook, The Afterparty units about wrapping up everybody’s tales. Grace indicators her prenup, which leaves most of Edgar’s fortune with Isabel whereas nonetheless giving her sufficient cash to assist Feng get his bao bing enterprise again on monitor. In the meantime, Travis (Paul Walter Hauser) suggestions off his “Reddit military” in regards to the crypto coin Bucephalus, the worth of which skyrockets after Sebastian (Jack Whitehall) sells it off in a “hearth sale.” Isabel fires him consequently, leaving him excessive and dry (though I am certain he’ll discover a new heist to take pleasure in).

Elsewhere, love is within the air. Grace and Hannah are lastly capable of pursue their relationship publicly, and Vivian and Feng’s marriage is stronger than ever. Additionally they give Aniq their blessing for him to suggest to Zoë, just for her to show round and suggest to him first!

Danner additionally solves her author’s block because of Aniq. He factors out how unusual it’s that she’d select to put in writing a e-book when her entire approach revolves round thoughts films. With that, it is off to Hollywood for Danner, the place one yr later she is directing a film about Xavier’s homicide. A jaw-dropping cameo-fest ensues as The Afterparty reveals the movie’s forged: Daniel Radcliffe is enjoying Xavier, Keke Palmer is enjoying Danner, Elijah Wooden is enjoying Yasper, Gemma Chan is enjoying Zoë, and Jaleel White is enjoying Aniq. Additionally, White and Danner are engaged. Completely satisfied endings for all! (Apart from Sebastian.)

What’s in retailer for The Afterparty Season 3?

Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

Whereas The Afterparty has but to be announce a Season 3 renewal, the reveal that Danner is capturing a film raises an thrilling new chance for the place a Season 3 homicide may happen. We have already seen afterparties for a highschool reunion and a marriage — what if Season 3 takes us to the afterparty of Danner’s film premiere?

Give it some thought: Zoë and Aniq would nonetheless be within the combine, together with Danner and a number of the different characters from Season 1. The Afterparty may additionally make Danner’s movie’s stars like Radcliffe and Palmer into suspects, permitting actors to play heightened or inaccurate variations of themselves, à la James Marsden in Jury Responsibility. That alone opens us as much as some wild mind-movie prospects. Would White’s internal monologue resemble an episode of Household Issues, or Wooden’s an epic fantasy movie (a style I desperately wish to see The Afterparty deal with) like Lord of the Rings? Or do they view themselves in completely totally different lights? This is only one route The Afterparty may take, however regardless of the present does subsequent, I am actually excited for a brand new thriller.

The Afterparty Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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