Solely Murders within the Constructing’ Season 3: Who killed Ben? A suspect rundown

The brand new season of Solely Murders within the Constructing is lastly right here, and we’re hooked.

Season 2 of Hulu’s hit whodunnit ended with the gang wrapping up one murdery thriller and launching immediately into one other earlier than its last curtain. Within the season finale, Oliver (Martin Brief) was on the cusp of Broadway greatness with a brand new play, Loss of life Rattle — however then lead actor Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd) collapsed on stage and presumably died on opening night time.

In Season 3, Solely Murders within the Constructing picks up there, investigating this curious could-be homicide. But in addition, the sequence seems to be again on the tumultuous months main as much as a doubly lethal opening night time.

Episode 1, “The Present Should…” establishes that Ben is a film star who’s well-known for taking part in CoBro, a superhero zoologist that may flip into a large cobra. (Sure, it’s giving Ant-Man,) Seems that behind the scenes, Ben is a huge jerk who’s upset all of his castmates. Extra surprisingly, nonetheless, is the revelation that Ben didn’t truly die on stage as Season 2’s finale advised. Alive and nicely, Ben reveals as much as Loss of life Rattle‘s after-party, the place his near-death expertise spurs him to pour out apologies to the present’s solid and crew — alongside the best way spelling out some attainable motives for homicide.

After giving a bunch of backhanded apologies to his colleagues, Ben returns to his condominium, which simply so occurs to be the Arconia penthouse previously dwelling to Sting in Season 1 and Amy Schumer in Season 2. Shortly after, Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver, and Charles (Steve Martin) go away the celebration as nicely. Of their constructing’s elevator, the trio ponders Ben’s curious brush with demise. Then his corpse comes clattering by means of the elevator automotive’s ceiling.

And similar to that, there’s formally one other homicide within the constructing. There’s a killer on the unfastened, and the suspect is hiding amongst the Loss of life Rattle manufacturing — so says a pivotal clue within the second episode.

In “The Beat Goes On,” Mabel notices that clutched in Ben’s hand is without doubt one of the Loss of life Rattle-themed handkerchiefs he’d greatestowed on the solid and crew as opening night time presents. She and Charles think about Ben grabbed the hanky from his attacker when he was pushed into the elevator shaft. To catch the killer, they have to decide who doesn’t have their hanky.

So, who killed Ben? Let’s have a look at this season’s suspects. 

Loretta Durkin

Meryl Streep as Loretta Durkin.
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Who: Loretta (Meryl Streep) is an actress in Oliver’s play, solid within the position of the nanny. She’s been dreaming of being on Broadway since she was a bit of lady, fawning on the footlights. Nonetheless, her appearing profession’s been a long time of by no means scoring her huge break. Loss of life Rattle is lastly the shot she’s been coaching for her whole life — if Ben doesn’t mess it up.

Why: Loretta and Ben do not like one another. We don’t know why. However we are able to assume that Loretta is the girl Charles was referring to within the Season 2 finale when he scolds Ben forward of the present, “Be sensible. Avoid her.”

Within the Season 3 premiere, Ben pointedly leaves Loretta out of his apology parade, calling her a snake as a substitute.

Why do Ben and Loretta hate one another a lot? Did that hatred drive Loretta to kill Ben not as soon as however twice? She’s a main suspect, however she’s additionally an apparent suspect. I imply, she’s performed by Meryl Streep! So, Loretta may simply be a pink herring.

Donna and Cliff

An older woman wearing a black and white striped coat, and a young man wearing a green blazer.

Linda Emond as Donna and Wesley Taylor as Cliff.
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Who: Donna (Linda Emond) and Cliff (Wesley Taylor) are the play’s eccentric producers. They’re mom and son with a really, very unusual relationship — a Freudian case research, dare I say. Loss of life Rattle is Cliff’s first try at producing a play, however his overbearing mother is absolutely the one calling all of the pictures. 


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Why: Donna and Cliff might have tried to kill Ben out of anger. Ben doesn’t know Cliff’s identify and so dismissively calls him “boy” (harsh however hilarious). Plus, Ben has been a little bit of a diva about his dressing room, as he notes on the after-party.

It’s additionally attainable that Donna and Cliff killed Ben to drive up the play’s ticket gross sales. What may very well be higher promoting for a homicide thriller than a lead actor who’s a part of an actual homicide thriller himself? It’s extremely twisted however fully believable. 

Dickie Glenroy 

Three men stand during a meeting.

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Who: Dickie (Jeremy Shamos) is Ben’s brother and supervisor, and in response to Ben, he’s a bit sensitive across the subject of nepotism. It’s clear from their interactions that the pair have a strained relationship.

Why: Dickie is mainly Ben’s punching bag. Engaged on Loss of life Rattle paired with Ben’s normal brattiness might have pushed him over the sting — pun supposed. Murders are sometimes dedicated by individuals the victims are near, which makes Dickie a main suspect.


A cast sits at a table read.

Ashley Park as Kimber seated on the left.
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Who: Kimber (Pleasure Trip‘s Ashley Park) is the ingenue in Oliver’s play. From their first desk learn, there’s sparks — or at the least flirtations from Ben. Was their relationship romantic? Have been they only pals with advantages? Or was it a case of unrequited love? 

Why: The thriller shrouding the character of Ben and Kimber’s relationship poses an abundance of questions and hints at a attainable scornful scandal. Did a lover’s quarrel go too far? Ben apologized to Kimber for making every part “messy” between them, so it’s attainable that Kimber might have had just a few troubling methods up her sleeves. 


A young man wearing a plaid shirt laughs during a table read.

Gerald Caesar as Ty.
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Who: One other actor from Loss of life Rattle, Ty (Gerald Caesar) received on Ben’s dangerous facet by asking for the contact data of his private coach (the CoBro secret weapon). 

Why: Ben not solely received offended at Ty for asking for his coach’s data, however he additionally insinuated that Ty didn’t even have the funds for to afford his coach — a low blow from the CoBro. Was Ty envious of Ben? Was he over being bullied by him? Questions, questions, and never sufficient solutions. 


Two men and women sit in a funeral service.

Don Darryl Rivera as Bobo, seated on the left.
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Who: We don’t know a lot about Bobo (Don Darryl Rivera) past his being one other Loss of life Rattle solid member. That and — because the boastful film star makes clear on the after-party — Ben mentioned lots of “no-no’s to Bobo,” presumably rejecting his each concept or request. 

Why: The underdog is all the time a suspect. Bobo, like many suspects on this record, might have equally been pushed over the sting by Ben’s conduct and murdered him as a aid for everybody within the solid and himself. 


A young man wearing a white sweater laughs while sitting in a living room.

Jason Veasey as Jonathan in Season 2.
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Who: Jonathan (Jason Veasey) is Ben’s understudy, a resident of the Arconia, and the companion of Howard (Michael Cyril Creighton). In Season 2, we received to see Jonathan and Howard falling in love. However in Season 3, this studly songbird is a prime suspect in Ben’s homicide.

Why: As Ben’s understudy, Jonathan’s motives may very well be that he had needed the highlight, and Ben was fairly clear on the after-party he had no intention of letting his understudy take his place. Though the revitalized Ben expressed that he’d “think about” giving Ben a shot sooner or later, it’s attainable that Jonathan acknowledged that the one means he’d get his Broadway debut was by homicide. 

It’s additionally attainable that Howard might have helped him obtain that dream. And as they’re each residents of the Arconia, it could be very straightforward for Jonathan — with or with out Howard — to sneak across the constructing with out being seen, as these secret passages from Season 2 made clear.


A man wearing glasses and a knitted sweater sits at a table read.

Michael Cyril Creighton as Howard.
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Who: Everyone knows and love Howard, the pleasant neighbor and avid lover of cats and cashmere. In Oliver’s play, Howard’s serving to out as an assistant. Not an assistant director, simply an assistant. Interval. 

Why: Howard clearly needs to be extra concerned with the play, and Ben’s selfishness might have been an impediment getting in his means. We additionally know that Howard initially auditioned for Loss of life Rattle, so perhaps he thought killing Ben would give him an opportunity within the highlight? 

Howard might have additionally killed Ben to assist his beloved beau, Jonathan, get the lead position. Are they companions in each crime and love?


A woman wearing glasses and a black jacket.

Allison Guinn as Ok.T.
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Who: Ok.T. (Allison Guinn) is Loss of life Rattle‘s stage supervisor. To this point, she appears to be the queen of being unbothered and staying in her lane. We additionally know that Ben accused her of stealing his mangoes, the one candy deal with he can have on the CoBro eating regimen. However on the celebration, Ok.T. reassured him that she knew the accusations had been popping out of affection — and Ben, nicely, Ben reminded her that they weren’t. 

Why: As a stage supervisor, Ok.T. has entry to the entire theater’s ins and outs. Secret hallways, hidden backdoors, and so forth. And such secrets and techniques proved essential to the case in Season 2!

It’s attainable that she knew the proper path to sleuth her means into Ben’s dressing room and again once more, making the primary try on Ben’s life fast and simple, earlier than sneaking into the Arconia later and ending the job. It’s additionally unusual that we don’t know what her initials stand for. What are you hiding, Ok.T.? Did the mango accusations push you to kill? 


A young man wearing a black hoodie holds up a film camera.

Jesse Williams as Tobert,
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Who: A proud Robert with a T, Tobert (Jesse Williams) is a documentarian filmmaker engaged on a film about Ben’s Broadway debut. We don’t know a lot about Tobert but, however he did point out in episode 1 that we gained’t be listening to from him once more; as a substitute, he’ll be silently ready within the wings, taking pictures his movie. It’s unusual for Solely Murders within the Constructing to solid an enormous identify in a silent position, which leads us to imagine that we’ll be listening to extra from Tobert quickly.

Why: Contemplating that Tobert must seize all of the footage main as much as Ben’s debut, it’s protected to imagine that he was spending lots of high quality time with Ben, in shut proximity, for a number of months. Ben’s angle, or extra pressingly, what Tobert might have came upon about Ben in these months, might have pushed the documentarian out from behind the digital camera and into motion.

If we wish to let the idea run wilder, perhaps Tobert thought a documentary in regards to the demise of the CoBro star can be means greater than the behind-the-scenes Broadway angle. Greed and a thirst for fame might need urged Tobert to plant some toxic seeds.


A woman and man wearing black suits eat popcorn at a funeral service.

Adrian Martinez as Gregg.
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Who: Whereas attending Ben’s funeral, Mabel and co. meet Gregg (Adrian Martinez), a crazed fan masquerading as Ben’s safety guard in hopes of discovering Ben’s killer.

When Mabel and Charles go to Gregg’s dwelling beneath the pretense of sharing details about the case, they rapidly understand that they’re coping with a stalker whose prime abilities embody: photoshopping footage of himself with Ben, stealing memorabilia from Ben’s units, and breaking into Ben’s dwelling to steal much more memorabilia —together with Ben’s Loss of life Rattle handkerchief.

Why: Positive, he held Mabel and Charles hostage. And, certain, he was seen leaving the Arconia minutes after Ben’s demise. However as Mabel astutely identified, Gregg was in search of Ben’s killer, a lot in order that he was prepared to commit a number of felonies to search out them. Gregg loves Ben, albeit a bit of an excessive amount of, however he clearly didn’t kill him if he was so hellbent on discovering out who did. Though the cops arrested Gregg and suspect he’s Ben’s killer, that seems like a cop-out (pun supposed).

Whereas this suspect record is stuffed with questions, there’s one factor for certain. The killer is hiding amongst them, and our golden trio can be on their tail!

Possibly everybody within the play was in on it? Possibly it was a one-woman present? Or perhaps it was a sibling squabble gone horribly unsuitable? A homicide within the constructing. An tried homicide within the theater. What is going to occur subsequent? 

Tips on how to watch: Season 3 of Solely Murders within the Constructing is now streaming on Hulu.