This article contains many, many spoilers for the glorious TV show that is Mare of Easttown. If you haven't watched the finale yet, go do it right now and meet us back here, you silly duffer.
On Monday night, Mare of Easttown served us up a double twist finale.
It was a finale so satisfying; it cemented the seven-episode mini-series as the best TV show of 2021, and one of the best TV shows of the past few years.
In the opening scene, Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) made it to the river just in time to stop John Ross (Joe Tippett) from killing his brother Billy (Robbie Tann), and then himself.
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We also found out through Chief Carter that the photo was of John Ross and his.... niece Erin in bed together.
After Mare sorted shit out at the river, John Ross was brought into the station for questioning. He admitted to sleeping with Erin, and being the father of her son DJ. He seemed almost too casual about it.
“We were both having a hard time,” he explained. “She was having problems at home; things between me and Lor weren’t great. We could confide in each other in ways that we couldn’t confide in other people. I mean, we had this connection.”
He said Erin demanded that he meet her in the woods, she pressured him to pay for DJ's ear surgery and then threatened to kill herself. He tackled her, the gun went off, and then in the heat of the moment he shot her. Then he went back to hang out with his mates, and later he and Billy moved her body and staged the scene so it looked like one of the high school kids killed her.
He was charged and taken into custody, and then he asked Lori to raise the baby he had with their niece. Mare and Lori glared at each other in the lobby of the courtroom and it was clear they wouldn't be bonding over a pizza slice anytime soon.
Mare's mother Helen fell off the kitchen chair after one too many cocktails for some much needed lols, and then Mare and unnecessary but hot Guy Pearce attended Frank's wedding.
It seemed like things we're going to wrap up nicely for the people of Easttown, you know, apart from that whole pedophilic, incestuous, murder storyline - then the late Betty Carroll's husband Glenn called Mare to his house.
He said things had been going missing from his home. Most notably his gun. Which is the exact same make and model of the gun that killed Erin.
That's when the final twist was delivered. It was John Ross' son Ryan who killed Erin. He thought she was going to ruin his parent's marriage, so he lured her out into the woods to scare her and accidentally shot her. John and Lori and Billy concocted a plan to cover it up.