Cancellation slowly unraveled every twist in his season-long murder mystery over the past five weeks, with shocking revelations and red herrings galore. But as this Sunday’s finals approach (HBO, 9 / 8c), we still don’t have the answer to our most pressing question: Who killed Elena Alves?
Like any good mystery, Cancellation made us guess the identity of the killer every step of the way. (In fact, we even changed our mind a few times in the middle of the episode.) And when we go through the cast of characters, just about anyone could be the killer, with at least half a dozen solid suspects in to choose. of. So let’s put on our amateur sleuth hats and examine the evidence, shall we?
Read on as we break down each suspect and explore why we think they might have been the one swinging this hammer-carver – and why they might be innocent, too. Then it’s your turn: vote in our poll to find out who you think is the killer, then tap the comments to explain your theory and share any evidence we may have missed.
Grace’s cheating husband is the prime suspect in Elena’s death, and for good reason: he was having an affair with the victim, he was with her the night she died, and then he fled for several days after her death. . He’s always denied being the killer … but he’s also a lying liar who lies all the time, with new deceptions popping up every week. (For god’s sake, his own mother thinks he’s a callous monster.) Maybe we just don’t want to believe that Hugh Grant could do such a heinous act? But it would actually be appropriate if all the clues point to the right person all the time.
Okay, so it was quite incriminating that the missing murder weapon – that sculpting hammer – ended up in the violin case of Grace and Jonathan’s teenage son. But this show wouldn’t tip an early episode’s hand, would it? And the kid would have to be seriously psychotic not only to brutally murder his father’s mistress, but to convincingly cover him up and then let his father down for the crime? We are skeptical of this one.
The victim’s spouse is always the first place investigators look at, and Elena’s husband definitely has unresolved anger issues. Jonathan’s lawyers have been eager to point in his direction, and although police have said he had an alibi for the night Elena was killed, we still have our suspicions. Could it be that he found out about his wife’s affair and came out of his rage against her?
Grace’s ultra-rich dad is an unlikely murderer, but he’s been setting alarm bells in our heads for a few weeks now. He has made it clear that he will stop at nothing to protect his daughter and grandson. (Remember when he got super sinister with the dean of Henry’s school? “You haven’t met… ugliness yet.”) Plus, he’s an art collector, and Elena was an artist, so he may have known her before the crime. Perhaps he found out that Jonathan was cheating on his daughter and then decided to eliminate this threat, placing the crime on Jonathan and taking him out of Grace and Henry’s life for good?
Yes, it would be quite a twist for chic coat lover Grace herself to be revealed as the killer – especially since each episode depends on her shocked and bewildered reaction to each new revelation. But we’re still hooked on those weird flashes of her and Elena together… is it possible that she’s bewildered because she doesn’t remember killing Elena? That the two had some kind of history together, and that Grace went into a dissociative state and passed out after killing her? There are loads of images of her walking right by the scene of the crime, we’re just saying.
This one is a bit long, but hear us out. Grace’s lawyer friend was exceptionally involved in the case, and she was part of the same group of school moms as Grace and Elena. Jonathan also alluded to the fact that he has been unfaithful more than once. Could his other mistress have been (gasp!) Sylvia, and when she found out he was having a new affair, she withdrew her competition? She knows the law, so she would know how to cover her tracks. Moreover, everyone who watched American Horror Story: Asylum can confirm that Lily Rabe can get dark as hell.