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Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Affair 4.8: I Don't Believe It

This review of The Affair 4.8 will have a spoiler from the hour that upended the entire series - so, seriously, if you don't want to know that, don't read on.

I entitled this review "I Don't Believe It" because I find it hard to believe that Alison is dead.  But for her not to be dead, the only thing I can think of was that Noah was lying when he identified her in the morgue.  And we've seen no motivation for him to do that.  So, although there is a slim possibility that we'll discover what that motivation is, I can't hold out much hope it.  (His crying in the dinner in his own very brief segment would then be crying for what he did to Cole, if Noah was lying in the morgue and after.  But much as I'd like to believe that, it seems very unlikely.) (Nice call-back in that scene, by the way, of how Alison ad Noah first met, with the attractive waitress bantering with Noah.) (And great acting by Joshua Jackson and Dominic West throughout the hour - good to see the two of them riffing off each in other in so many scenes.)

But back to the matter at hand: I find it even harder to believe that Alison committed suicide.  This is certainly what Cole believes - that Alison wasn't a suicide. But if Alison didn't take her own life, who did?  I can think of three suspects - I'll list them in order of most likely, first -

  1. Alison's father.  We know the least about him, and his motive could be that Alison refused to give him her kidney.   He seemed shocked when he got the news that Alison was dead, but he could have been putting on an act.
  2. Ben.  He's a liar for sure.  But a killer?  We've seen no evidence of any violence in him on a level of murdering someone.  Possibly he could have flown into a rage in a scenario in which Alison refused to continue her relationship with him.  I wouldn't be stunned if he killed her.  But his denial to Cole and Noah was pretty convincing.
  3. My wife suggested Luisa.   She has a strong motive - Alison alive is getting in the way of both her relationship with Cole, and her getting documented on the strength of being Joanie's adoptive mother.  But ... of the three suspects, she seems the least likely to kill Alison.
So with three suspects, none of them terribly likely, maybe we should consider the logic of Alison's suicide.   She had her heart broken by Cole, Noah, and now Ben.  Plus, her father broke her heart in a different way.  That's a lot of heartbreak.  But ... sufficient for suicide, for leaving Joanie without her biological mother?

Tough call.  But I'm going to go with murder, at this point.

And see also The Affair 3.1: Sneak Preview Review ... The Affair 3.2: Sneak Preview Review: Right Minds ... The Affair 3.3: Who Attached Noah? ... The Affair 3.4: The Same Endings in Montauk ... The Affair 3.5: Blocked Love ... The Affair 3.6: The Wound ... The Affair 3.7: The White Shirt ... The Affair 3.8: The "Miserable Hero" ... The Affair 3.9: A Sliver of Clarity ... The Affair 3.10: Taking Paris

And see also The Affair 2.1: Advances ... The Affair 2.2: Loving a Writer ... The Affair 2.3: The Half-Wolf ... The Affair 2.4: Helen at Distraction ... The Affair 2.5: Golden Cole ... The Affair 2.6: The End (of Noah's Novel) ... The Affair 2.7: Stunner ... The Affair 2.8: The Reading, the Review, the Prize ...The Affair 2.9: Nameless Hurricane ... The Affair 2.10: Meets In Treatment ... The Affair 2.11: Alison and Cole in Business ... The Affair Season 2 Finale: No One's Fault

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