Warning: Only Murders In The Building spoilers ahead. If you haven’t finished season 2 or started season 3, proceed with caution!
Only Murders In The Building returns to Hulu with its third season to answer the new big mystery: Who killed Ben? Although Ben (played by Paul Rudd) had supposedly died on stage on opening night, it is quickly revealed that Ben had survived a potential poisoning on stage only to be killed later that same night at the Arconia.
Ben is not necessarily a nice guy, showing himself to rudely address most of his castmates, producers, and managers early on. So there is an array of suspects already regarding who could be the culprit. Did Ben’s behavior send one of his coworkers over the edge?
Only Murders In The Building’s season three premiere keeps the whimsical charm of the previous two seasons as Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez’s chemistry and charisma are just as bright and fun as ever. The trio remains to bring life and heart to the show in a season that suggests a more serious set of storylines.
While murder is a serious plot line, the trio of podcasters still bring plenty of life, comedy, and enjoyment through their work. This time, the more serious storylines are affecting them as characters, which means season three may be teasing more development for each of them.
Mabel’s time at The Arconia is coming to an end as she finishes updating the apartment and revealing that her aunt had sold it. As she is no longer capable of living at the expensive apartment complex, Mabel must move out.
Though, her story does not just surround an uncertainty about where she will live, the season premiere highlights that Mabel is really just lost. She does not have a job or a place to live, and she feels left out of her friendship with Charles and Oliver, who had been so busy working on their play.
Mabel, not knowing how to make her next move, is on the edge of thirty and is a relatable and realistic character in the series. Having Mabel go through the struggle of not quite knowing where she fits in or where her life is going is a storyline with plenty of substance attached to it.
Meanwhile, Oliver is facing health issues that could impact his involvement in a newly thought-out version of “Death Rattle” and the next season of the podcast, especially as taking on two projects is not taking it easy to avoid stress.
Academy Award winner-Meryl Streep’s debut in Only Murders In The Building is a charming and ecstatic blast, as she takes on Loretta, a woman who still manages to have excitement and hope about a career in acting after going on years’ worth of failed auditions. Never quite managing to break into the business, Loretta keeps up her excitement about the project even if her work at table reads does not inspire confidence.
Season three’s decision to jump back and forth through time leading up to Ben’s murder, and the aftermath of his death, allow the audience to follow the development while questioning how the character relationships came to be, including some suspicious behavior from various characters.
As season three continues, truths will unravel about what led up to Ben’s death and how Charles, Oliver, and Mabel will end up figuring out the truth.
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