Headscratchers: The Long Halloween

  • It's been awhile since I read The Long Halloween, but what are some hints that Gilda might be absolutely delusional?
    • This is coming from something I read online, but one of the major problems that some readers have with Gilda being Holiday is that it would have been very difficult for her to sneak out of the hospital and kill the Irish Gang on Thanksgiving. Shooting Johnny Viti is more believable, as it's a quick, painless death; even the murder of Milos, Falcone's bodyguard, would be relatively simple to pull off. But the hit on the Irish is a lot more complicated: it's five armed guys in a private hotel room, and Gilda was pretty badly injured by the bomb explosion on Halloween; note that on Christmas, she's still in a wheelchair. It wouldn't be completely impossible, but it certainly wouldn't be easy, either.
    • I always assumed that all three suspects committed at least some of the killings. One of them started the pattern, and the others followed it for their own killings.
    • A lot of the evidence points to Alberto, working under orders from his father, with Gilda and Harvey as viable, but still red herrings. As stated above, Gilda is at one point too injured to do one of the killings. Harvey committing the murders would detract from him finally snapping and becoming Two-Face, and getting his Ironic Echo about "couldn't have happened to a nicer guy." This will be debated for sure, but much of the evidence points to Alberto, who early on shows an interest in the family business, is dismissed by his dad so as to not be seen as a threat. The first half of the killings are all members of the Falcone crime family who failed The Roman in some way, by either selling him out or being inept. In the second half, it becomes the family's enemies, such as Maroni. The first killings serve two purposes: Clear house, and also destroy any suspicion that Falcone is secretly behind it all. Of course, the plan falls apart as the supervillains gain more power. Since the series uses so many Godfather allusions, Alberto is basically Michael (seen as out of the game, but the weapon striking at the family's enemies) hiding under the mask of Fredo's ineptitude.