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"Everyone in this town has a past. Not everyone has a future."
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Slasher is a Canadian television horror anthology series.

The show tells the stories of people being hunted down by masked killers, the identities of whom are unknown. As the people try to solve the mystery of who the killer is, dark secrets start to be unraveled, and trusting others becomes a challenge. Also, every season has a brand new story to tell, similar to American Horror Story.

Season one, The Executioner (2016), follows Sarah Bennett (Katie McGrath) who moves back to the town where her parents were murdered on the night of her birth, coinciding with a string of grisly murders done by a copycat killer, the titular "Executioner".

Season two, Guilty Party (2017), follows a group of camp counselors who return to the site of a murder committed by them, only to find the corpse they'd hidden has vanished, while a mysterious killer hunts them down one by one.

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Season three, Solstice (2019), follows a group of neighbors who are targeted by a mysterious killer, "The Druid", apparently seeking revenge on them for their complicity in not saving a murder victim the previous year.

Season four, Flesh & Blood (2021), follows a wealthy family gathering for a reunion on a secluded island, when a masked killer starts picking them off.

Season five, Ripper, follows Basil Garvey (Eric McCormack), a charismatic tycoon from the late 19th century as he oversees a killer stalking the mean streets, but instead of targeting the poor and downtrodden like Jack the Ripper, The Widow is meting out justice against the rich and powerful.

Slasher was originally produced by and for the Canadian network Super Channel, in association with the US cable channel Chiller, who both aired its first season in their respective countries. The series later moved to Netflix for its second and third seasons, and then streaming service Shudder for its fourth and fifth seasons.

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    The Entire Series 
  • Anyone Can Die: Anyone of the people who started off as a main or supporting character may die.
  • Asshole Victim: Given that it's a slasher series, one can expect at least a handful of victims to be deserving of their deaths. This trope is played entirely straight in The Executioner, deconstructed in Guilty Party, zig-zagged in Solstice, and had only a few aversions in Flesh & Blood.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Season 1 — The true Executioner, Cam, is dead. Sarah and Dylan have reconciled but sell the former's old house because of what transpired. Robin survived his stabbing from Cam and bids farewell to the couple. However, the ending shows Robin selling a house to a couple with a young daughter... and said daughter is a budding serial killer.
    • Season 2 — Peter pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Keira. Dawn also survives her injuries from the killer, Judith. A few months later, Keira and Dawn meet up at the police station, with the latter ready to admit her and the other counselors' role in Talvinder's death and blaming said death on Owen, thus giving closure to Talvinder's family. However, Judith has yet to be caught and watches from a distance with the ghost of her dead son. They decide to wait until Dawn is released to kill her.
    • Season 3 — Saadia and Dan survive the night. The Druid, who was Connor and Jen, are dead, and Wyatt is imprisoned. And before Jen's death, Saadia admits to having reposted the insensitive tweet her and Connor's mother made of Kit's murder. And needless to say, the whole ordeal has left both survivors scarred.
    • Season 4 — Liv survives the night, wins the inheritance, and is set to have a decent comfortable life with her unborn child free from the ties to her sociopathic predecessors. The Gentleman is dead, as well as Spencer Galloway, leaving no one to repeat this action directly. However, Liv's mother is dead, as is literally everyone else that was at the competition. And the ending is ambiguous enough to hint that Liv carries some psychological trauma from everything and may yet become a bit more like the Galloways than she would've liked.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: No character in any of the seasons are saints and have done reprehensible and morally questionable behavior. However, there are a few people who stand out as more amoral and disgusting.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted in The Executioner. Sarah's husband Dylan survives all the episodes and helps Sarah finally defeat the killer. Inverted in Guilty Party. Peter is the last of the main cast to die, and he dies by his own hand. Also inverted in Solstice. Connor and Jen turn out to be the killers, but they both die at the end. In Flesh & Blood, Jayden isn't the first one to be killed by the Gentleman, but he's the first death the rest of the family witnesses.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Season one had the Executioner. They are a serial killer that is extremely religious, wears a dark, personalized outfit and is something of a legend in the town. They kill people who can be blamed by one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the deaths they causes are based on the punishment for each of them in hell. His real identity, Cam, is Sarah's closest friend and supposed Love Interest in the show, who turns out to be a Psychopathic Manchild with no particular reason for the killings, except crazy fanaticism.
    • Season two had the parka wearing killer. Unlike the Executioner, they bother much less with the theatrics of death, only really interested in killing off the characters and getting rid of them in painful ways. They also do not have any unique nickname like the other killers and the only antagonist to get away with their crimes. Her real identity, Judith, turns out to be more pitiful than the main characters, who indirectly cause the death of her son and is taking personal revenge on them for it.
    • Season three had the Druid, which is much more violent and theatrical than the killers before them. They have a tendency to kill people in ironic ways just for the sake of offing them in the worst possible way for them. Unlike the previous two, they also actually bother with covering up some of their kills and hiding bodies, as the police is more active this time around and could track things back to them otherwise. Jen and Connor are the first killer to be two people working together, rather than alone, and they also have sympathetic reasons, in that they are avenging their mother's suicide and harassment from their neighbors. Compared to their predecessor, Wyatt, who only sought revenge on Kit and Noelle for petty reasons.
    • Season four has the Gentleman, who combines the Druid's theatrics and the Parka Killer's penchant for pain and lack of being a Copycat Killer. They kill people in vicious ways without bothering to try and cover up the evidence. In fact, this individual has a penchant for killing people in such a way that others inevitably will find the victim, just as a method to terrorize them. This, and the Gentleman seems rather content to sit back and let the backstabbing family tear itself apart in the stress. Her real identity is Dr. Trinh, who's the first killer who seems to die early on as a way of hiding. She's also the first one who was already a psychopathic serial murderer even before the season's events and was hired by Spencer for that very reason so that she would kill the "weak" family members.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Throughout the series, it's shown that at least one character's actions have led to create the killer.
    • Rachel and Bryan Ingram took advantage of Tom Winston's feelings for the former and blackmailed him. In response, Tom created the Executioner to take revenge on them, scarring Alan Henry in the process. Alan then became a priest and married Suzanne to cope with his trauma, who abuses their son, Cam. The abuse, combined with his father's religious teachings, pushes Cam to take up Tom's mantle as the new Executioner.
    • Talvinder Gill's bullying of the Camp Motega counselors provoked them to murder her and frame Owen Turnbull for it. As a result, Owen was falsely arrested and committed suicide, but not before messaging his mother, Judith Berry, about what happened. Judith became the Camp Motega killer and lured the counselors back to the camp by starting a commune there to take vengeance for what they did to her son.
    • Kit Jennings cheated with Noelle Samuels on her boyfriend, Wyatt. The latter became the Druid and killed Kit for stealing her away from him. Kit's death later spurned a viral hate tweet started by Saadia Jalalzai against Justine Rijkers, prompting her to commit suicide. Her death begins her children's Start of Darkness, driving them to take up the Druid's mantle and murder everyone involved.
    • While the Gentleman, A.K.A Persephone Trinh, was always a killer, she was hired by Spencer Galloway to murder his family since the death of his beloved wife Annette drove him to become ruthless. While also gathering information on the family members' secrets, the Gentleman had presumably found out that Spencer's second wife, Grace, murdered Annette for his money and told him, causing him to set up one last game for his inheritance to make Grace suffer for killing his wife.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: All over the place, really. There are almost no killings that aren't brutal in some way.
  • Dark Secret: A common theme present in all of the seasons is that all or most of the characters in each season have a secret of some kind, and absolutely none of the secrets are pleasant, with some outright painting the characters as worse than the serial killers that are hunting and killing them.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: This is a slasher series. Each season so far has the killer's identity hidden until the last few episodes, and it usually turns out to be one of the characters we've been following.
  • Final Girl: Every season is expected to have one. It's the name of the show, after all.
    • The Executioner: While Sarah is this, the creators made her to be more than the stereotypical final virgin survivor and be more Nancy Drew like.
    • Guilty Party: Dawn and Keira survive to the end of the season, although it's strongly implied that Judith will still attempt to kill Dawn in the near-ish future.
    • Solstice: Saadia. After Angel dies from killing the Druid, she manages to kill the accomplice, saving herself and Dan in the end of the season.
    • Flesh & Blood: Liv is the only survivor of the Galloway family.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Everyone has secrets and you can't expect to know everything about another person, even those closest to you.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Typical of the tradition of Slasher Movies, each season so far depicts the killer as wearing some form of disguise covering their face; the Executioner wears an executioner hood, the killer from Guilty Party protection gear, the Druid a black mask with blue neon features on top of it, and the Gentleman a simple white mask over a black ski mask.
  • Plot-Triggering Death:
    • Season 1 has the death of Sarah's parents, which was the Executioner's first crime and would lead into the whole story of the series.
    • Season 2 had the death of Talvinder Gill, whose body the main characters try to hide to get themselves rid of evidence. Then it's revealed there's a second one. Talvinder's death was pinned on a boy that would go on to kill himself in jail. The killer is really his mother avenging his death.
    • Season 3 had Kit Jennings. He was a member of the building that was often causing trouble by consuming a lot of drugs, having orgies, having sex in public and cheating on his partners and was killed well in the view of everyone in the building, and the murders start on the anniversary of his death, with the Druid's motive presumably being to tie up loose ends. This, however, turns out to be a bit of a Red Herring. Jen and Connor's mother, Justine, made a tweet talking trash about Kit after he died. When the post went viral and the harassment affected her and her family greatly, Justine killed herself, again, to the view of everyone in the building. The killers are avenging her and have little to no connection to Kit. However, his death still triggered the Disaster Dominoes that triggered the season's events, so his death still applies as this.
    • Season 4 had Annette Galloway. By her own admission, she was The Heart of her family. It was she who kept the family together, kept the business running efficiently, and kept her husband's darker side, of which she was fully aware, in check. As she lay ridden with cancer, she feared that her death would cause the family to spiral downwards out of control without her. She was right. After her death, which was actually a murder at Grace's hands, the family spiraled downwards into total insanity, something clear from the very first episode.
  • Recurring Element: The killer's identity is always revealed to the viewer in the penultimate episode each season. The final episode has the characters figuring out said identity and playing up the Dramatic Irony that several characters are interacting with the killer while happily oblivious.
  • Slasher Movie: It's in the title. One of the few TV series based on the genre, and one of even fewer examples that doesn't focus on teenagers.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Every killer except the second one.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A lot of bad decisions and deaths are based on this. Season 2, in particular, is prone for having the characters constantly finding excuses to go outside alone when they know a killer is out to get them.
  • Violence Is Disturbing: Even when the kills are against Asshole Victims, the violence brought from the kills to the characters never ceases to be extremely disturbing to see.
  • World of Jerkass: As it's typical of the slasher genre, the wide majority of the characters in each season either start out as horrible people or turn out to be so later on as more is learnt about them. And they manage to get worse with every season.

    Season One: The Executioner 
  • Bookends: Two ways: The season begins and ends with Sarah and Dylan hearing something on the radio and voicing their snarky tone about how they need a new radio. The second way is a lot darker: First episode shows the murder of Sarah's parents at the hands of Tom Winston, the eighth episode shows the murder (or in this case execution) of Cam at Sarah's hands for how he killed people based on his judgement, including her grandmother and his father.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Sarah goes full in with this once she has the Executioner, her childhood friend Cam, at her mercy. She stabs him with his own enormous knife multiple times throughout his torso, before slashing his throat to finish him off, all while he's begging her not to kill him.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: Tom Winston is the one who murdered Sarah's parents in 1988 and advises Sarah on the new Executioner's murders in the present day.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Aside from a double murder thirty years prior, Waterbury is by all appearances an idyllic little town, but as the season progresses, it becomes apparent that the place is Fucked. Up. To wit...
    • Back in The '60s Brenda Merritt tried to kill a romantic rival and ended up turning her best friend into a vegetable.
    • Back in The '80s Sarah's parents were running a pornography/extortion racket.
    • Also around that same time Verna McBride killed her husband and hid the body in the woods.
    • A whole family is forced off their land by a greedy developer and die squatting.
    • The chief of police kidnapped a teenage girl and kept her as a sex slave in his basement for 5 years.
    • The publisher of the local newspaper manufactures evidence against the father of a missing teen, which leads him to kill himself.
    • Someone donning Tom Winston's Executioner outfit starts a murder spree, violently killing people in accordance with sins. Said someone is Cam Henry, one of the town's own police officers.
  • Dark Secret:
    • The Executioner is killing people based on hidden sins they committed, which caused pain to others, including killing, manipulation, raping, kidnapping, captivity, etc.
    • Victims aside, part of the point made is that everyone has one of these. Dylan met Sarah with the intention of investigating the original Executioner, the priest is into hardcore BDSM and is a client of a Dominatrix.
  • Death by Pragmatism: After the Executioner stalked Sarah inside her own house, Brenda wisely insists they leave the house and town as soon as possible and is later revealed to have brought a gun in case the killer would follow. She is, of course, dead by the end of the third episode.
  • Death by Woman Scorned:
    • Implied with Verna McBride, who most likely killed her husband for cheating on her with Rachel Ingram. This gets her targeted by the Executioner for her sin of wrath.
    • Inverted with Tom Winston. He was in love with Rachel Ingram and committed infidelity with her to convince her to give up her and her husband's porn extortion scams. However, Rachel and Bryan reveal they took advantage of it to blackmail him into leaving their crimes alone. Heartbroken, Tom did not take it well and murdered them both for playing with his heart and to cover up his job as priest.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Most of the Executioner's victims will have the episode focus on them before their deaths.
  • Deus ex Machina: Sarah looking through some photos from camp, pausing to examine the photo of Cam and finding out Cam's drawing was the same as the ones the killer drew, and figuring out he's the killer just as he had all but gotten away with it and managed to pin it on Dylan and get him arrested would certainly qualify.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Some of the victims truly deserve their deaths, but most of them really don't deserve to die so horribly.
    • The first victim is punished for the sin of wrath by being dismembered alive. This person is Verna McBride, and she's killed because (it's at least theorized) she discovered her husband Peter was cheating on her and killed him in a fit of rage. While that's no excuse to murder due to her overreacting to it herself, being cheated on is something that most people would be rightfully angry about.
    • The victim for sloth is thrown into a pit of snakes, and the second sloth victim is paralyzed so that to be Eaten Alive by animals. These people are Trent McBride and June Henry respectively. Their sin was not helping Ariel Peterson when they saw her on the side of the road the night she disappeared. While leaving a drunk teen on the side of the road is a bit of a dick move, they did at least stop to give her some tips on how to handle the alcohol and made sure that she was mobile enough that she could make it home. The cruel deaths they suffered were far worse than they really deserved. Ironically, Nancy Vaughn is arguably worse than Trent and June, since she was an Accomplice by Inaction for her husband's sin, yet she is never targeted.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • The only characters in the whole series thus far who really got a happy ending through their struggles are Ariel and Heather Peterson. After five years of being a captive sex slave, Ariel survives and reunites with her mother, along with the son she genuinely loves. Heather was driven to insanity by Ariel's disappearance and the subsequent suicide of her husband after Allison forged evidence against him, but ultimately finds a light in the darkness when she's brought to Ariel. This family is the only one in the season, and the series, that has received anything close to a happy ending.
    • Downplayed with Sarah and Dylan. Despite all they've been through, they both survive and reconcile, ending the season ready to start a new life. It feels more bittersweet than the previous example because Sarah has lost the rest of her family and has personally killed the Executioner, but at least she finally seems at peace with her past.
  • Enfant Terrible: In the final scene of the season, Robin is showing the house to potential new buyers. Their angelic looking daughter snaps a cat's neck before coming back into the house and saying she thinks it's perfect. Maybe the house is cursed after all...
  • Finger in the Mail: Sarah receives an actual finger in the mail from the Executioner, belonging to Verna McBride, his first victim.
  • Frame-Up: By the end of the season, Dylan is framed as the Executioner by the real culprit. Sarah eventually figures out the truth, however.
  • The Game Never Stopped: After episode 7, even when all of the seven sinners have died, there's still one episode left, and Sarah is confident that the Executioner isn't done even though they left the costume out in the open at the end of the episode. She's right.
  • Hollywood Old: Assuming that the events take place in 2016, Sarah is supposed to be 28 years old, but her grandmother Brenda (who should be around 65) is played by an actress who would be more convincing as her mother (who is already dead within the show's storyline) or aunt, as Wendy Crewson was barely 60 while filming and she looked even younger.
  • Home Porn Movie: Sarah discovers a home-filmed porn movie in the basement featuring her dead mother and a man from the neighborhood whose jealous wife killed him over the affair. It later turns out that her parents were part of a major underground porn operation in the town and were using the tapes to extort various people. This included the original Executioner, who is Sarah's real father.
  • Irony: Pride and envy are classically seen as the worst among the deadly sins, while lust is considered the most forgivable one. Tom and Brenda are the only two victims who manage to obtain some measure of redemption and sympathy with their deaths, while Vaughn stands out as the greatest Asshole Victim of the season, and possibly of the series.
  • Jack the Ripoff: The Serial Killer is replicating the work of an imprisoned murderer by dressing like him as a medieval-style executioner and killing "sinners".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Some characters didn't profit from their sins and had in fact a miserable outcome to deal with before their deaths.
    • Tom Winston didn't find satisfaction in killing Sarah's parents and never had a chance to connect with his daughter for years.
    • Verna McBride killed her husband only to live the rest of her life as a lonely, spiteful woman.
    • Brenda's attempted murder of her romantic rival resulted in her best friend being hospitalized for life instead and her never getting the man she longed for. When she meets him again after years, she's disgusted by him and brushes him off.
    • Trent and June didn't pick up a drunk Ariel off the side of the road and ended up with a strained relationship despite their previous swing.
  • Luke, You Are My Father:
    • It turns out that Sarah's real father is Tom Winston, the man responsible for killing her parents, since he had an affair with her mother Rachel. He already knew, but she figured it out on her own before confronting him with this information.
    • It also turns out that the mayor of Waterbury is Sarah's biological grandfather. It only factors into the story when she needs leverage to get him to pressure Vaughn.
  • Police Are Useless: Cam Henry, Iain Vaughn, and Shrama are the prominent members of the police force. There are just a few problems with two of them.
    • Cam supposedly goes to try and save the victims, when he's secretly the one killing them.
    • Vaughn is one of the seven sinners, and when his Death In The Limelight appeared, this time he's actively becomes a villain, attempting to kill and hinder several characters, including a heroin addict with the revelation of his rape of Ariel.
  • Self-Defense Ruse: Dylan holds the killer, Cam, down while Sarah stabs him multiple times in the stomach and across the body while he's begging her not to kill him. She then slashes his throat and escapes any punishment because she claims it was self-defense... despite his many injuries that contradicted this.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Each seven (now eight) of the Executioner's victims are targeted because their past actions are representative of one of the seven sins, and they are killed in the applicable manner laid out by Dante:
    • Wrath: Dismemberment. Victim and death: Verna McBride - tied to her bed, hands and feet cut off. Reason: She killed her husband on finding out he had slept with Rachel Ingram.
    • Gluttony: Force-fed rats, snakes and toads. Victim and death: Justin Faysal - secretly fed rat poison. Reason: He forced a family off their land so he could buy it and build a luxury house there. The family later squatted in an abandoned house and suffocated on the fumes of the propane heater they were using to keep warm.
    • Envy: Drowned in ice-cold water. Victim and death: Brenda Merritt - tied to breeze blocks and dropped into the lake to drown. Reason: attempting to hurt or kill the girlfriend of her lover back in The '60s, and accidentally putting her best friend in a coma.
    • Sloth: Thrown into a pit of snakes. Victim and death: Trent McBride and June Henry - chased into a pit, left there with snakes, including the Eastern Brown Snake, second most venomous snake on Earth (Trent); drugged and left in a field covered in honey, luring mice to be Eaten Alive (June). Reason: left Ariel Peterson wandering the streets drunk on the night she disappeared, because they were clocking off and didn't want the extra work.
      • Subverted with Nancy Vaughn: She knew that her husband is holding Ariel hostage and did nothing to rescue her and her Child by Rape. However, she later atoned for her sin by helping the police arrest Iain and is able to reunite Ariel with her mother.
    • Greed: Boiled in oil. Victim and death: Allison Sutherland - head cut off and deep-fried at the local diner. Reason: fabricated evidence in the Ariel Peterson case to keep her paper going, but which lead to the suicide of Ariel's father, Benny.
    • Lust: Covered in fire and brimstone. Victim and death: Iain Vaughn - burned alive in a crematorium. Reason: raped and kidnapped Ariel Peterson and held her captive for five years, even fathering a son with her.
    • Pride: Broken on the wheel. Victim and death: Tom Winston - offered himself to fall on a saw blade instead of Sarah. Reason: killed Sarah's parents because they tricked him, a priest, into being videotaped having sex with Rachel. They used the tape to blackmail him into allowing their pornography operation to continue.
      • Averted however with Sarah: She was also intended to be killed as the sin of Pride due to her failed attempt at suicide, but Tom's offer changed this and caused the Executioner to spare her.
  • Stealth Pun: While Tom Winston is explaining the sin of Pride (which is also known as hybrisnote ), the scene cuts to Trent sewing together the skins of different animals he has hunted — in other words, he's making a hybrid.
  • This Is Reality: When Sarah tries to convince the Chief to take the new Executioner seriously, he brushes her off by saying that "real life isn't a mystery novel".
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: For the first part of the season finale, Cam and Sarah become this despite Sarah still married to Dylan. Then again, Dylan was just arrested for being the Executioner. Then again, Dylan's not the killer, Cam is.
  • Wham Shot: Episode 5 "Ill Gotten Gains": Police Chief Vaughn gets home unlocks a door, revealing not only has he been keeping Ariel captive for 5 years, but he has a son with her.

    Season Two: Guilty Party 
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of the season, Judith has pretty much succeeded at what she intended to do, having killed all the counselors but Dawn (who it's heavily implied she does intend to kill in the future) and got away scott-free. Admittedly, most of her victims were deserving, but that's hardly any consolation.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As Talvinder herself points out to her bullied victims: Susan dated another woman in secret, then outed and shamed her until she committed suicide; Dawn slept with stepfather to spite her mother; Alex was willing to cheat on Andi; and Andi is a drug dealer (and eventual murderer). Noah didn't initially have any dirty secret but turns out to be willing to rape Talvinder out of spite. They are all also willing to frame someone else for her murder.
  • Break the Haughty: Most of the characters start as a confident person, but as the killings start, they begin to lose their cool.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The gun that Dawn brought with her is fired something like twenty times. Canadian gun laws set the maximum magazine size on handguns fairly low, and the gun changes hands many times without ever being reloaded.
  • Chainsaw Good: Gene's death in episode one.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Renée subjects Glenn/Benny to this, with a boxcutter.
  • Cult: The "We Live As One" Commune is compared to a cult by more than one person. But they don't appear to be up to anything bad.
  • Deadly Prank: Played With. At first, it turns out that Talvinder will just get pranked, but then the scene cut to her beaten up and covered in blood... Since episode 1, this is the event that orchestrate the killings in the season.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Talvinder was surely a Manipulative Bitch with a horrible personality and if the other counselors had called off the prank in time, she would have deserved it. However, she didn't deserve being sexually assaulted by Noah, nor being beaten up and left to die, not to mention that her murderers were already morally questionable or outright despicable before she provoked them as well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite their utter ruthlessness when they killed Talvinder, the counselors were horrified when Noah tried to rape her out of spite.
  • Foreshadowing: Dawn jokes that one of the campers she's teaching archery reminds her of Jason Voorhees. The killer's motive is revealed to be reminiscent to that of Mrs. Voorhees. Judith's son, a disliked counselor named Owen, hangs himself in prison when he's accused of being responsible for Talvinder's disappearance, and Judith believes he's talking to her and pushing her to kill those responsible for their deaths.
  • He Knows Too Much: Implied to be the reason the killer murders some of the commune members; Renée, in particular, had discovered in the counselors' files that Owen was Judith's son.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Toward the middle of the season, an alpinist named Megan looking for shelter passes by, and, despite shaky beginnings, agrees to help the protagonists escape the house once the situation got explained to her. She is poisoned and dies before she can do so.
    • The last episode has Gene's girlfriend Janice showing up with a snowmobile and agreeing to take Dawn to safety. Judith promptly catches up and fatally shoots both of them, though Dawn manages to survive.
    • The ending has both Keira and Dawn get out alive, only to reveal Judith still is following and is planning to kill Dawn once she gets out of jail.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Glenn vomits when he realizes that the meat he's eating was taken from Antoine's body.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Antoine and Renée respectively are gay and lesbian, but there was enough chemistry between them that they loved each other and married.
  • Incest Subtext: While nothing explicit was shown between Judith and her son Owen, Judith developed a split personality/imaginary lover named Wren, which was Owen's nickname and has his likeness.
  • Karmic Rape: Noah being raped by Glenn is at first portrayed as horrifying and sympathetic... then the next episode reveals that he attempted to do the same with Talvinder in a fit of rage.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Lampshaded in the final episode, when Peter, being confronted by the killer, points out the various people they gruesomely murdered had absolutely nothing to do with Owen's death.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The first episode starts with the group of counselors driving to the wilderness having fun, and there is quite a Mood Whiplash, when they suddenly turn on one of them. The last episode starts with the same scenes but adds brief shots showing how the others were faking their joy.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Through episode 5 of Glenn's flashbacks.
  • Red Herring: Throughout the season, it was assumed that the killer was trying to punish the counselors for the death of Talvinder. It turns out that she is actually trying to avenge her son who they framed for Talvinder's murder.
  • Sadistic Choice: The killer, Judith, offers one to Peter, forcing him to choose between committing suicide to atone for what the counselors did, or get away scot-free at the cost of Keira's life. He chooses the first option, allowing Keira to escape alive.
  • Sauna of Death: Played With. Poor Gene only died in one, but the weapon is different...
  • Shirtless Scene: Wren, Noah, and Glenn all get respectively shirtless in episodes 1, 3, and 4.
  • Shown Their Work: The physical results of Noah's rape, while not overtly shown, are disturbingly realistic.
  • Slashed Throat: Andi at the end of episode 1, by the killer, and Glenn in episode 5, by Renée.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Megan, in episode 4, is killed by white baneberry berries hidden in her soup.
  • This Is a Drill: Antoine is killed by an auger, in episode 3.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: The Interrogated for Nothing variant. Renée, still thirsty for revenge after Antoine's murder, proceeds to viciously torture Glenn/Benny in an effort to make him confess. Benny, despite his own crime, isn't the actual killer, and all Renée's torture accomplishes is extracting a fake confession from him to make the pain stop, but then she kills him anyway.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Glenn at the beginning of episode 4 and Megan just after she got poisoned.

    Season Three: Solstice 
  • Action Survivor: Saadia, Angel, and Dan. Angel and Dan take on and kill Connor, one of the two Druid killers, at the cost of Angel's life. Saadia is able to escape the chair that Jen had tied her to, and later is able to take several knife slashes and a stab wound to her shoulder, and still manages to kill Jen.
  • Arc Words: "Too good", which is said to Saadia all the time.
  • Asshole Victim: Played straight by numerous victims but deconstructed by Saadia when she says to Jen that people being assholes is not a reason to murder them. She even says that them being involved in the harassment that drove her mother to suicide doesn't make killing them right. She even calls them innocent people, because as bad as they were, most of them weren't so bad as to be actual murderers like Jen and Connor are.
  • Bookends: Saadia's Establishing Character Moment is her leaving for school when she encounters the local racist Dan drunkenly struggling to unlock the wrong door, and she chooses to help him when she doesn't need to, nor would anyone blame her if she chose not to, and against her parent's teachings. She ends up doing the same thing in the last episode, choosing to come to Dan's rescue against the Druid (Jen), when she could have escaped and ensured her own survival, as her parents would have done.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The season rips apart this trope and spends its time ripping into people not getting involved in situations like it, but also showing that when people do get involved, it can and often leads to far worse situations This is what prompts Jen and Connor to take on the persona of the Druid and kill the residents of the buildings for their involvement before and after their mother's suicide. Saadia's parents even enforced this on her, much to her disgust, especially since a flashback shows that they deliberately didn't allow her to save Kit from the Druid when he was begging for help.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Jen and Connor call their stepmother Amber by her name, as is not unheard of in real life stepparent-stepchild relationships.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Saadia remembers the smell of burning bodies from what happened to her back in the Middle East. She recognizes the very same scent as Connor is burning the bodies of their victims as it seeps through the ventilation shafts.
  • Commonality Connection: Dan and Angel end up bonding over the fact that, for all that they are complete opposites in every way, they are both deeply disappointed in the world and in themselves.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Pretty much the Druid's M.O. This season has some of the most graphic deaths in the entire show. Examples include:
    • Cassidy is killed by having her face repeatedly dipped in acid until she dies from that melting.
    • Xander has a broken glass coffee bean dispenser shoved in his mouth and boiling water poured down his throat.
    • Kaili is vivisected on a table in her own classroom.
    • Joe gets stabbed in the crotch by the Druid after Violet refuses to do the deed.
    • Charlie has a giant piece of metal shoved in his throat and then yanked out.
    • Both detectives are brutally murdered via a shattered blender and smashed in the face with an ax.
    • The Druid (Connor) gets his upper half burned alive in a furnace along with Angel.
  • Death by Irony:
    • The Druid is fond of inflicting these. Among others, he kills Cassidy (a notorious school bully) by dunking her head in a toilet filled with acid, Xander (a coffee maker) with his own instruments, and Violet (an Attention Whore blogger) while forcing her to post a final video about it.
    • It should also be noted that some of the deaths have ironic symbolism. These include:
      • Frank Dixon's decapitated head is mounted on his car while his headless body sits in the driver's side of the front seat. The irony here is that Frank's job involved cars, and his head being mounted on the car is symbolic of his job.
      • Cassidy's face melting from acid in a toilet bowl. The irony here is that she is beautiful on the outside, yet ugly and rotten on the inside. Her melting face symbolizes the ugliness being shown in full detail.
      • Xander's blood being made for coffee instead of regular coffee beans. The irony here is that he scams his customers by using cheap ingredients while charging extra. For example, he says the coleslaw is "handcrafted", but in reality, it isn't. Another example is that he says to use kopi luwak coffee beans, but he could be using standard coffee beans. The coffee/blood is symbolic of his scam and lies.
      • Kaili is very open and forthcoming of herself, always trying to reach out and open up to people who she hopes will open up to her in turn; being seen as a loving figure in the classroom; but completely unlucky in her own love life. She dies by vivisection in her classroom and her organs are removed much like the frog from the exams earlier that day. She's also found the following morning completely emptied out inside, referencing how empty her own personal life is, and how she tried to fill it with other people.
      • Amy getting her forehead pierced by a drill until it reaches her brain. The first irony here is that virtual reality is drilled, figuratively into her head and doesn't want to escape it. The second irony is that she tried to commit suicide but ultimately decides against it. The Druid drilling a drill into her forehead, literally, is symbolic of her getting something drilled into her head against her will and the drill hole almost resembles a bullet hole.
      • Charlie gets killed quite violently through the mouth because he was being a violent creep that never, ever shuts the fuck up. In addition, the repeated thrusting can reference the threat of sexual violence that he made on Saadia before he's overwhelmed and killed off by the druid, much like he tried to do to her in the bathroom.
      • Violet being forced to make a final video while ultimately being killing at the end. The irony here is that she's been using Kit and Justine's death, and the pain of others to make her videos and try to boost her popularity. Her death on camera is symbolic of her getting the fame to her head.
    • Independently from this, Connor, as the Druid, uses the building's furnace to burn his victims' bodies as a way to dispose of them, and meets his end when Angel and Dan push him headfirst in said furnace.
  • Death by Sex: Kit and Cassidy both are the most promiscuous characters in the season. Kit is the very first character to die, while Cassidy is the new Druid's second victim.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Despite Kit's murder not being the motive for the new Druid's murder spree, his death does set off a chain of events that eventually lead to the Druid being reborn, starting a new killing spree. Here's how it all played out:
    • Kit Jennings is murdered by the past Druid for sleeping with his girlfriend.
    • Justine makes an offensive tweet, mocking Kit's death, saying he deserved it.
    • Saadia reposts the tweet, criticizing Justine for mocking Kit after his passing.
    • Justine receives death threats, and her life spirals downward as she's fired from her job, ostracized from the community, which culminates in strain in her marriage.
    • The stress takes its toll as Justine commits suicide with gasoline, burning herself alive.
    • Jen and Connor then team up to kill everyone in the building for their wrongdoings against the family. Dan was the obvious example with his bigotry and sexism; but other such examples include like starting a petition to kick Justine's family out (started by Xander), refuse to delete the offensive post to prevent more damage (supposedly could have been fixed by Amy, but she refused, even though in her defense it's impossible to completely erase something online), or use Justine's death and the pain and suffering of Jen and Connor as a gateway for popularity (Violet falls under the radar with Joe just being collateral as a result), taking out their anger against a system that failed to do anything to stop the harassment, much less help the kids (Det. Roberta). However, as time passed and potentially due to Saadia's influence among them; their targets spread to include a teacher who can't leave situations alone (Kaili), a creepy perverted racist in class who refused to shut up (Charlie), an Alpha Bitch (Cassidy) daughter of another racist (Dan), and a spouse who was partially insane in trying to reign the children in (Amber).
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire season took place over the course of one day. Each episode takes place over three hours of said day.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Angel and Dan are locked in a room together in the cellar of the apartment building. After overcoming their differences, they come to work together to get out, and end up finding all the dead bodies of the apartment residents. They end up bonding through this time, and it helps Dan overcome his Angry White Man nature. He even cries over Angel's dead body.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Jen's mother mentions in a flashback that she doesn't know how her post became so popular as she has almost no followers. The very ending reveals that Saadia was the one to make her post viral, when she shared her post to criticize her for calling Kit a druggie slut, and it was that sharing that kickstarted everything.
    • For most of their murders, the Druid is methodical and pragmatic, striking their victim when they are alone and seizing them by surprise in situations where they have little room to escape. By contrast, their attempt to murder Jen is done in broad daylight and in public with zero subtlety, from a long distance and running after her before suddenly abandoning the pursuit. This is because he never intended to kill her- Jen is his accomplice, and this murder attempt was done to make her appear innocent.
    • When Connor asks Saadia what the worst thing she's ever done, Saadia looks awkward before changing the subject. It's then revealed that Saadia was the one to make his mother's post public, which is what would make her kill herself later.
    • A mentally unstable Amber gives Saadia a Death Glare and tells her "she did everything and she did nothing". Saadia claims that Amber's right about it, because for one, she did "nothing" because she didn't step up and should have asked her parents to be better neighbors instead of not getting involved. Amber's also right about Saadia doing "everything" because Saadia was the one who reposted Justine's insensitive tweet, accidentally causing it to go viral and initiate the downward spiral of their lives.
    • Early on, Saadia and Jen investigate where Saadia's new phone might have ended up on and look for Cassidy to find it. The phone is shown to be with Cassidy in the vent where her body is left to rot, but when it falls out of the vent, the police make no mention of finding it, foreshadowing that Jen went back and took it before they left school.
    • As Charlie mentions himself, he doesn't live in the building where the Druid is hunting and had nothing to do with Kit's death. So, the Druid murdering him anyway hints that whoever is behind the mask would have a grudge against him as well- namely, Connor and Jen.
    • During the Solstice Summer party, Saadia mentions one of her most traumatic memories back in her own country was seeing several people getting killed and burnt alive. This is used to establish that she knows what burning corpses smell like- and thus figures out by the smell the Druid is burning the bodies of his victims in the building's furnace.
  • Freudian Excuse: Almost all the characters are horrible to some extent, but all of them are also shown to be fundamentally unhappy people trying to make themselves feel better, albeit usually in very misguided ways. The only exception is Charlie, who doesn't seem to be sad about anything but just really enjoys being unnecessarily horrible to people.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The Druid's motives are revealed to have one hell of a Freudian Excuse behind them. However, Saadia immediately calls out Jen and Connor, saying that even if the residents of the apartments were horrible people, it doesn't mean make murdering them right. That doesn't even factor in the murders of innocent people like Joe, who had nothing to do with Violet's online blog, and Kaili, the teacher who was guilty of little more than attempting to fill a void in her lonely heart.
  • Furnace Body Disposal: The Druid uses the apartment buildings furnace to dispose of their victims' bodies. Deconstructed, as it ends up proving to be their undoing. Their regular use means the buildings heating systems are still on in the middle of summer, tipping off the protagonists that something's wrong, and the fact that burning corpses has such a distinctive smell causes Saadia to realize what's happening. In the end one half of the Druid is pushed into the furnace and killed by one of their would-be victims.
  • Insult of Endearment: As Dan and Angel bond, some of Dan's insults towards him turn into this. The most prominent example being after Dan and Angel's faces are glued together, and when they pry apart, a chunk of Angel's face goes with it. He asks Dan how his face looks. Dan's response? "It's always looked bad to me".
  • Murder by Inaction: Most of the tenants within the apartment building did absolutely nothing to save Kit from the Druid, some with more understandable reasons than others. Detective Roberta calls them all out on it. Only Saadia's father averts this... because he had to take action to prevent his daughter from opening their door to save Kit, something that still haunts her, and she didn't really forgive her father for. Justine even admits how callous she was to make fun of Kit's murder in her final moments when she and her family suffered the same way he did before committing suicide.
    Justine: You all watched that boy get killed and none of you fucking did a thing!
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead:
    • When Kit dies, Justine posts an insensitive tweet about it. People across the internet go viciously ballistic on her for demeaning him in death, and they end up bullying her, and her life is completely derailed as a result. It leads her to commit suicide by burning herself alive.
    • It comes full circle with Justine herself when people across the internet chastise Violet for reposting a video showing Justine's suicide, and a student at school gets punished greatly for mocking Justine's death in front of Jen.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Saadia's post that started the whole thing was meant to take a principled stand against hate and incivility. Unfortunately, while her post was reasonable and wasn't cruel, once out on the internet, it quickly got picked up by people who didn't hear "don't be hateful to anyone" but only "let's go be hateful to this other person!"
  • Parting Words Regret: Implied for Dan when he identifies his daughter's body in the morgue. The last time they interacted was when he called her a whore and said she disgusts him and finally smashes her phone. He was already showing how unhappy he was with this before he learned of his daughter's murder.
  • Police Are Useless: Played With; unlike in season 1, the police are genuinely trying to solve the murder and putting genuine effort to it this time, and they do get some moments of being competent. Unfortunately, these efforts prove overall ineffective in the grand scheme of things; their only real accomplishment over the course of the season is to successfully catch and arrest Wyatt, the original Druid (which they do one year too late and proves pointless as another Druid is behind the new murders), and they fail to stop even a single of the murders. It's one of the reasons Connor hates Detective Roberta over not doing anything before and after Justine's suicide. Him beating her to death with the axe is him releasing frustration over her refusal to take action against the building residents for their involvement in Justine's suicide. Never mind that by law, Detective Roberta couldn't do anything, and with the murders happening so fast, the police barely had any time to react to the murders, let alone stop them. In addition, after less than 24 hours, Roberta discovered the body disposal area, she just didn't have the chance to call it in.
  • Redemption Earns Life: The majority of the people living in the apartment complex are terrible people, to one degree or another. Dan is a vile racist for most of the season, but begins to change once he's forced to work alongside Angel to escape their imprisonment and fight for their lives. After Saadia is wounded helping save him from the killer, she tells Dan to leave her and go for help. Instead, Dan states that Saadia came back for him in spite of everything he'd done to her over the years. He refuses to leave her behind to save himself, and the pair are able to finish off the killer and survive the night.
  • Red Herring: When it seems that the Druid is killing the neighbors to cover up loose ends, it turns out that it's not the same Druid, and the new Druid is actually two people avenging their mother's suicide against their neighbors for doing nothing to stop her.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Watching the entire season after a first viewing completely changes the way the Druid's kills are seen. You can often tell who is killing who. For example, it's clear that it was Connor who killed Frank Dixon and Kaili. For Frank, it's because of the strength needed to swing the axe hard enough to behead him. For Kaili, Jen was with Saadia at the time. In another, you can tell that it's Jen who killed Violet and Joe because the Druid violently stabbed Joe numerous times identically to the way that Jen kills Amber later.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: One of the teachers this season sees the violent confrontation between Saadia and Cassidy to be little more than typical teen girl drama. Thankfully, Kaili doesn't see it like that.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Dixon family packs their bags by the end of the day after Frank's death, realizing the apartment is awful and they are probably risking their lives by staying. They were right, because Jen and Connor were murdering everyone in the apartments for their various actions and inaction that led to their mother's suicide, though the surviving Dixons didn't seem to be one of their targets, only Frank.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Amber tells Saadia at one point that she believes Jen and Connor are doing this to her. Jen confirms it, saying that they spike Amber's tea with her prescription medication so that she'd sleep. Otherwise, she'd be up for days in a scatter-brained craze. Jen does this to Saadia when she starts having a panic attack upon smelling burning bodies coming from the vents. Jen only intends to help Saadia sleep, but it ends up preventing Saadia from escaping when she realizes that Connor is the Druid.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Wyatt isn't remotely afraid about going to prison, as he is confident that being the Druid who murdered Kit Jennings will make him a legend and get him respect for also creating the second Druid. Detective Roberta is quick point out to him that this is much more likely to get him killed, as people will want to make a name for themselves by killing the "so-called legend" and also would make him the primary target of the new Druid. Ironically, he is still alive by the end of the season.
    • While the Druid (Connor and Jen) is very careful about cleaning the blood to cover their tracks, the smell of the cleaning product is still sticking around, which Roberta easily notices since the cleaners do not come by that often in the building. Moreover, the blood doesn't disappear that easily, and all Roberta has to do is use some luminol to find traces again.
    • The Druid's method of disposing of the bodies by throwing them in the building's furnace might seem like a good idea at first, but the smell of burnt corpses is very different from charcoal, and anyone who knows the difference (in this case, Saadia) will quickly notice. Also, if you going to stoke a furnace in order to dispose of multiple bodies, the heat would need to go somewhere, especially if it's connected to a building's heating system. The fact the heating is even active during the summer is one of the first hints to Saadia that something weird is happening on site.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The students in Saadia and Jen's school (specifically Cassidy and Charlie) are horrifyingly racist and violent, openly engaging in a screaming beatdown of Saadia in the hall, mocking the death of Jen's mother in the middle of a class (with a later admission that they think it's fun to mock people's misery) and expecting no repercussions whatsoever for their actions. Jen and Connor are no different, and if anything, are worse, because they engage in a violent spree of revenge-motivated murders that devolve into killing even innocent people like Kaili, Joe, and their own stepmother.

    Season Four: Flesh & Blood 
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While not textbook sociopaths, the Galloways share several pathological traits. They show a pervasive Lack of Empathy (despite each one having some degree of affection towards another member of the family), are manipulative, self-absorbed, and volatile.
  • And Starring: David Cronenberg as Spencer Galloway.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Despite being denied the peaceful death he asked for, Spencer got everything else he wanted in the end, that is one sole heir (possibly on his same route of ruthlessness) and the entire rest of the Galloway family erased from the world.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Galloways. Spencer was a horribly abusive father, Florence is an outright murderous greedy sociopath, the disgruntled maid abducted one of the children as payback for their treatment of her, and that's just three of the horrible things they've done to each other.
  • Breather Episode: Not by much, but episode 5 is notably lacking in gore or violence in general. Subverted by the end, where Florence cements herself as the worst person in the family by taking the last of the oxygen and remorselessly letting her own child suffocate to death.
  • Bury Your Gays: O'Keefe is non-binary, uses they/them pronouns (assigned female at birth), and has a girlfriend, while Seamus is secretly gay. Neither make it out alive.
  • Cain and Abel: Vincent and Theodore, respectively. Unlike the biblical tale, the Abel ends up killing the Cain.
  • Closed Circle: The mansion is located on an island. And the guy who drives the boat is the first one killed.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Let's just say that Spencer had an... interesting idea of how to raise a family. He'd force them to participate in cruel and bizarre games as a test of character, grooming them into Corrupt Corporate Executives, always backstabbing each other for their own gain.
  • "Everybody Dies" Ending: None of the Galloways survive, or more accurately, none of the ones bearing the name, Galloway. This is because Liv deliberately ended the name by killing Theo after he told her how he drove his car into a daycare, and her concluding that the family was just poisoned beyond repair.
  • Fingore:
    • Grace bites off Florence's right index finger. A subsequent contest in the inheritance competition requires the use of rubber bullet guns, leaving them annoyed that they can't squeeze the trigger.
    • A crazed Aphra bites off chunks of her mother Christy's face and bites off several of her fingers. Some of them are even found with her body, having fallen out after she was sawed in half.
  • First-Episode Twist: Vincent, Theodore's twin brother who was kidnapped when they were younger, has returned to compete in the competition for Spencer's inheritance.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the opening scene, Florence remarks that she always thought Grace was just a Gold Digger who only married her father Spencer for his money. Not only is she right, but Grace also murdered his previous wife, her mother, to be able to do so.
    • Dr. Trinh is referred to as an end-of-life specialist, and her job is to assist Spencer Galloway's suicide. She's also the specialist hired to end the lives of the various competitors.
    • In the first episode, Aphra watches Merle and Grace have sex with obvious interest. This is the first hint that she's not actually a child.
    • Unlike the previous contests, the winner of the paintball hunt gets to spend the night with a person of their choosing inside of the bunker. The fact that this would make the winner and their family member of choice safe from the killer does not go unnoticed. It's almost as if Spencer knew the Gentleman would be on the loose...
    • One of the contests, which only one character participates in, literally is about identifying the killer. And Grace concludes "the killer isn't one of us". This is the most blatant sign that Spencer not only knew about the killer, but was an active part of the killer's rampage, namely, hiring her to massacre his family members fighting for his inheritance.
    • Aphra has an eating disorder that causes her to try and eat things that are less-than-edible, and usually has to be stopped by her parents before she can swallow them. When neither of them are around to keep her in check anymore, she eats a mushroom that causes her to start hallucinating, which directly leads to her death when she blunders into the Gentleman during her high and thinks they're Spencer.
    • In the penultimate episode, a ring Vincent is wearing catches Grace's attention. He claims he got it from Aphra's body, until Grace reveals that it actually belongs to Merle. Since Aphra herself took it from what appeared to be Dr. Trinh's remains, this provides a huge hint as to the Gentleman's identity.
    • Differently from the previous seasons, the killer's costume is more elaborated than a parka or a cape that can be quickly removed along with the mask, meaning that it would be difficult for someone to wear the outfit and go unnoticed while doing so. A hint that the Gentleman has found a way to remove themself from the group to act without being noticed.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Theodore and Liv have sex after they're the last two alive.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: This season is particularly keen in dishing them out.
    • Some dysfunctional families just can't be fixed and will take a toll on their members' mental and physical health. While few characters try to be a positive influence, they never manage to turn the family around.
    • Blood is thicker than water, but gold even more. The Galloways have always backstabbed each other for a shot at the family money and power and seem unable to stop even when chased by a serial killer.
    • Your feelings of empowerment could be self-delusional and/or hypocritical, especially when you are in a privileged position, as Florence refuses to accept when it comes to her "art".
    • If a system is corrupt, the gender of those in power is irrelevant. Liv gains the inheritance through murder and deception, and there is no assurance that her girl boss shtick will be different from Spencer's psychopathic rule.
  • Irony: Spencer spends the entire first episode preparing for his Mercy Kill Arrangement, saying that he wants to die peacefully. The killer ensures that doesn't happen, injecting acid into the IV feeding his heart, killing him in an excruciatingly painful manner.
  • Karmic Death: Some characters' demises are quite fitting:
    • Spencer, a heartless Control Freak, is killed with an injection of acid that burns throughs his heart and chest, while he's in a situation of absolute vulnerability.
    • Jayden, who contributed to tearing apart the family business both by embezzling money and driving Seamus away, ends up quartered in front of his relatives.
    • Birgit is buried alive on the same beach that she allowed Vincent to be kidnapped years before.
    • Florence, who only cares about herself and her "art", is impaled on her installation.
    • Aphra, who played a role in driving her adoptive parents apart and has mutilated Christy beyond saving by eating chunks of her face and hands, is sawn in half, with the contents of her stomach spilling to the ground.
    • Grace, a Gold Digger who murdered Annette just as the latter was recovering from cancer, is killed with molten gold poured down her throat just as she believes to have won.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: Vincent tries to murder Theodore for framing him when they were kids. Despite trying to talk things out, Vincent wouldn't relent, and ultimately Theodore is forced to slice his head off to save himself.
  • Kissing Cousins: Vincent tries this with Liv, to her revulsion. She ends up going for his brother Theodore, however... and just as a sign of how bad every relationship in the season is, this one is one of the least unhealthy relationships.
  • Mushroom Samba: Literally. Aphra's Pica condition causes her to eat a random mushroom, sending her into a hallucinogenic trance. This leads to her death at the Gentleman's hands, where they take Aphra into the woods, ties her between two trees, and saws her right in half.
  • Noodle Incident: We never actually learned what Trinh and Spencer had on Liv, only that it was a "cover up" when she was downrange.
  • Pet the Dog: In general, everyone in the family either treats Christy with kindness or ignores her, a huge improvement from how the Galloways treat each other, mainly because she reminds them of their dead matriarch.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Theo and Vincent are twins that are presented in a Cain and Abel dynamic, with the former being Abel and the latter being Cain. However, as the series progresses, it's clear that Theo isn't as different from his twin. For one, he faults Vincent for things that aren't his fault, and also let Vincent take the blame for things that earned him severe beatings at his grandfather's hands. He gets at his worst when he reveals that he drunkenly crashed his car into a daycare center that Spencer got him off on. He claims he's horrified with what he did, but by that point, Liv decides that he went too far.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In a flashback, Florence gets one from a gallery curator that tells her off for being a spoiled, narcissistic woman with a false belief that she is actually an artist.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Seamus's Heel Realization. Seeing it again after Episode 6 makes it clear that forcing his beliefs onto his wife isn't the only thing he feels guilty about.
  • Shower of Angst/Shower of Love: Liv and Theo have one of these. He had just killed Vincent in self-defense and is drenched in blood. After Liv cleans him up a bit, they kiss in the shower, and it segues to them having sex.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Liv is shown pregnant with Theo's daughter in the dénouement.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Florence and Vincent are convinced that Liv and her mother are the killers. At one point, Vincent attacks Liv and fights her... and swiftly loses because she's a trained military combatant and he's just a regular guy.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Theo, and most of the others, immediately and understandably decide that Florence allowing O'Keeffe to die is something that can never be forgiven, and marks Florence as a complete monster. Most of them don't really care that Florence is left outside, tied to her own art, and in fact, many of them think she's the killer after this.
    • Liv decides that Theo drunkenly driving his car into a daycare and presumably killing numerous kids, is one thing too much. She immediately kills him for it right after he tells her about it. She was already a bit wary of him after witnessing him decapitate Vincent.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The Token Good Teammates of the Galloways are brutally murdered in the most horrendous ways, betrayed by people they trusted and/or loved. Christy Martin's face and fingers were bit off by Aphra, and she pleaded for a Mercy Kill which was granted to her. Annette Galloway was killed by Grace, her live-in nurse, who murdered her so that Grace could marry Spencer for his money. O'Keefe, the only Galloway by blood to be a decent person, is left to asphyxiate on carbon monoxide by their own mother.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Mocked In-Universe. Florence shows off one of her sculptures to the family and cracks a pair of eggs on it, and Spencer promptly bursts out laughing at how pretentious it is.
    Spencer: (cackling) What the fuck was that?
  • Wham Line: Vincent hears Birgit singing a lullaby to Liv and confronts her about it. When Liv defends her mother, Vincent reveals why he's so alarmed by the song.
    Vincent: My kidnapper sang it to me.
  • Wham Shot: While Aphra is sleeping, Christy consoles herself following Seamus's death by going through her phone for old photos and videos of them. Then she finds photos of Aphra taking selfies with all of the dead bodies, which is then followed by a video revealing that she's actually an adult who's been manipulating the family for as long as they've known her.
  • You Monster!: O'Keeffe drops this on Florence when she tells Theodore that he should've been kidnapped instead of Vincent. Their accusation just rings truer as the season goes on.
    Season Five: Ripper 

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