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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. Produced in association with the Canadian network Super Channel, Slasher is the first original series by U.S. TV channel Chiller, which premiered the series on March 4, 2016, at 9:00 pm EST. Super Channel aired the show's Canadian premiere on April 1, 2016.

The series' first season, starring Katie McGrath, which centers on a mysterious figure billed as "The Executioner" terrorizing the fictional town of Waterbury, Canada, was filmed between July and October 2015 in Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

A second season was released in 2017, "Guilty Party", in which, after murdering a girl during their time as summer camp counselors, a group returns to said camp, now with people living in it, to retrieve a body, but all the people there are being targeted and murdered one by one by a mysterious, parka-wearing killer.

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A third season was released on May 23, 2019, "Solstice", which follows a group of neighbors who are targeted by a mysterious killer known as "The Druid" during the summer solstice period, due to their complicity in not saving a murder victim, in the previous year, who later wounded up being killed in front of their apartment complex. Starting with this season, Slasher in now property of Netflix and is tagged as a Netflix Original in its opening.


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    The Entire Series 
  • 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, and zig-zagged in Solstice.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Season one had the Executioner. He is a serial killer that is extremely religious, wears a dark, personalized outfit and is something of a legend in the town. He kills people who can be blamed by one of the Seven Deadly Sins and the deaths he 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 him and the only antagonist to not be a Copycat Killer. 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 has 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: All over the place, really. There's almost no killings that aren't brutal in some way.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect/Mystery Fiction: 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.
  • 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, and the Druid a black mask with blue neon features on top of it.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Season One: The Executioner 
  • Accomplice by Inaction: Vaughn's wife was well aware that Ariel was kept on the basement of her house and decided to never do anything, even when Ariel begged for her help as she was being dragged there.
    • Seeing from the list we find in the killer's burn book in episode 7, he would count as one too. Vaughn's name was on the list under 'lust' implying that the killer knew he kidnapped and raped Ariel.
  • Big Bad Friend: The new Executioner turns out to be Sarah's childhood friend Cam, who's also the deputy sheriff in the town.
  • Book-Ends: 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.
  • 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 30 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 an extortion 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 of 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 her basement for 5 years.
    • The publisher of the local newspaper manufactures evidence against the father of a missing teen, whichs leads him to kill himself.
  • 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 episode.
  • 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.
  • Detective Mole: The reason the Ariel's disappearance was never solved was because Iain Vaughn, the chief of police who was running the investigation, was the one who abducted her and kept her as a sex slave.
  • Enfant Terrible:
    • Turns out Cam was one of these. He killed his mother at a young age by pushing her down the stairs.
    • 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...
  • Final Girl: While Sarah is this, the creators made her to be more than the stereotypical final virgin survivor and be more Nancy Drew like.
  • 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.
  • Friend on the Force: Cam is this and Sarah's childhood friend compared to Iain.
  • The Game Never Stopped: After episode 7, even when all of the 7 sinners have died, there's still one episode left, and Sarah is confident that the Executioner isn't done even though he or she left the costume out in the open at the end of the episode. She's right.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Sarah's father was murdered by Tom Winston, the original Executioner, by stabbing him in the chest from behind with a machete and then carving down to his groin.
  • Hate Sink: Vaughn, aside from being unhelpful bordering on downright ignorant, is a kidnapper and rapist who kept Ariel in his basement for 5 years and even fathered her child due to a sick obsession for another girl. When Ariel manages to run, he threatens to kill their child. It's easy to think his punishment of being burned alive was him getting off easy.
  • Hollywood Old: Sarah is supposed to be around 30, but her grandmother Brenda is played by an actress who would be more convincing as her mother (who is already dead within the show's storyline) or aunt.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 is Sarah's biological grandfather. It only factors into the story when she needs leverage to get him to pressure Vaughn.
  • Not So Above It All: The town priest talks a big game about punishing sinners, in the finale Cam asks him if he is as righteous when he is being whipped by a dominatrix.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Katie McGrath's natural Irish accent slips out fairly regularly.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: The Executioner bases his victims and his killing of them on their past sins in an ironic fashion.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Robin, despite his husband's death.
  • Police are Useless: Cam Henry, Iain Vaughn, and Shrama are the prominent members of the police force. There's just a few problems with 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 A Day in the Limelight and A 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Cam, the current Executioner shows he has childish perceptions of things, and even starts crying like a baby in the end when his plans go awry, begging Sarah to spare him.
  • Really Got Around: Sarah's mother Rachel was part of a secret pornography and prostitution operation in the town, which her husband was also in on.
  • The Scourge of God: The Executioner targets people who are guilty of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Most of his victims turn out to be rather despicable people guilty of crimes such as rape, murder by inaction, and extortion. When The Reveal comes around it is somewhat hinted that his father, a priest obsessed with punishing the sinful, was a source of inspiration in all 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 - chased into a pit, left there with snakes, including the Eastern Brown Snake, second most venomous snake on Earth. Reason: left Ariel Peterson wandering the streets drunk on the night she disappeared, because he was clocking off and didn't want the extra work.
    • 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 video-taped 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 hybris), the scene cuts to Trent sewing together the skins of different animals he has hunted — in other words, he's making a hybrid.
  • Suddenly Voiced: For most of the series, the Executioner is completely silent while conducting his kills. When interviewed by Allison, however, he does speak while masked, albeit through a voice synthesizer.
  • Take Me Instead: In the penultimate episode the Executioner is about to make Sarah herself his last victim for the sin of pride, but Tom Winston offers himself in her place. He's really her father, after all.
  • 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".
  • Traumatic C-Section: Sarah's mother was murdered by the original Executioner when she was highly pregnant with her daughter. In something of a subversion, while he did violently cut her baby out of her womb, instantly killing her, he intentionally kept the infant Sarah alive until the cops arrived on the scene.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the Executioner's plan finally goes awry in the season 1 finale because Sarah discovered his true identity, he starts sobbing like a little boy after stabbing her.
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Sarah does this with Cam in the season finale, but given the circumstances that Cam imposed, it's more of an Enforced Trope.
    • As part of the sin for Sloth, Trent and June engaged in this since she's Cam's wife. The Executioner killing her would've probably been Disproportionate Retribution following the reveal, though he was saddened by her death.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Everybody keeps referring to Tom Winston, the original Executioner, as a "serial killer". But he only killed two people in a single event, so despite the costume and the gimmick, he was actually just a run-of-the-mill double murderer.

    Season Two: Guilty Party 
  • Accomplice by Inaction: Implied to be the motive for Antoine's murder; he had found Talvinder's body long after the murder and could have just delivered it to the authorities, thus bringing a piece of evidence that Owen was framed, but chose to not do so because he was afraid it would tamper with his and Renée's deal about the land.
  • Amoral Attorney: Mark used to be one, which he feels guilty about and has tried to repress. His nastier side starts coming out again toward the end, as he tries to use his skills to interrogate everyone and figure out who the murderer is.
  • Asshole Victim:
  • Badass Gay: Antoine is shown to have beaten a homophobic mugger to death with ease.
  • 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.
  • The Atoner: It's implied Mark is acting so supportive of everyone because he feels guilty about how horrible a person he was as a lawyer.
  • Berserk Button: A lot of characters have one:
    • Andi was jealous of Talvinder having sex with Andi's boyfriend and killed her after the Deadly Prank.
    • Renee had become intensely crankier after Antoine's death, to the point where she kills Glenn, believing him to be responsible.
    • Glenn seems to be a nice guy, but if you're a young man and insult him, beware.
  • Break the Haughty: Most of the characters start as a confident person, but as the killings start, they begin to lose their cool. Special mention goes to Noah who, after two episodes of threatening and making fun of Glenn, gets beaten and raped by him.
    • Glenn himself gets this, courtesy of Renee. By the time she finishes torturing him, he is a whimpering mess, begging for his life. She kills him anyway, believing him to be Antoine's murderer.
  • 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Noah, upon discovering clues that Glenn might not be who he pretends to be, thinks it's a smart idea to confront him about it, taunt and threaten the much taller, more muscular guy who did suspicious things in a situation where he knows a murderer is around. To say it backfires would be an understatement.
  • Chainsaw Good: Gene's death in episode 1.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Renee subjects Glenn/Benny to this, with a boxcutter.
  • 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 series.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Glenn, who preys on young and vulnerable men. His methods vary from pressuring his prison cellmate into relationship to straight up raping Noah.
  • 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.
  • Eye Scream: Susan has both of her eyes gouged out in episode 2.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Glenn/Benny behaves this way towards Noah. He compliments him, gives him painkillers, and talks to him like he's a friend even when he has him tied up. But it's pretty obvious that he's just putting on a show.
  • Final Girl: Dawn and Keira survive to the end of the season, although it's strongly implied that Judith will kill Dawn in the near-ish future.
  • 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.
    • If you pay close attention to all the appearances of Wren, you will notice he never interacts directly with anyone but Judith and his presence barely gets acknowledged by the others. This, combined with his strange habit of communicating with Judith through letters, hint at the fact he isn't a real person- just a hallucination from Judith.
  • 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 Noah'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 I Can't Have You...: Thanks to the flashback in episode 4, we discover that Glenn killed a former prison lover because of this.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Antoine and Renee 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 somewhat sympathetic... then the next episode reveals that he attempted to do the same with Talvinder in a fit of rage.
  • Manly Gay/Straight Gay: Antoine and Glenn/Benny.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • The killer's motive is that she is trying to avenge her son, who was framed for Talvinder's murder by the counselors and committed suicide. This motive makes sense for the counselors' deaths, and some of the commune members, such as Renée, Antoine and Mark, as well as Megan and Janice, just happened to "get in the way" or know too much. Gene's death, on the other hand, appears completely unprovoked and is unexplained.
    • Lampshaded in the final episode, when Peter, being confronted by the killer, points out the various people they gruesomely murdered who had absolutely nothing to do with Owen's death.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Wren, Noah and Glenn all get respectively shirtless in episodes 1, 3, and 4.
  • Neck Snap: How Susan's suffering is ended by the killer.
  • No Name Given: This season is the only one so far where the killer isn't given any signature nickname.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The first episode starts with the group of councelors driving to the wilds 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.
  • The Ophelia: Judith is a very dark example of one. She's so unstable that not only is she the killer, she's been imagining that it was her son's ghost doing it.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Through the 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.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Once Antoine is killed, Renée becomes fixated on avenging him at all cost. This quickly proves problematic, as she becomes aggressive toward whoever seems like they might be guilty, without waiting for actual evidence, which results in her injuring Megan and killing Glenn. She eventually dies at the actual killer's hands, rendering her vengeance pointless.
  • 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 scott-free at the cost of Keira's life. He chooses the first option, allowing Keira to escape alive.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Wren's entire character and personality seems to be about being Judith's lover, to the point she's the only character he even interacts with. This is actually intentional, as he isn't a real character as much as Judith's Split Personality
  • Sauna of Death: Played With. Poor Gene only died in one, but the weapon is different...
  • Shirtless Scene: Wren, Noah and Glenn in a flashback of his incarceration.
  • 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 Renee.
  • 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.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Glenn to the commune members. While some of them have skeletons in their closets, they still are overall either sympathetic or good people trying to find peace. Glenn, meanwhile, is a rapist and murderer just trying to make himself forget.
  • Token Good Teammate: Peter. He is the only one of the counselors to realize what they're doing to Talvinder is wrong, despite his own grudge against her, even saving her from being attacked and trying to convince the group to spare her life. He is also the one who confessed to the parents of Talvinder and Owen about what they've done to them, and even sacrifices himself to save Keira from the killer.
  • 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.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Depending of the viewer, Andi can be sympathetic. Though she gave the first blow to Talvinder, her death is slow and she is the first of the counselor group to die.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Glenn at the beginning of episode 4 and Megan just after she got poisoned.

    Season Three: Solstice 
  • Arc Words: "Too good", which is said to Saadia all the time.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all the atrocities committed by the Druid, it's hard not to feel sorry for Jen as not only does she die murdered by her best friend Saadia, but she learns that, for all the people she slaughtered, Saadia herself- the one person she thought was innocent- unwittingly had caused her family all their misery.
  • Angry White Man: Dan is a white nationalist whose racism primarily is motivated by seeing minorities as favoured over white people. He gets better by the end.
  • Anything That Moves: Kit, by his own admission, pretty much was trying to have sex with everyone, male or female. This leads to his murder by the Druid, who turns out to be one of his jealous suitors.
  • Asexual: Amy has little to no interest in sex, much to Xander's frustration.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Druid turns out to have an accomplice in the murders. Also overlaps with Big-Bad Ensemble when it's revealed that it's not the same Druid; the original Druid is still in hiding, but turns out to not be after the other neighbors, just Kit.
  • Big Bad Friend: Saadia's school friends, Connor and Jen, turn out to be the Druid, though they were intending to use her as an alibi.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Despite his usual modus operanti of killing people viciously and in ways that ensure they will definitely be dead, the Druid just leaves Angel and Dan trapped inside the cave after gassing them and glues their faces together without even killing them- which eventually results in them escaping to strike back.
  • Break the Haughty: Dan starts out as a stereotypical Jerkass white nationalist of the worst kind who constantly insults the other characters for being non-white and pesters about minorities. After his daughter dies, he is shown to be genuinely distraught, and toward the last episodes, he and Angel end up prisoners in the same cave and forced to join forces in order to survive. They end up bonding, and this, completed with Saadia saving his life later, results in him learning to respect minorities and grow out of his racist ways.
  • 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 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Pretty much the Druid's M.O. This season has some of the most graphic deaths in the whole show.
    • Cassidy is killed by having her face repeatedly dipped in acid until she dies from that melting.
    • Connor gets his upper half burned alive in a furnace.
    • 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.
  • Death by Irony:
    • The Druid is fond of inflicting these. Among others, he kills Cassidy (a notorious school bully) by dipping 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.
    • 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 head first 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.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The Druid, who is revealed to be Wyatt, is apprehended and arrested for Kit Jennings's murder after being caught killing Kit's girlfriend, Noelle. However, he is not responsible for the other neighbors' murders.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Angel dies by sacrificing himself to throw the Druid head first in a furnace, successfully killing him.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire season took place over the course of one day.
  • Final Girl: Saadia. After Angel dies from killing the Druid, she manages to kill his accomplice, saving herself and Dan in the end of the season.
  • 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 his murders, the Druid is methodical and pragmatic, striking his victim when they are alone and seizing them by surprise in situations where they have little room to escape. By contrast, his 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 was the worst thing she ever did, 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.
    • Early on, Saadia and Jen investigate where Saadia's new phone might have ended up on, and look for Cassidy to find it. Cassidy's body clearly shows she only has her own phone, which leads to the later reveal that Jen has Saadia's phone all along.
    • 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 memory 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.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Dan, until the last few episodes.
    • Violet, who more or less spends all the season being a lecherous bitch by "blogging" about tragedies and using anything she can just to get notoriety. As Joe points out, even her voice is irritating and affected. Not even her husband Joe is safe when she tricks him into having sex with him an then posting it online.
    • Charlie, who is a borderline sociopath and an annoying, constantly giggling asshole, mocking Saadia's heritage and insulting Jen about her mother's death. When his teacher asks him how he can take such enjoyment in making other people miserable, he says "That's easy, because it's fun!" He also comes onto Saadia very strongly at the party. It's not surprising that the Druid (later on revealed to be Connor and Jen) kills him.
  • Hypocrite: Connor complains that the police are all over the recent string of murders because Cassidy was an attractive white girl. His point may have been valid were it not for the fact that he was responsible for her death.
  • Insistent Terminology: Violet insists on being treated and have her work referred to as "journalism", despite being actually closer to sheer tragedy and gore porn. Whenever someone tries to hold her back or warn her, she uses the argument that she is defending "journalism integrity".
  • It's All My Fault: Saadia feels this way at the end of the season when she realizes she accidentally caused the second Druid's Start of Darkness.
  • Jerkass: The homeless guy who appears in the first few episodes is a complete asshole, beating Angel for not giving him a cigarette, stealing food from the coffee shop and generally being unpleasant, sometimes violently so, toward anyone and everyone.
  • Pet the Dog: For all his flaws, Dan is shown to be genuinely distraught when his daughter is found dead. Also, one of the first signs of his Character Development is that he begins acting nicer toward Angel, especially after giving his respects to Angel after the former succumbs to his injuries after killing the Druid.
  • 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 thing; 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Wyatt isn't remotely afraid about going to jail, as he is confident that being the Druid who murdered Kit Jennings will make him a legend and get him respect. 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".
    • 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.
  • Really Get Around: Cassidy, whose entire motivation seems to be about jumping anything with a penis big enough.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The Dixon family packs their bags by the end of the day and goes away, realizing the apartment is awful and they are risking their lives by staying.
  • Taking You with Me: Angel manages to kill the Druid by pushing him in his own furnace, burning his own arms and killing himself in the process.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The students in Saadia and Jen's school are horrifyingly racist and violent, openly engaging in a screaming beatdown of Saadia in the hall and expecting no repercussions whatsoever for their actions.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Saadia reveals in the end of the season to a dying Jen that she was the one who called out Justine's tweet about Kit's murder, which lead to others calling Justine out and kick-starting the events that lead to Justine's death and Connor and Jen's Start of Darkness.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Druid, Jen, pretty much devolves into a screaming rage after her accomplice/brother gets killed.

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