Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Ending Explained: Who Killed Ben?

Only Murders in the Building Season 3 Ending Explained: Who Killed Ben?

The TV series “Only Murders in the Building Season 3: Ending Explained” on Hulu revolves around the adventures of three friends: Charles, Mabel, and Oliver, who become entangled in a captivating murder mystery. The central focus of the mystery is the death of actor Ben Glenroy, which occurs on the opening night of a play in which Oliver is participating. As they delve deeper into the case, they encounter various challenges on their quest to uncover the truth.

Notably, the key revelation occurs during the first night of a new rendition of the play, with Ben now taking center stage. In the final episode of season 3, the trio of friends finally unravels the mystery surrounding Ben’s murder. Additionally, they are faced with significant decisions about their own lives.

Simultaneously, they stumble upon another unexpected murder mystery during their journey into the world of true crime podcasting, marking perhaps their most perilous and challenging case yet.

Recap Of Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Finale Episode

Recap Of Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Finale Episode

In the final episode of ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 3, titled ‘Opening Night,’ the story begins with Donna sharing insights into her career as a producer and her strong desire to protect her son, Cliff, through a series of flashbacks. Loretta Durkin joins forces with Mabel, Charles, and Oliver to discuss fresh leads in the Ben Glenroy murder case.

They suspect that Donna DeMeo, the producer of Oliver’s play, may be the one responsible for Ben’s death. Their theory is that she poisoned Ben on opening night to secure her son’s Broadway career. While there isn’t concrete evidence tying Donna to the crime scene, Loretta surprises everyone by presenting a handkerchief that once belonged to Ben.

The handkerchief bears Donna’s lipstick mark, and she obtained it from Dickie. Loretta plans to reveal Dickie’s true parentage to him after the play. The trio devises a plan to extract a confession from Donna on opening night at the Gooseberry Theater, where they confront her.

Recap Of Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Finale Episode

To everyone’s shock, Donna confesses to poisoning Ben. However, Mabel presents the handkerchief as evidence, prompting Donna to extend her confession further. She also admits to pushing Ben down the elevator shaft. Donna pleads to be allowed to watch her son’s play before turning herself in.

Meanwhile, Oliver steps into the lead role in his play due to Jonathan’s anxiety. Loretta discloses her connection to Dickie, and Mabel decides to follow Donna, leading to the revelation of the true murderer of Ben Glenroy.

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Ending Explained

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Ending Explained

In the final act of the episode, Oliver’s play culminates with a compelling performance by Loretta. Mabel discreetly follows Cliff to the rafters and uncovers a startling revelation: Cliff was the one who pushed Ben down the elevator shaft, leading to his tragic demise. It turns out the incriminating handkerchief actually belonged to Cliff, and Donna’s confession was an attempt to shield her son from the consequences.

Cliff eventually confesses to the murder after a heated confrontation. It is revealed that Ben had uncovered Donna’s scheme and provoked Cliff, leading to a physical altercation that unintentionally resulted in Ben’s death. Donna intervenes to prevent Cliff from taking drastic action. Following the success of the play, both Donna and Cliff are arrested, likely facing serious legal repercussions.

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Ending Explained

Meanwhile, Oliver rekindles his romantic connection with Loretta, who plans to relocate to Los Angeles. Mabel declines Tobert’s offer but entertains the possibility of a long-distance relationship. With the murder mystery now solved, celebrations ensue. However, a sudden sniper attack targets Charles, but it turns out that they mistook Sazz for him.

Tragically, Sazz loses his life, leaving behind an unfinished message. The season concludes with the introduction of a new murder mystery, suggesting that Charles may be the intended target. The cryptic and incomplete message raises questions about the identity and motive of the assailant, setting the stage for a potential fourth installment filled with intrigue and suspense.

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Who killed Ben? The truth was revealed! 

Who killed Ben? The truth was revealed! 

In Season 3, Episode 7 of “Only Murders in the Building,” titled “CoBro,” there was a flurry of drama. Charles (Steve Martin) had resigned from “Death Rattle Dazzle” due to the seemingly impossible “Pickwick Triplets” patter song. In response, Oliver (Martin Short) decided to cast Broadway legend Matthew Broderick in the role. Notably, this episode also featured a cameo appearance by playwright and lyricist Mel Brooks.

At the time, there was speculation that these two cameos, combined with the “Producers” reference, might suggest that the killer could be linked to the producers of “Death Rattle Dazzle.” This suspicion arose because “The Producers” revolves around two individuals orchestrating a deliberately terrible play to collect insurance money. Could the mother-son duo, Donna (Linda Emond) and Cliff DeMeo (Wesley Taylor), be following a similar scheme?

Who killed Ben? The truth was revealed! 

The truth, however, unfolded differently. Donna and Cliff were indeed responsible for Ben’s murder, but their motives did not involve insurance fraud, and they were not acting in collaboration.

Now, let’s delve into the complex details of Ben’s death. While Ben initially collapses onstage in the beginning of Season 3, and he technically dies for about an hour, he miraculously revives and appears perfectly fine. He even joins the cast party and delivers an ominous speech, explaining how his near-death experience has compelled him to become a better person to those around him.

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Why did Donna and Cliff kill Ben? 

Why did Donna and Cliff kill Ben? 

In the penultimate episode, “Thirty,” Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles, and Oliver reached the conclusion that Ben had been poisoned by a cookie laced with rat poison at the theater, which had been his weakness. They further deduced that Donna DeMeo was the culprit. Donna had seen the theater critic Maxine’s (Noma Dumezweni) review, which singled out Ben as the show’s weakest link.

Donna bought delicious cookies from the renowned Broadway bakery, Schmackary’s, and coated one with rat poison in K.T.’s office. She then strategically placed it in Ben’s dressing room, knowing he couldn’t resist. Donna went a step further by encouraging the anxious leading man to “be nice to Ben,” persuading him to take a fateful (and potentially lethal) bite.

However, in the finale episode “Opening Night,” Donna confesses to the trio of amateur detectives that her intention wasn’t to kill Ben. She states directly into the documentary filmmaker Tobert’s (Jesse Williams) boom mic, “Maxine’s review would have killed the show. So I bought us some time. I wasn’t trying to kill Ben; I just wanted to knock him down. Of course, it’s hard to determine the exact non-lethal amount of rat poison to give a man. How many rats equal one Ben Glenroy?”

Why did Donna and Cliff kill Ben? 

Contrary to expectations, Ben didn’t die at the theater; he simply collapsed onstage there. Instead, Ben met his demise at the Arconia after abruptly leaving Oliver’s opening night celebration to take an intriguing phone call. In the previous episode, speculation swirled about the identity of the caller. In this episode, we discover it was Ben’s doctor, informing him of the poisoning. Ben quickly deduced the source of the toxin, as he had consumed nothing besides a single Schmackary’s cookie.

Upon learning the shocking news of his poisoning, Ben confronted Cliff, Donna’s beloved son, whom she was trying to shield from the negative repercussions of Ben’s wooden performance. “Death Rattle” marked Cliff’s inaugural production, and as Donna’s pride and joy, she aimed for it to be a resounding success. However, loyalty runs deep on both sides of this equation.

Outside Oliver’s apartment, Cliff found Ben, who was reeling from the revelation that he had been poisoned. Given that Ben had been fasting, it didn’t take long to pinpoint the source of the toxin. “That’s all I ate – one damn Schmackary!” Ben exclaimed. This led him to unravel Donna’s sinister scheme. In response, Cliff reasoned, “Maybe she was trying to protect me. It’s what she does.”

Why did Donna and Cliff kill Ben? 

“She thought I was ruining her boy’s play – her real star!” Ben shouted, “So she attempted to murder me!?”

This escalated into a heated argument and physical altercation between the two. Ben, still seething with anger, continued to taunt Cliff by referring to him as “boy.” In a moment of rage and desperation, Cliff pushed the “phony” star down the elevator shaft. He vehemently insisted it was an accident, pleading with his mother, Donna.

As “For the Sake of a Child” played from the murder mystery musical “Death Rattle Dazzle,” a flashback depicted Cliff pitching Ben to his tragic fall. Along with Ben went the handkerchief, a crucial piece of evidence that played a pivotal role in uncovering the truth.

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Who Killed Sazz?

Who Killed Sazz?

The final moments of the season were most certainly surprising. I didn’t expect it at all. With Charles that he was going to go up to his apartment and get a bottle, within the darkness, we saw a single shot take place, and it went through the window and straight into who we believed at the time was Charles.

I wish it was, though, because it would have meant that they were being brave with the show and killing off a main character. The similarity in both Charles and Sazz outfit was something that was made apparent only moments earlier when they took a selfie together and Charles put on a hat. So Sazz must have offered to have gone upstairs instead of Charles.

Who Killed Sazz?

And with that, the killer may have thought that it was, in fact, Charles, especially considering they were looking directly into the darkness and it would have mainly been a silhouette with white hair. So it very much seems as though, Sazz has been killed and the mystery of the killer is one that will be focused on in the next season. But that then strikes up the question until then,

Who killed Sazz and wanted Charles dead?

Who killed Sazz and wanted Charles dead?

Well, the final thing that Charles received before he was going to walk upstairs was a text message from Joy, the person he was supposed to get married to only a couple of episodes back. This text message read, Scott Baculus says hi. This could be telling of the fact that him saying hi is the bullet that he was later supposed to receive.

Or it could just be a message to make him jealous of the fact that she was hanging out with another actor. Something that you would think would make him jealous. Or could the killer be joy? Could she have been waiting across the building and wanting to hurt Charles due to him hurting her during the season by canceling the wedding? It could well be the case.

Or could it be Tobbert?

We know that he’s infatuated with Mabel and he wanted her to go to LA with him. Did he think that by taking out Charles, it would solve part of the issues that she felt as though she needed to unstick and then she’d want to go with him? Who knows? It could be the case, but time will tell. It’s safe to say that it’s not going to be solved here with no clues whatsoever, and we’re going to have to wait until next year when I imagine we’ll get season four of the show.

The gang confronts Donna about poisoning Ben

The gang confronts Donna about poisoning Ben

Donna admits to tampering with the Schmackary’s cookie but vehemently denies any intent to kill Ben, asserting that she is not the killer. However, her demeanor changes dramatically when she lays eyes on the handkerchief bearing her lipstick mark. It’s at this moment that she confesses to pushing Ben down the elevator shaft, resulting in his tragic demise.

Charles and Oliver react with a mixture of satisfaction and surprise at how readily Donna incriminated herself. Despite the shocking revelation, they proceed with their roles in the play. In an unexpected twist, both of them take the stage, with Oliver stepping into the detective role.

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How does Only Murders in the Building Season 3 end?

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In the conclusion of “Only Murders in the Building,” Donna and Clifford Demo are apprehended by law enforcement. Both of them acknowledge their actions but insist that their intentions were solely to safeguard each other.

On a brighter note, despite numerous challenges, Oliver’s play, “Death Rattle,” garners a positive reception. Oliver himself takes the spotlight during the opening night, and he manages to sustain his relationship with Loretta, leading to a happy ending for the pair.