Nancy Drew put more focus on the first and older murder at Horshoe Bay: dear Lucy Sable.
Reduced to nothing more than a children’s rhyme, Lucy Sable didn’t get the proper respect in town nor did anyone ever try hard enough to solve her murder.
That is until she began haunting Nancy and our sleuthing detective needed to know why.
When she found out that Lucy’s murder may have been connected to Tiffany’s through Ryan and the Hudson family, she couldn’t help herself. She had to know the truth.
And how else to get the truth than by communicating with Lucy herself through a seance done on the night of a new moon.
The ghostly scares could have been just that on this series, but they’ve proven to be crucial to unraveling the story.
The pacing of this episode was a bit slower than previous ones, with the seance coming towards the end of the episode, but it provided crucial revelations to the maddening mystery of who killed the famous Sea Queen.
There were a few suspects on the table, including second-runner-up Candace, but Dead Lucy scratched her off the list immediately.
There was, however, one person with the means and the motive to get it done: Drew Carson.
Had Nancy mustered up the courage to ask Dead Lucy’s spirit if her father was the killer, we would have had our answer.
But that would have been too easy.
Instead, Lucy confronted her father during “family” dinner once she realized that he was the one who stole all of the remaining dead Lucy evidence from the Sanders house.
Any way you splice it, Drew seems like the culprit. He took care of the Hudson’s problems during that time, he received a $50k payout from their shell account just 2 days after Lucy’s death, he had (and destroyed) Lucy’s bloodied dress buried in his attic, and his house was being haunted by her spirit. I mean, facts are facts.
Then again, it would be too simple, wouldn’t it? We’re barely through half of the season, so finding out Lucy Sable’s killer was right under Nancy’s nose the whole time.
Drew Carson definitely had the “oh, shit. She caught me” look when Nancy confronted him, but what will he say to get out of it?
While Lucy’s murder mystery took precedence, no one forgot about Tiffany’s murder either, especially not with those haunted coins and Laura’s posters making their way around town.
Those posters are exactly what lead Ace to believe that his very own girlfriend, Laura, could have been the one to kill her sister.
It would have made sense if Laura was trying to prove her sister’s murder was done at the hands of the Hudson’s, but it didn’t seem like Laura cared about the “who” much at all.
When Ace realized she’d been in town the day of Tiffany’s death (just 10 miles away) and that she was suing Tiffany for her money, he began to formulate a theory that Laura needed to prove the murder so she could get her hands on the inheritance money.
Unfortunately, Ace might not live to tell anyone else his theory because he was involved in a terrible car accident that’ll either leave him dead (NO!) or with some form of memory loss.
Was it an accident? It’s possible. But if Laura even got a whiff of Ace being onto her, she could have invited him along for a ride in an attempt to eliminate him.
And honestly, that makes me furious because Ace is such a good-hearted person.
He wants the truth, he wants to do right by his friends, and he’s too smart for his own good sometimes, like when he got weaseled into working for the Sheriff because he got caught hacking into a government computer.
Oh, Ace. We’re rooting for you, buddy.
If all that action wasn’t enough for you, Nick broke up with Nancy because he feels like an afterthought to all of her mysteries, which is valid. She hasn’t been including him as much as she should, sometimes for his own good.
Freeing Nancy from her relationship commitments will undoubtedly bring her closer to Owen, who was noticeably absent from the episode as was Ryan.
Following the seance, another dark spirit infiltrated Ted’s toy and it made sure she knew it wasn’t Dead Lucy. There’s no shortage of spirits with ill intentions in this town, that’s for sure.
McGinnis offered to work alongside Nancy to crack the case because, at this point, he’s realizing she’s better at his job than she is. Which is true. Nancy now knows one crucial part of Tiffany’s murder that will allow them to better narrow down the murderer: Tiffany was poisoned.
Considering she ate food from The Claw just before she died, it had to be someone with access to the kitchen. Nancy delivered the food, but who made it? This once again paints everyone as a suspect.
Horseshoe Bay has lived in denial for quite some time, but Nancy is here to make them face the truth, no matter how ugly and heartbreaking it is.
- Why did it matter that Lucy was “sleeping with a lot of influential men?”
- Her half-brother lives in town now but is pretending to be someone else. Will this play a bigger role in solving the mystery?
- How creepy is it that Drew sees all of Nancy’s texts? What an invasion of privacy. It makes this guy even more of a creep, sorry Nancy.
What did you think of the episode?
Did Drew kill Lucy Sable on behalf of the Hudson’s? Did Laura kill her own sister to snag that inheritance money?
Will Nick and Nancy work things out?
Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)
And that’s a wrap on an incredible first season of Nancy Drew.
Mystery by mystery, the series has slowly inched its way into becoming my favorite CW series.
“The Clue in the Captain’s Painting” was a full-on murder investigation as the Drew Crew, the Marvin’s, and the Horseshoe Bay police department were all determined to find out who killed Owen Marvin.
However, they were three very different investigations that blended into one led by the town’s sleuthing heroine, Nancy Drew.
If anyone were to figure out who killed Owen, it would be his grieving yet mystery-solving girlfriend.
In a surprising twist, Owen Marvin’s murderer was not the Aglaeca, so his death was not a payment of the blood toll brought on by summoning the sea ritual.
It was the obvious go-to, but it would have put way too much guilt on our Nancy, who was already dealing with quite a lot.
Owen’s killer was of the human form, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when Nancy quipped that things have gotten so crazy none of us considered that it may have been an actual human murderer. We were all so quick to blame the poor spirits!
From there, there were only a handful of people who had the motive and thus, it wasn’t nearly as delicious and shocking of a twist than the Lucy Sable reveal!
The only person that would ever gain anything from Owen’s death is Ryan Hudson, but considering he was just revealed as Nancy’s biological father, the series couldn’t tarnish his name or character like that. He may lead with ego, but he’s not a killer.
And really, that left us with Joshua, the brother of Lucy Sable, who escaped after a near-death encounter with Nancy.
He didn’t have a motive to kill Owen, but he did have a motive to get revenge on Nancy, and the quickest way to get to her was through Owen, who refused to send a text and draw Nancy out.
Owen died protecting her and that honestly makes his death ions more painful.
He was such a good guy — he cared about Nancy in a way no one else has, he accepted her for who she is, he supported her, and he died for her.
It was a premature death that had absolutely no merit. And yes, Nancy did everything to solve his death, but we never even got to see her mourn or grieve him.
Owen didn’t get the goodbye he deserved and it’s upsetting and unfortunate. What a terrible decision by The CW to kill him off when he would have been more useful alive.
And the way they killed him off was so pathetic as it didn’t contribute anything to the plot.
If it was a result of the Aglaeca, I could at least accept that it was a lesson for Nancy and the Drew Crew that there are life or death repercussions to their investigations, seances, rituals, etc, but having him be an innocent victim killed by Joshua was a disappointing turn of events.
My only hope is that the fact that this is a supernatural show somehow brings him back to life, but that seems like wishful thinking.
Making a protagonist suffer tends to be how a show encourages, but in this case, it hinders Nancy’s growth and upsets a dedicated fandom.
On her mission to solve the murder, Nancy managed to tell Lucy’s mother the truth and thus, established a relationship with her grandmother.
She also came face-to-face with Joshua and saved his life so that he could rot in jail.
And again, Owen died for nothing.
As Bess investigated Owen’s murder, she too got to know her family on a deeper level and realized that they’re all mean-spirited, narcissist, which honestly, is not someone I’d ever want to be around. Why is she still so desperate to become a Marvin?
Aunt Diana encouraged her to leverage her relationship with Lisbeth to find out what she knows about Owen’s death, and this is the second time that Bess has been put in a compromising position when it comes to her relationship.
Even Lisbeth informed her that she’s going to have to choose between the relationship and being a Marvin at some point. She can’t have both.
Still, Bess is choosing to embrace her family by accepting Aunt Diana’s invitation to live at the mansion.
Of course, one is to assume such an invite comes at a price… but what is it?
The only good thing that came from Bess embracing her Marvin side is that she got a brief history lesson into her great, great, great (a lot of great’s) grandfather Douglas Marvin who painted all the paintings in the hall of tragedies (apparently, rich people have these) and in one of them, she saw the Aglaeca.
What did good ‘ole Douglas know about the creature that’s trying to destroy them all? Was the Aglaeca a Marvin?
Hopefully, Bess finds out fast because the portents are only intensifying and the latest one showed them all visions of their own death.
Bess died by being burned alive, Ace was hooked and hung, George and Nick drowned inside their car, and Nancy Drew met a fate similar to Lucy Sable’s — she fell off a cliff.
Talk about things coming full circle. How can they get the Aglaeca off their backs?
Other Horsehoe Bay Musings
- George figured out why she’s so emotionally unavailable and it all boils down to how she was treated by Ryan Hudson. He preyed on a 17-year-old girl with a crush who didn’t know any better and made her think that being a “secret” was normal. It was incredibly sad to see George break down and finally realize the damage Ryan caused her, but it was necessary for her to confront him, make him realize that his actions have consequences, hold him accountable, and move on. I like her and Nick together.
- I initially thought George was keeping her relationship with Nick under wraps out of respect for Nancy.
- There’s definitely something happening between Ace and Nancy, and while it’s too soon right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series went there. I love the way he cares about her. I think he’s been harboring feelings for her but realizes that the timing simply isn’t right.
- I wondered how Nancy Drew would keep up the scare factor, but guess what, they managed to make the Aglaeca even scarier than Dead Lucy. I didn’t think that was possible, but here we are.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 1 finale?
Are you happy Owen’s murder was solved? How will the Drew Crew fend off the Aglaeca?
QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?
Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?
In the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has thrown some wild twists at the Drew Crew, and it has left the audience in a state of constant shock.
*SPOILER ALERT — the post contains spoilers. We advise you to stop reading if you’re not caught up with episodes*
One of the show’s biggest twists was the reveal that Nancy Drew is not Carson and Kate Drew’s biological daughter.
Nancy has been haunted by the ghost of Lucy Sable, and initially, it seemed like she wanted Nancy to solve the mystery of her death before an unlikely connection revealed that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother.
And that means that Ryan Hudson is her father! It’s been a few weeks since the reveal and it still has my mind spiraling in all different directions.
The series didn’t even give us (or poor Nancy) any time to recover from the twist because the following episode resulted in the tragic death of Owen Marvin, Nancy’s love interest.
Owen’s death was a result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll.
The Aglaeca latched onto Owen during the spell, but Nancy and the Drew Crew were able to pull him back without losing too much blood.
Nancy hoped it was enough, but it wasn’t as the portents began shortly after they conducted the spell.
Nancy and the Drew Crew then opted to perform a ritual to mask Nancy so that the “spirit” couldn’t find her and she could cheat fate and continue on without paying the toll, but the portents only intensified.
That’s when it dawned on Nancy that the Aglaeca must have been a human entity and thus, the ritual only infuriated it.
As a result, they found poor Owen dead in the bathtub with a bloody, gaping hole in his stomach likely from the fisherman hooks.
Of course, upon seeing such a gruesome sight, everyone’s first reaction is that “Owen Marvin is dead.” And I’m not arguing with it, but I’m also not 100% convinced.
Many shows rooted in the supernatural have a penchant for bringing people back from the dead, and that goes double for any CW series.
Nancy and the Drew Crew dabble in all kinds of seances, spells, and rituals, so there’s a huge likelihood that they can find a way to bring Owen back.
Maybe the can make a deal with the Aglaeca? We’ve only scratched the surface of fully knowing what it wants and how it operates.
There’s also a chance we see Owen Marvin in the spirit world since Nancy has a way of reconnecting with the dead and/or being haunted by them.
What I’m saying is that dead doesn’t really mean dead on television.
However, Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s Instagram suggests that his character, Owen Marvin, is dead dead.
In a post from three days ago he wrote, “RIP Owen. so sad & disappointing. definitely not my choice. definitely blindsided. no one told me why.”
Miles seems very triggered and upset by the death (as he should be) as he alludes to the fact that it was a decision he was not forewarned or consulted about.
After thanking friends for their support on this “short run,” he goes on to encourage people to be better and to stand up against those in your “inner-circle” badmouthing others.
Is he alluding to some tension on the set as the reason he was written off? Was there some drama between the cast behind closed doors?
While he seems to be coming from a real place of hurt and anger, there’s a slight chance Gaston Villanueva is trying to make us believe his death is permanent.
Is he throwing us off?
On one hand, it would be foolish of The CW and Nancy Drew to kill off a promising character. Nancy just found out her father and her boyfriend are rivals, which would undoubtedly make for compelling television.
There were so many story avenues to explore with Owen’s ties to the Marvin’s and his relationships with Nancy and Ryan.
His death seems premature and foolish.
However, on the other hand, as an audience, we’ve grown so accustomed to death on shows never being final. It’s the very reason why this article exists.
While I’m an Owen Marvin fan and hope his death is reversible, there’s something to be said about a series upping the stakes in a permanent fashion that’s refreshing and keeps audiences on their toes.
Horseshoe Bay is a town filled with uneasy spirits. Nancy’s decision and actions to wake the dead and follow mysteries must have repercussions not only for herself but for her friends as well.
Killing off someone that had the potential of becoming a main character pushes the boundaries, it changes the narrative, and it forces characters into uncomfortable and painful situations that inspire character growth.
It’s a stark realization that what they do matters and has permanent consequences.
And for the audience, it means that we’ll never see what’s coming next.
Update: Gaston Villanueva tweeted us after we published this article and yep, he’s a ghost.
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