This episode changes everything!
My brain is spinning in a million different directions after the massive reveal on Nancy Drew.
Prepare yourselves for this one Drew Crew because it’s wild and exceeds any of our expectations.
Honestly, hats off to the writers for pulling this one off because what. a. twist.
Nancy solved the murder of Lucy Sable’s death, but it wasn’t enough to end the hauntings and it didn’t explain just why she kept popping up in Nancy’s life or why she had such a connection to her.
The introduction of a new mystery on the back of a recently-solved one felt fitting, but I never expected it to be so personal.
With just a few hours left until Carson Drew’s evidentiary hearing, Nancy brought her A-game to find any and all evidence to clear her father’s name.
At The Claw, the Drew Crew brought in John to test Lucy’s bones for clues, but they were interrupted by an unexpected investigation led by Detective Tampura, Chief McGinnis’ replacement. It’s unclear what he wanted to find there since Tiffany Hudson’s death was solved. He was also overly suspicious of Nick, George, and Bess, which was understandable since their stories didn’t add up and they acted suspiciously while hiding the remains of the town’s most popular dead girl in the building, but still, it was random and felt forced simply for Tampura to find Lucy’s skull and pick a bone (ha) with the group.
But that’s honestly the least important part of the episode for now.
Amidst all of that, Nancy exhausted every piece of evidence and found a discrepancy between the emails sent by Ryan to Lucy and the email calling her a whore.
This seemed to prove that Ryan wasn’t the killer, but he could help her find out who was.
Getting all the answers required doing something they should have done initially before all of this even happened — retracing Lucy’s steps the night she died as it painted a clearer picture of where she was, who she saw, and what headspace she was in.
The first stop was at Ryan and Lucy’s “spot,” an ice-cream shop where waited for Ryan before leaving in a frazzled state when he didn’t show up. They learned that upon her exit, she was followed by a town car, Ryan’s father, who admitted that he told Lucy to stay away from his family because he didn’t want her to ruin Ryan’s life.
And while that seems like motive, he wasn’t the killer because he watched her go home and get into an argument with Karen.
And while she was good for Tiffany Hudson’s murder, Karen didn’t kill her best friend Lucy, though she did rig the SeaQueen competition in Lucy’s favor, which made her emotional state even direr.
Karen also offered Nancy a critical piece of information that led her to some substantial answers: her diary.
While Lucy’s home was searched up and down following her death, no one ever found her diary until Ryan and Lucy broke in and found it buried deep within a secret compartment in the wall.
It’s there that Nancy learned of the grim fate — after being bullied, threatened, and slut-shamed, Lucy decided to end her own life.
Lucy’s life, and death, was reduced to nothing more than town folklore when, in reality, it was actually a heartbreaking tale of bullying that led to suicide.
Lucy wasn’t killed by a mystery killer, she was killed by the whole town.
And yet… that isn’t the end of Lucy Sable’s story because, as I mentioned previously, her soul wasn’t at peace.
Nancy still saw her lingering in the courthouse and knew that there was a bigger mystery that Lucy wanted and needed her to solve.
During her research, Nancy learned that there was another hair on “Dead Lucy’s” Seaqueen crown and figured that it may have belonged to her mother. She asked John to run the prints and test it against a strand of her hair.
The results weren’t a DNA match for Katherine Drew, but they were a match for Lucy Sable.
When Nancy confronted her father about what truly happened that night, the scene delivered the most emotional moment of the season.
Carson broke down and revealed that Lucy called him and Katherine the night she died. They rushed over to the cliff where they found her holding a baby girl that she’d just given birth to. Everett Hudson knew about the child and threatened to ruin her and Lucy’s life if she told anyone.
A terrified Lucy begged them to take her child and not to tell the Hudson’s about her.
And then, Lucy plunged to her death.
Carson and Katherine spent the whole night with the baby, fell in love, and decided to keep her. They left town for a little while so no one would get suspicious, and then came back to raise their daughter in Horsehoe Bay while shielding her from the truth.
As he’s revealing all of this, Nancy is growing more emotional by the minute and my jaw is on the floor.
I hear myself utter, “this cannot be happening.”
But it is. And finally, Nancy and Carson both confirm what we are now realizing to be the truth — the baby grew up to be a sharp, mystery lovin’ young woman.
“The baby is me,” Nancy finally exclaims in case you didn’t figure it out.
She finally solved her biggest mystery to date.
On a scale of 1-10, how shocked are you?
The revelation exonerates Carson from all the shady moments because he now has a valid reason for lying to his daughter and trying to tiptoe around the truth of what happened the night at the cliff and why he was there.
At one point, Nancy assumed the worst of him when it was the complete opposite.
And even then, he protected her and Lucy and never told the truth to save himself; he was willing to go to jail. That’s the power of a father’s love.
I’m not as much shocked that Lucy Sable is Nancy’s mother because there was always a connection, we’ve just been missing the pregnancy piece of the puzzle. I’m more so thrown off by the fact that Ryan Hudson is Nancy’s father.
Maybe it’s because Riley Smith looks so young to me, but I just can’t see him having a twenty-year-old daughter.
And if that’s the case then Nancy’s father was sleeping and cheating on his wife with one of her best friends, George, which, wow gross.
But to make matters worse, George has now slept with both Nancy’s father and (soon) her ex-boyfriend.
Small towns are really messy.
It’s also weird to think that Nancy has spent all this time with Ryan, whom she assumed was a peer, only to find out it was her biological father this whole time.
Mostly, the reveal comes as a shock because I’ve been under the impression that Nancy was a little girl when Lucy died because she saw her parents burying “Dead Lucy’s” dress in her backyard. Did I make that up? Was that a dream?
There were definitely some clues hinting that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother throughout the episode like when Ryan and Nancy both revealed that they were allergic to bees or the revelation that Lucy met with the Drew family days prior and called them “perfect.” She was likely vetting them to ensure they’d make a good family for her child.
In fact, I’m sure if you re-watch the first season, there’s plenty of clues like Lucy Sable’s mother mistaking Nancy for Lucy, a moment we simply chalked up to the mother’s fragile mental state.
Other Ghostly Musings
- George and Nick need to bang out all that tension.
- Nick found out Nancy slept with Owen thanks to Bess. Good job, Bess!
- The way Ace said “the cops are here” made me laugh.
- This point is just to reiterate how much I adore Ace.
- George questioning if the new detective is a vampire is so weird but oddly perfect.
- “We’re the busboys. I’m the senior busboy.”
What did you think of the episode? How are you feeling about the big reveal?
Did it seem logical or did it feel like a cop-out?
Will Nancy tell Ryan the truth? She has so much love and respect for her dad that she might not want him to know. Or will Ryan find out for himself?
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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