The spirit world continues to have a major presence on Nancy Drew. In fact, it’s becoming so common that it’s now odd when we stumble upon someone who hasn’t dabbled in the occult.
Carson Drew is that someone, but he quickly learned that there are much greater forces at work in Horsehoe Bay and his own home.
The “Path of Shadows” illuminates another member that isn’t just aware of the supernatural but has experiences with it. Chief McGinnis hasn’t been the most welcoming of characters considering his crusade against Nancy Drew in the pilot episode and going forward, but he’s also realized that he won’t get anywhere without her help.
Apparently, a group of teenage sleuths is better at being a detective/cop than actual police officers and cops.
When Nancy finds him in the hospital and tells him he “looks like he’s seen a ghost,” she’s being quite literal.
And McGinnis has just seen a ghost.
He believes it’s Ace’s lost soul looking for a way back into his body, but after that “ceremony,” it seems like McGinnis wasn’t entirely accurate about what he was seeing.
Ace was lost, that’s a fact, and though it took poor George some time (of course, it’s her) to find the 6-year-old version through all the noise stemming from Nancy and Carson’s conflict, she eventually succeeded.
It didn’t bring Ace back, but it did help his situation and offered them a lead int who caused the accident that was, as suspected, no accident.
The “killer boots” Ace saw right before going into a coma belonged to a dirty cop named Rawley on the Hudson’s payroll but more on that in a minute.
McGinnis accused everyone at The Claw for allowing dark spirits to hang around, and admittedly, they probably haven’t been following ghost protocol properly. But this latest gaffe is on him.
The dark figure he saw at the hospital wasn’t Ace, and we’re not entirely sure who it was or what they wanted.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s Uncle Sebastian as he’s the only male ghost we’d be familiar with.
The evil figure followed George out of the “Stranger Things”-esque supernatural layer and kidnapped her little sister, Ted, since she’d been communicating with it.
But what does it want from the town and from Ted? She’s innocent in all of this!
McGinnis may have seemed like he was on Nancy’s team, but he picked up on a lot of tension at the Drew household including a deeper connection to Lucy Sable, which motivated him to write Carson Drew down as the suspect in her death.
Nancy’s going to regret poking around in this case and stirring up trouble for her father at first, but eventually, it’ll hopefully lead her to whoever murdered Lucy that night.
Because we can officially cross Drew off of our list.
Nancy confronted him head-on and though he admitted to stealing her DNA, he had absolutely no hand in Lucy’s death. In fact, there was a logical explanation for why he had her bloodied dress — he was keeping tabs on her for the Hudson’s and was at the scene of the crime the night she died.
Drew claims to have told Nancy everything he saw, but is that true?
The show keeps proving that the line between good and evil is very thin, so maybe there’s some validity to Nancy’s suspicious and untrusting personality.
I hate to be the bearer of bads news, but we still don’t have an explanation as to why the Lucy Sable nursery rhyme was scribbled over and over in their attic, so this mystery and Carson Drew’s involvement is far from over.
Okay, now back to the killer boots.
As George was getting the clue from baby Ace, Nick and Bess teamed up to force the truth out of Lisbeth, who was looking more and more like a suspect.
Much like Carson, Lisbeth had a logical explanation for why she was in town the night of Ace and Laura’s accident while the Hudson’s weren’t — she’s undercover.
As an undercover cop, she should have known better than to get into a relationship with Bess.
She also looks super young to be this advanced of a cop, doesn’t she?
Everyone promised to keep Lisbeth’s secret so that she could continue working the Hudson’s, but that meant she had to make it believable.
Punching Nancy for accusing her of breaking up with Bess was childish, but hopefully, it did the trick.
If the Hudson’s are as capable as Drew Carson says they are, then she needs to be especially careful.
The Hudson family seems to be ruthless killing anyone that gets in their way or threatens to expose them.
They attempted to get rid of Laura Tandy the same way they got rid of her sister Tiffany and Lucy Sable before that.
You’d think that at some point, someone would catch onto them and stop them.
If Laura perishes in the accident, all of Tiffany’s riches will be given to them. It almost seems silly for them to attempt to kill her when there’s so much riding on her survival.
Ace was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that’s almost a relief cause for a minute it seemed like either Laura killed him because he suspected her or it was a spirit.
Where do you think the mystery is going now? Who kidnapped Ted? Where is she? And how is this connected to the overall mystery?
The midseason finale of Nancy Drew is Wednesday, December 11.
Best ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 1 Twists
Nancy Drew was an intriguing addition in 2019.
Many of us were familiar with the teen detective from the books, but The CW’s character took on a life of her own mainly due to Kennedy McMann’s fresh take on the character.
She’s clever, witty, outspoken, independent, and ready to solve any mystery that arises. Plus, the Drew Crew is always ready to follow her wherever the spirt world may take her.
With plenty of calculated mysteries, jump-out-of-your-seat scares, and jaw-dropping twists, the series rapidly rose the ranks from newcomer to must-watch. It’s hands-down one of The CW’s best shows!
As we await the coronavirus-delayed second season, let’s take a look at some of the biggest twists of Nancy Drew Season 1.
*Beware – spoilers ahead*
Owen Marvin is Dead
Just as Nancy Drew gave in to her feelings and found love, Owen Marvin was brutally murdered. Initially, fans assumed Owen’s death was the result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll. Yes, 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. The real killer was, surprisingly, of the human form — Lucy Sable’s brother Joshua. Owen died protecting his girlfriend. Their romance deserved a chance and this is a major loss to the series.
The Truth About Lucy Sable’s Death
The mystery of Lucy Sable’s death turned out to be something no one expected. Hoping to clear her father of murder charges, Nancy went to Lucy’s old house with Ryan Hudson and dug up her diary where she learned that Lucy wasn’t killed. In the entry, she confessed to stealing a knife from the Drew household and detailed her plan to end her own life because she was pregnant with a baby she couldn’t keep. She was also threatened by Everett Hudson. Nancy suspected her mother, Katherine, of killing Lucy and ordered a DNA test that revealed the mother of all secrets: Lucy was Nancy’s mother. This explains why she was haunting her the whole time! Right before jumping off the cliff, Lucy handed the baby (Nancy) to Katherine and Carson Drew who took her in and skipped town only to return when she was a teenager to avoid raising any suspicion.
Nancy is Ryan Hudson’s Daughter
Now, if you were blown by the fact that Lucy was Nancy’s mother, it’s about to get even crazier. Since Katherine wasn’t Nancy’s biological mother, Carson wasn’t Nancy’s biological father either. That title went to none other than Ryan Hudson. Yes, the same Ryan who was having an affair with Nancy’s best friend George. Twisted!
Lucy and Ryan had a torrid love affair that his parents were desperate to break up. Nancy was the first to realize it and spent the whole day with Ryan sleuthing. He eventually figured it out after finding her locket that contained her baby photo which looked eerily similar to Lucy’s baby picture. Let’s just say it led to a pretty awkward encounter with Carson.
Nancy’s Dad is Arrested
Carson Drew arrested for the murder of Lucy Sable. It was a theory Nancy was mulling over, but she never planned for it to see the light of day. Unfortunately, she left her diary wide open and Carson’s now-ex-girlfriend, Detective Karen, stumbled upon it and arrested him. Yep, the ultimate betrayal. For a while, it was unclear if Carson was actually a good guy or not, but all of that was cleared up in the finale. He may have lied to Nancy about her parentage, but he was doing it for a good reason. He definitely wasn’t a murder. Well, for now.
Tiffany’s Murder Solved
Aside from Lucy Sable’s murder mystery, Tiffany’s death was one of the core mysteries on the series. And as with most great mysteries, the answer was staring us right in the face. Ryan Hudson was considered a suspect in Tiffany’s death since he was the common denominator in both Tiffany and Lucy’s demise, but the twist came when it was revealed that he was the intended target rather than Tiffany.
After retracing the steps of the fateful night at The Claw, Nancy realized that Josh, Lucy’s vengeful brother, was hoping to get his revenge on Ryan for his sister’s untimely death. He snuck into the restaurant and poisoned a salad he knew Ryan would order. However, Ryan sent the salad back and instead of tossing it, Ace, Bess, and George accidentally served it to Tiffany. Tiffany’s death was a complete accident and if one of the events had gone differently — Ryan didn’t show up, Bess dropped the salad, etc. — she would’ve been alive!
Bess is a Marvin
In the fourth episode of the series, we learn that Bess isn’t who she said she is! Her name is Bess Turani, she has a British accent, and she believes she’s a descendant of the Marvin clan. This is the moment when fans truly start to question if anyone is actually telling the truth in this series. Later episodes prove that she is a Marvin, after all, but that might not be all that’s it’s cracked up to be. In the finale, she accepted Aunt Diana’s invite to live at the mansion, but with the Marvin’s, everything comes with a price. Is Bess ready to pay?
Lisbeth is an Undercover Agent
There was something suspicious about Lisbeth from the get-go, but who would’ve thought she would be revealed as undercover state police who was pretending to be a driver for the Hudsons because she was investigating them! Lisbeth was worried that her cover would be blown, but the Drew Crew promised to help her keep her identity a secret. Bess and Lisbeth even broke up so that she can show the Hudsons her loyalty. By episode 11, Lisbeth helped Nancy trap Mr. Hudson in a confession that led to his arrest at a Marvin-Hudson dinner party. Don’t mess with Nancy!
What other big twists would you add to the list?
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?
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