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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)

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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?



  1. abi

    April 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Kennedy has announced that there will be 22 episodes in season one. It was confirmed a while ago.

    • CraveYouTV

      April 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      That was before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production on mostly every show and shows + networks were forced to air shortened seasons. If you look at the Nancy Drew Twitter account, they confirm it was the season 1 finale. I believe Kennedy also explained it on her Instagram post last night saying that unfortunately, the season was cut short.

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If you’ve been watching The CW’s Nancy Drew, chances are, you like to solve mysteries.

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Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?



Is Owen Marvin 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.

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Nancy Drew — “The Terror of Horseshoe Bay” — Image Number: NCD115b_0132b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Alex Saxon as Ace, Miles Gaston Villanueva as Owen, Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Tunji Kasim as Nick and Leah Lewis as George — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Read More: Find Out How Owen Marvin Died on the Season Finale of Nancy Drew! 

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?

Is Owen Marvin Dead on Nancy Drew

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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.

Is Owen Marvin Dead on Nancy Drew

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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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Nancy Drew Review – Ryan Hudson Confronts Nancy, [SPOILER] Dies (1×17)



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Everyone’s finally on the same page.

Nancy Drew picked up with Nancy coming to terms with the realization that she is Dead Lucy and Ryan Hudson’s daughter.

I use coming to terms very loosely because Nancy was upset, hurt, and betrayed by the fact that her father, Carson, lied to her to the point that she even called her late mother by her first name.

Nancy’s anger was understandable as she felt as though her whole life up until this point was a lie. She spent so much time trying to solve the mystery of Lucy Sable’s death and it was frustrating to find out that her father knew the truth this whole time and never thought to tell her.

However, it was a cold approach considering Carson and Kate gave up everything to raise and protect Nancy. They honored Lucy’s dying wishes and thought they were doing the right thing by protecting her from the Hudson’s including Ryan, whom Lucy said would be dangerous if they ever found out the truth. In truth, Lucy and the Drew’s gave Nancy a proper childhood in a happy home — she’s a smart girl and she’ll understand that when the shock finally winds down.

In the end, there are no real winners here. Everyone has been cheated out of some kind of experience. Nancy didn’t know the truth about her real parents and missed out on getting to know her real dad, Ryan. Ryan missed out on raising Nancy, who would have likely made him a better person.

Ryan spent one day with Nancy and was forced to confront his worst qualities — she kept him accountable and put him in his place. He has some redeemable qualities if he starts making better choices, which I think he will now that he knows he’s a father.

Nancy knew the truth the whole time when she went on the trip with Ryan and purposefully kept him in the dark because she thought it was better that way. It seems like Nancy wasn’t sure if she really wanted him to know, and the way he spoke about being a father convinced her it wasn’t right. However, you could see Ryan desperately wanted to know the truth.

In a sense, Nancy walked a mile in Carson’s shoes and learned just how hard it is to be on the other side of not knowing — knowing the truth is just as bad. You’d think it would have made her ease up on Carson, but Nancy just needs time. Time heals all wounds.

Ryan may not have known the truth when he asked Nancy to drive out to the ob-gyn to investigate the possibility that Lucy was pregnant, but their whole experience was definitely a father and daughter trip. They definitely bickered like father and daughter duo specifically when Nancy threw a tantrum, and Ryan punished her by driving away. Classic father and daughter stuff.

After Nancy called Ryan out for being a rich, entitled jerk and criminal, it made him re-evaluate his life and led him to finally making the connection himself.

Knowing that Lucy Sable was pregnant about 19 years ago and that Nancy had been the only other person haunted by Lucy Sable’s ghost, Ryan considered the possibility that Nancy was his daughter, and the locket she left behind that looked just like Lucy’s baby picture in the yearbook was all the proof he needed.

I would agree with Nancy that the argument that she looked just like Lucy when she was a baby was a stretch since all baby’s look alike, but it’s impressive that Ryan put two and two together.

He deserved to know. And just like Nancy figured it out herself, it was fitting that he did also. Like father, like daughter.

He also came through for Nancy when she needed him most. It was his first act of being a father and it was to do the ritual to ward away the pissed off sea spirit of the Aglacea.

The Aglacea was out for blood and it was going after everyone involved in the ritual since they never properly paid the toll.

George’s mom suggested a ritual to ward off the sea spirit from Nancy’s scent, which required a blood relative.

It was hilarious that George and Nick went to Nancy’s house to convince Carson to do the ritual and were super confused to see Ryan arrive with Nancy instead.

No one aside from Ace knew the truth, and it says a lot that Nancy entrusted him with the truth. He’s always been her most trusted friend.

Their reactions to learning that Ryan is Nancy’s dad amidst the bloody ritual resembled my reaction to finding out at the end of Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 16 right down to Bess’ covering her mouth in shock.

George realizing that she slept with Nancy’s dad and also almost her ex-boyfriend was a close second top moment.

The scene with Nancy and Ryan joining hands and linking through a powerful blood ritual was powerful and very meta. They’re joined through blood now and have no choice but to be there for each other and see where this relationship goes.

You’d think coffee would be easy peasy after what they’ve been through, but as it turns out, sitting down and talking through feelings is always a lot harder than fighting off evil spirits.

Of course, this is Horsehoe Bay and one shouldn’t underestimate those spirits by any means.

The ritual would have worked had the Algaeca been a spirit but since it was a person, George’s mom summed it up best: they took the right medicine for the wrong illness and, in turn, angered the Algaeca even more.

The result? Everyone’s portents increased as Nick felt like he was drowning, Ace was tied up, George’s hair started falling out, Bess saw maggots on an open wound in her arm, and Nancy began choking again.

However, the Algaeca seems to have found her/his victim with Owen, who was seen laying in a bathtub bleeding from a gaping hole in his stomach.

So much for Nancy’s trip on a private jet to New York City with the man she’s smitten with.

Do you think Owen is dead? Is it just a hallucination or warning of what will happen if they don’t pay the toll? Does the fact that Ryan wanted Owen dead (there was some truth to him saying that) have something to do with it?

Is there a way to reverse this with another ritual? Or is he going down is CW hottie history? We’ll miss that dimple-y smile!

What did you think about the Nancy Drew episode, Cravers? Hit the comments and let us know.

Did you enjoy the emotional moment between Ryan and Nancy? How do you think Ryan will be affected moving forward? Will they catch up on lost time?

How will George cope with the realization that was was sleeping with her besties dad?

And does Carson deserve to be forgiven?

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