February 16th, 2012
01:43 PM ET
[Editor's Note: If you don't want to know the identity of the body found on the beach in "Revenge's" pilot, stop reading now.]
Each new episode of ABC’s “Revenge” further invests viewers in Emily Thorne’s plot to avenge her father’s death.
And since the series’ pilot episode, which aired in September and teased a forthcoming climactic beach murder, fans have been dying to find out the victim’s identity.
Many speculated that the lifeless body in the sand belonged to Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman), Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) fiancé. It was either that gorgeous head of hair, or Daniel’s mother, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), who put that image in our heads. (In the pilot, as well as last night’s episode, Victoria darts to the scene of the crime, crying out for her son.)
Well, 15 episodes into the soap’s first season (Creator Mike Kelly originally told Entertainment Weekly the reveal would take place during the 13th episode), “Revenge” finally dropped the bomb:
(Spoiler Alert!) The body on the beach belongs to con artist Tyler (Ashton Holmes), a former friend of Daniel’s.
Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their shock. And Gabriel Mann, who plays Nolan on the series, told The Hollywood Reporter the cast was equally as surprised:
“Up until the morning we got the script, which is when we had the table read and started shooting, we all couldn’t believe who it was,” Mann said. “Because we all had our own theories too. Of course, Mike [Kelly] and all our writers took them and flipped them on their ear.”
Here’s how it went down:
Tyler confessed to Amanda (Margarita Levieva) - whom he'd kidnapped and turned against Emily - that he planned to kill Daniel with Emily’s gun the night of the couple’s Fire & Ice engagement party. (He was seeking revenge on Emily for pinning Frank’s murder on him - the murder Amanda committed - earlier in the season.)
Of course, if the show has taught us anything, it’s that plans for revenge are rarely carried out without a hitch.
Amanda, who managed to break away from Tyler, finds Jack preparing to set sail – with the whale cam. After begging him to let her join, she flees, and heads straight for the scene of the impending crime.
When Jack finds Amanda on the beach, she's leaning over the dead body. Upon Jack's request, she bolts back to the road and is picked up by Satoshi Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada). Meanwhile, Jack unsuccessfully attempts to pull the body away from the shore before his figure is spotted - ironically by his brother, who was preparing to go for a dip with Daniel's younger sister.
Only after everyone appears on the beach, hovering over Tyler, does Daniel show himself.
We’re still not sure how much Daniel knows about Emily’s true identity, but Tyler, at least, managed to give him some photographic evidence of her secret past before his demise.
“There are definitely a lot of suspects,” the show’s co-executive producer, Sanford Bookstaver, told EW. “But yes, the blood on [Daniel's] clothing should indicate that he could have been involved.”
Bookstaver also talked about how challenging it was to recreate the pilot episode in nine days, as “most of the shots were not from the pilot at all. We re-shot almost every single scene … We had to rebuild that entire Fire & Ice tent. We went back to the beach. We had everybody in the same wardrobes. It was really complicated.”
So who do you think murdered Tyler? Is it Daniel, Amanda, or someone else?
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