Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for season one of "Who Killed Sara?" on Netflix.
Season two of the hit series debuts Wednesday, and we've got some questions we hope are answered.
Besides the killer's identity, we're wondering: Who was the real Sara? And did she really even die?
The popular Spanish-language Netflix series "Who Killed Sara?" follows Alex Guzmán's pursuit of revenge for his sister's death.
Alex is seeking vengeance against the powerful Lazcano clan, who wrongfully imprisoned him for his sister Sara's death and likely also killed her.
After ranking in Netflix's list of top-ten hits for multiple weeks upon its March release, the series is returning on Wednesday for its second season.
Hopefully, this time around we can finally expect some clarity on major plot points, starting with the most obvious unknown — the identity of Sara's killer.
And that leads us to our first question…
Who actually killed Sara?
Well, all eyes are on Mariana Lazcano as the leading murder suspect, but if we can conclude anything from the first season, it's that nothing is as simple as it seems.
This recurring theme is highlighted in the series' opening frame, which displays a quote by mystery writer Agatha Christie: "Very few of us are what we seem…." That same statement even makes an appearance in Sara's diary (more on that later), so it's safe to assume that, as viewers, we'd be wise to question every apparent "clue" that's dangled in front of us.
What we do know is that our leading lady wanted Sara dead and enlisted her right-hand man Elroy to do her dirty work. But not without a little sexual and psychological manipulation, of course.
Shortly after learning that Sara is pregnant with César's baby, Mariana does what any wife would naturally do upon finding out her husband impregnated her son's girlfriend — plot said girlfriend's death.
It's not that Mariana's actions are fueled by her jealousy of Sara, which would follow the predictable route. We can deduce at this point that Mariana is well-aware of César's dealings in the basement of the family's prized casino; not to mention, she barely batted an eye when Chema exposed César's affair with Sofía, Rodolfo's wife. (What is it with this guy and Rodolfo's love interests???)
The family image is on the line, and the matriarch must preserve it at all costs — including her bizarre loyalty to César, who seems to do no wrong in her eyes. Both César and Mariana will stop at nothing to protect their children, but we've seen that César's judgment tends to get a little clouded when his testosterone is involved. So, cue Mariana with the damage control, and we have ourselves a possible attempted murder that culminates in the tampering of the parasail Sara was encouraged to try first.
While that all tracks and would seem to point right at Mariana as the killer, it's not necessarily clear that Elroy followed through with cutting the ropes. The penknife that Mariana gives Elroy (gifted from Alex to Chema) is detected on the boat after the incident, but we never actually see Elroy do the deed. Elroy's hidden affection and soft spot for Sara could have been what caused him to back out of the plan at the last minute, despite Mariana's very convincing threats to leverage his dark past against him.
Considering what we now know about Sara's apparent mental illness, as illustrated by her diary entries and "I want to die" scribbles, could it be possible that Sara cut the ropes herself in an attempted suicide?
On the flip side, is Sara still alive? And what about her baby?
We have reason to believe that Sara may still be alive, and if that's not the case, at least her baby might be.
We have yet to see any flashbacks that feature her corpse. After Alex uncovers Sara's second diary with an entirely new set of clues, he leaves Elisa a frantic voicemail saying they were "wrong about everything" and "it was all a mistake." That being said, brace yourself for a wild theory: César kidnapped Sara after shooting her strangler in the Guzmáns' backyard and imprisoned her in his sex-trafficking operation until she gave birth to his child.
Sure, he has plenty of motive to arrange for Sara's death, but it could be that he paused his plans until she delivered his offspring, which is seemingly the most valuable form of currency in the Lazcano family. Keeping in mind the brutal murders of Flor and Imara, the immigrant women he enslaved in his sex ring, the possibility that Sara eventually faced this same fate could be very real once her existence no longer served a purpose.
This means that Sara might indeed still be dead, but it just wasn't the parasailing incident that killed her.
We also know that Sara wasn't as innocent as Alex thinks she was. In flashbacks, we see how she degraded Elroy when he professed his feelings for her, threatened to expose Chema's sexuality despite his pleas to keep it a secret, and then cheated on Rodolfo with his father and lied to him about it. She's not exactly the definition of a saint.
The promo at the end of the finale suggests that Sara might even have a sinister side, featuring a snippet of Sara smashing her head into a mirror and ravaging a room in a fit of rage. It's still unclear how this new information relates to the cause of her death (if at all), but it's very likely to have played a key role in the events leading up to it.
Aside from the gravesite discovery, what else can we conclude from Sara's diary?
The second diary that Alex accidentally stumbles upon reveals what appears to be Sara's alter ego, or at least the side of her unknown to viewers thus far.
We see countless sketches of monstrous faces and disturbing imagery, including a graphic of multiple heads stemming from the same body and a photo of a doctor we know to be Sara's psychiatrist in the season two trailer. Also, the lines "What if I'm crazy like him?" and "I want to die — help" stand out, but according to a Reddit thread reported on by Esquire, there may be a lot more to unpack here.
The Reddit fans' theory is that the "him" Sara refers to is her "crazy" father — who is not Alex's dad — and offers several translations of Sara's scribbles written in Spanish.
If you pause the screen on the closeups of her diary pages, there are a few more clues that can be deciphered, like the repetition of Nicandro's name (a relatively MIA character until recently) and the mention of a Roberto, Sofía, and Erick (who are these people?). On the first page, she writes "I do not want to suffer more" and then on another page she repeatedly pens "there are many Saras."
Armed with this knowledge and the previews of Sara in a mental hospital, it's becoming apparent that Sara had some kind of psychological disorder, which undoubtedly shifts the narrative we've been shown.
Who was on the receiving end of César's gun shot?
A lot of the evidence points to it not being Sara.
Not only would that be extremely predictable based on the two cuts of Sara and César we're shown, but it also doesn't seem probable if we take Sara's diary into account. She would have to be alive after the grave burial to document its exact location, unless someone else planted that page in her diary as a diversion.
We're thinking that the skull Alex unearths must belong to whoever tried to strangle Sara, and it's a scandalous secret César has hid all these years. Perhaps he even buried the body there to frame Alex for yet another murder once he eventually got out of prison.
What does the Marifer as Diana the Huntress reveal mean?
It apparently means a lot more than we're initially led to believe.
Marifer was Sara's childhood best friend. She also participated in a threesome with Alex and Chema. We know that Marifer was facing a crisis the day Sara left for the lake and called Sara begging for help, which Sara blatantly ignored. This could indicate the two might have shared an unhealthy friendship; however, Sara trusted Marifer with the tape of Flor's vicious beating and asked her to hold onto it in case anything happened to her.
But when Marifer presents the tape to Alex, she makes it seem as though she wants nothing to do with Alex's quest to uncover the truth, which obviously contradicts her mission as Diana the Huntress.
What is her real motive as this anonymous internet identity? Revenge against Sara could be a factor, or possibly even against Alex. Could she have had something to do with Sara's death? And to add another point of confusion — how does Nicandro play into this? Marifer seems well-acquainted with him and somehow kept in contact with him until his untimely death. Nicandro was also on the boat that fateful day of Sara's apparent death, but was hardly given much screen time.
Whatever the case may be, the second season will surely unravel some of these theories.
What exactly is Elroy's deal, and should we assume he's dead?
Throughout the first season, we're handed a sprinkling of flashbacks that give us context for the present-day characters' motives and behavior. We initially gather that Elroy is some sort of subservient figure to the Lazcanos, but in a way that differs from their other big-shot operatives, namely, Sergio.
Elroy is feeble, scatter-brained, and honestly seems afraid of his own shadow, yet he has no problem pulling out a gun or running over a perceived traitor. We learn why this is as the season plays out.
As a young child, he was selected from an orphanage by none other than Mariana and has been a slave to her mercy ever since. The reason he wound up in an orphanage is also a key detail. At an age when he could barely string words together, he killed his parents in two separate occasions that were dubbed "accidents," which Mariana makes sure to remind him of whenever she needs his criminal mastery. There's more to Elroy than that even; he endured significant trauma as a victim of sexual abuse inflicted by his father and experiences another form of it from Mariana.
Once Alex gets closer to exposing the truth about Sara, Elroy's demons catch up to him, which brings us to the current situation that has him in a hospital bed. At various points in the season, we get a feeling that Elroy's guilt might cause him to snitch; it's clearly devouring his conscience. Mariana is well aware of this, and her sighting of Elisa in his hospital room just confirms her suspicions. Miraculously Elroy's oxygen levels seem to tank after this, and Mariana has that same look of eerie calm mixed with forced concern when the doctors come rushing in.
Does Elroy still make it? We're not sure, but the chances are looking rather slim.
What's up with Clara's relationship with Chema?
Remember when Chema first tried to convince Lorenzo to have his friend Clara be their surrogate, pleading with Lorenzo that Clara loved him like a brother? It turns out she may indeed love him — just as a romantic partner instead.
Beyond the obvious act of voyeurism we witness, something about her attachment to Chema feels off. It almost seems like she's using his kindness against him, managing to drive a wedge in his relationship with Lorenzo at the hands of her abusive ex.
It's all too convenient now that Lorenzo is finding a new place to stay, prompted by his frustration over Chema's loyalty to Clara despite the mess her involvement has caused. Clara has successfully established her place in their home and now has Chema all to herself, which seems like the perfect setup for the moves she makes on him, as seen in the season two trailer.
An even more confusing element is also at play here — Marifer's involvement. The trailer shows Clara and Marifer consulting each other about a plan they had for Chema, which raises the question of how these two characters are connected. This seems like an interesting side plot that could weave itself into the main storyline, seeing as how Marifer was Sara's close friend and clearly knows more than she lets on as Diana the Huntress.
Should Sofía fear for her safety?
Our immediate answer to this is yes, she should very much fear for her safety.
Mariana has proven to be just as ruthless as César in her own perverse way, so our guess is that she's "handling" the situation "as usual." Maybe she's learned a thing or two from the Sara crisis and isn't literally plotting Sofía's death, but we have a feeling she's stirring up something, and that it isn't any good.
Whether that's excommunicating Sofía or stripping away her rights to her child remains to be seen.
The season two trailer teases more of what's to come.
There are plenty of major moments in the under two-minute trailer for the new season:
Alex consults with Sara's doctor and updates Rodolfo on his findings.
A young Marifer appears to have been physically abused by Sara.
Both Elisa and Lorenzo are kidnapped, likely by separate offenders.
In a highly unusual move, it's hinted that César and Alex might be working together to save Elisa from her torturers.
An unknown man (Sara's father?) confronts Sara in the communal room of the hospital, demanding, "I have to hear it, if what you have in your veins is like what I have in mine."
Watch the full season two trailer below:
Season one of "Who Killed Sara?" is currently streaming on Netflix, and season two premieres on Wednesday.
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