Last week, BBC America’s brilliant whodunit Broadchurch took another tragic turn when Jack Marshall (David Bradley) was found dead on the beach, presumably having committed suicide after being hounded by both the press and the town about the past he never wanted to revisit. We learned he went to prison for having sex with a girl just shy of her 16th birthday. When he got out, he married her. She was 17, he was 40. They had a son together. The boy died in a car accident when he was 6. His mother had been driving. The grief tore Jack’s marriage apart, and he moved to Broadchurch for a fresh start. He did like to hug the boys in the Sea Brigade – not because he’s a pedophile, but because he missed holding his son. (Now we know why we saw Danny’s mother, Beth, ask to hug Tom before. This show is so good about threading things in that only afterward do you realize were tiny clues.)
Because we have three more episodes in the season, including tonight’s, it’s safe to assume Jack truly wasn’t the killer. We’re also prepared to rule the family out (how lovely was it to see Beth and Mark not fight for a moment?) and have narrowed our suspect list. Watch our sneak peek of this evening’s hour below. The clip is a manual on how producers captivate us. Then name the killer in our weekly poll!