Warning! This article contains spoilers for A Murder At The End Of The World.
- The first two episodes of “A Murder at the End of the World” introduce the mystery of Bill’s unsaid message to Darby before he is murdered, creating a puzzle that could solve the murder.
- Bill’s serious demeanor suggests that his message to Darby was important and he wanted to ensure no one else could hear it, possibly indicating that he knew something about the retreat’s organizers that most other guests didn’t.
- The theory suggests that Lee, the retreat organizer, invited Darby to the retreat because Bill had revealed her ulterior motives to him, and Lee wanted to silence him before he could share the information with Darby. Lee might be misguiding Darby into believing that someone from Ronson’s guest list is responsible for Bill’s murder.
What Bill was about to tell Darby before leaving for his room in episode 1 remains one of the biggest mysteries after A Murder at the End of the World‘s first two episodes. In its episode 1, A Murder at the End of the World starts slowly by initially introducing its primary characters and their potential narrative connections with each other. To give viewers a glimpse into Darby and Bill’s relationship, the episode also walks through a segment of their backstory, explaining what led to their separation. However, once Darby arrives at the central retreat, the episode drops its first big twist by revealing how Bill has also been invited to the venue.
Although initially surprised, Darby tries warming up to Bill by going out for a walk with him. After some initial banter about their previous relationship, Bill gets serious and tells Darby that he needs to tell her something. When Darby refuses to come close to him and listen, Bill leaves for his room. Moments later, before A Murder at the End of the World‘s episode 1 ends, Bill gets murdered by an unknown killer, establishing that Bill’s unknown message to Darby might have been a crucial piece in the puzzle that could solve the mystery of his murder.
Bill’s Unsaid Words To Darby Will Likely Reveal His Killer
When Bill asks Darby to come close to him so that he can tell her something, Darby does not take him too seriously and tries to resist by joking about it. Bill responds that she scares him and then walks back to his room. Bill’s serious demeanor in the episode 1 scene suggests that he had something important to tell her, and the fact that he asked her to come close to him to say it could mean that he wanted to ensure no one else could hear them. While it is hard to speculate what Bill wanted to say based on the details provided in episodes 1 and 2, it seems likely he knew something about the retreat’s organizers that most other guests didn’t.
The opening episodes of A Murder at the End of the World establish that Bill and Lee have a history. This could mean that Lee might have told him something about her ulterior motives for inviting guests to the retreat. While it is yet to be seen what Lee truly wants, Lee probably started second-guessing Bill after Darby showed up and suspected that he would spill her secret plan to Darby. Therefore, before Bill could do that, she murdered him. She later went to his room to ensure that he was not hiding any evidence that would give away the details of her final plan. If Bill had revealed Lee’s plan to Darby, Darby would have been suspicious of Lee from the very beginning.
The above is only a running theory based on the details provided in A Murder at the End of the World‘s episodes 1 and 2.
Did Bill Know That Darby Would Be At The Iceland Retreat?
When Darby first saw Bill during the welcome dinner in A Murder at the End of the World‘s episode 1, she was so shocked that she started choking on her food. Bill, on the other hand, barely reacted after sitting across from her on the table. This alone establishes that Bill likely knew Darby was invited to the Iceland retreat. Since Bill was close friends with Lee anyway, she must have told him who she was inviting Darby to the retreat. It is also possible that Bill had already told her everything about Darby, which convinced her to invite her to the get-together. However, if the above theory holds true and Lee does have ulterior motives, why would she invite a sleuth to the retreat?
What Bill’s Reveal To Darby Could Have Been
In A Murder at the End of the World‘s episode 1, Andy Ronson proudly acknowledges the people he invited to the retreat and looks down on the ones Lee invited by claiming he has no clue what they are doing there. This seems to suggest that Lee has hidden motives that even Andy is unaware of. Lee’s guest list also includes people who are the anti-thesis of the ones on Ronson’s. For instance, while Ronson invited pioneers in AI and robotics like Lui Mei and Oliver, Lee called activists like Bill and Rohan to the venue. While only time will tell how these narrative threads will ultimately intersect, Lee could be planning to take down her husband’s empire.
She initially must have told Bill about her plan because Bill, too, was against technology. However, when she got suspicious about whose side he was on after Darby’s arrival, she decided to get him out of the way. Realizing how Darby could be a threat, Lee is probably trying to misguide her into believing that Andy or someone from his guest list is responsible for Bill’s murder. The real reason why Lee could be doing this in A Murder at the End of the World remains a mystery, but it could have something to do with her past, given how her haters had used AI technology to taint her online reputation.