‘The Afterparty’ Season 2 ending defined: Who killed Edgar?

After treating us to Wes Anderson homages, Regency romances, and different pleasant style send-ups, The Afterparty’s second season has lastly revealed who killed tech mogul Edgar (Zach Woods) — and why.


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Because the Season 2 finale opens, the police plan to arrest Grace (Poppy Liu) for Edgar’s homicide. To them, she’s an apparent suspect, on condition that her current marriage to Edgar permits her to profit financially from his loss of life. However Aniq (Sam Richardson) and Danner (Tiffany Haddish), who’ve been investigating previous to the police’s arrival, suppose in any other case. In traditional whodunnit trend, they sit all of the suspects down collectively for one final try to crack the case. After some last-minute realizations and extra key testimonies, they arrive to the conclusion that the killer is none aside from — spoiler incoming! — Ulysses (John Cho). On high of that, they be taught that Edgar wasn’t even his meant sufferer, and that his loss of life was an unlucky accident.

So how do Aniq and Danner resolve the thriller? And what may very well be subsequent for a possible third season of The Afterparty? Let’s break it down.

Danner and Aniq flip to 1 final suspect: Zoë.

A woman in a red dress screams as a small dog leaps at her throat.

Zoë Chao in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

Whereas the police search Isabel’s (Elizabeth Perkins) mansion for proof, Aniq and Danner wrestle with the truth that they do not have a transparent thought of who killed Edgar. Their suspicions reluctantly flip to the one one who was absent from the afterparty: Zoë (Zoë Chao). May she have been making ready to kill Edgar whereas everybody else was within the library?

Zoë definitely appears responsible when Aniq and Danner start questioning her, speaking about how she did not “imply to kill him.” Nevertheless, it seems that the “him” she’s referring to is Isabel’s historical canine Colonel, who attacked her whereas she was attempting to depart a duplicate of her maid of honor speech in Grace’s suitcase. The entire sequence performs out like a campy horror movie, ending with Zoë launching Colonel out the window to his loss of life.

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Or so she thinks! Colonel is alive and nicely, having bounced off of Isabel’s trampoline. That explains Edgar’s remark about seeing a “bounding hound of hell” on the afterparty. That is one tiny piece of the thriller solved, however there’s nonetheless way more to uncover.

Edgar was by no means the true homicide goal in The Afterparty Season 2.

A bride and groom at their wedding.

Zach Woods and Poppy Liu in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

With time working out, Danner finds inspiration in Isabel’s idea that Edgar was initially attempting to homicide her. She believed he’d poisoned her piece of the marriage cake, so she switched their slices on the reception to ensure his plot backfired. Whereas the timing on that concept would not fairly add up with Edgar’s time of loss of life, Danner realizes that there is a good probability Edgar was by no means the true goal of the Satan’s Trumpet poison. In any case, an identical swap may have occurred on the afterparty, the place the friends had been having fun with simply poisonable drinks.

All this time, everybody had been assuming Edgar was the homicide goal as a result of everybody had a motive to kill him. The one individual with out a clear motive for wanting Edgar useless was Ulysses, however he definitely had a motive to kill another person: his half-brother, Feng (Ken Jeong).


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Personally, I am hardly ever a fan of homicide mysteries the place the sufferer is not the meant goal, as a result of the reveal dangers feeling like an inexpensive “gotcha” moderately than a satisfying puzzle. Within the case of Ulysses, although, the clues have been planted all through. As we be taught within the latter half of the season, Ulysses had an intense, ballroom dance-fueled affair with Feng’s spouse Vivian (Vivian Wu). Even after Vivian ended the affair and selected to stick with Feng, Ulysses nonetheless cherished her. With Feng gone, he may step in to consolation and woo Vivian yet again. All he wanted to do was slip him some Satan’s Trumpet — a plant he acknowledged as toxic due to his many worldly travels.

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How did Ulysses plan to kill Feng? And the way did he find yourself killing Edgar as a substitute?

A man sitting in a chair leaning his cheek on one hand.

John Cho in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

After he received his palms on the Satan’s Trumpet from Hannah’s (Anna Konkle) eccentric backyard, Ulysses common a tea in his consuming horn, utilizing scorching water from the obnoxiously lengthy bathe he took in Aniq and Zoë’s room. Then on the afterparty, he poured the tea into the whiskey he gave Feng as a peace providing.

Here is the place his plan went downhill. Feng set the glass down when he supplied Edgar a style of his bao bing, however when he left, he picked up Edgar’s glass, leaving the poisoned glass behind. A video shot by Feng’s worker Kyler (Zack Calderon) confirms the swap, catching Ulysses red-handed.

There are different clues to Ulysses’s guilt too: In his account of his wedding ceremony night time chat with Vivian, he tells her about attempting to get a paternity check for Grace. Nevertheless in Vivian’s account, advised as an ’80s cleaning soap opera, she would not point out the check in any respect, which means the check was only a cowl for Ulysses tampering with the whiskey glass. Feng’s extraordinarily energetic habits the morning after the marriage additionally signifies he drank from Edgar’s glass, which had been laced with Adderall by Grace.

However maybe the largest clue of all is simply how related Ulysses is to Season 1’s assassin, Yasper (Ben Schwartz). Each distract Aniq and Danner with various varieties of showmanship: Yasper along with his musical bangers, and Ulysses along with his dance drama. Critically, who can deal with a potential homicide suspect when a rain-soaked Ulysses is dancing his coronary heart out to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”? Actually not me: Dance and “Careless Whisper” are my kryptonite.

The Afterparty Season 2 offers principally everybody a cheerful ending.

A smiling woman in orange sits on a chair on a white porch, while a smiling man and woman stand behind her.

Anna Konkle, Zoë Chao, and Sam Richardson in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

With Ulysses caught and Grace off the hook, The Afterparty units about wrapping up everybody’s tales. Grace indicators her prenup, which leaves most of Edgar’s fortune with Isabel whereas nonetheless giving her sufficient cash to assist Feng get his bao bing enterprise again on observe. In the meantime, Travis (Paul Walter Hauser) ideas off his “Reddit military” concerning the crypto coin Bucephalus, the worth of which skyrockets after Sebastian (Jack Whitehall) sells it off in a “fireplace sale.” Isabel fires him consequently, leaving him excessive and dry (though I am certain he’ll discover a new heist to get pleasure from).

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Elsewhere, love is within the air. Grace and Hannah are lastly capable of pursue their relationship publicly, and Vivian and Feng’s marriage is stronger than ever. In addition they give Aniq their blessing for him to suggest to Zoë, just for her to show round and suggest to him first!

Danner additionally solves her author’s block due to Aniq. He factors out how unusual it’s that she’d select to write down a ebook when her complete approach revolves round thoughts films. With that, it is off to Hollywood for Danner, the place one 12 months later she is directing a film about Xavier’s homicide. A jaw-dropping cameo-fest ensues as The Afterparty reveals the movie’s forged: Daniel Radcliffe is enjoying Xavier, Keke Palmer is enjoying Danner, Elijah Wooden is enjoying Yasper, Gemma Chan is enjoying Zoë, and Jaleel White is enjoying Aniq. Additionally, White and Danner are engaged. Joyful endings for all! (Aside from Sebastian.)

What’s in retailer for The Afterparty Season 3?

A man with his hands on his hips and a woman with her arms crossed looking quizzical.

Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao in “The Afterparty.”
Credit score: Apple TV+

Whereas The Afterparty has but to be announce a Season 3 renewal, the reveal that Danner is capturing a film raises an thrilling new risk for the place a Season 3 homicide may happen. We have already seen afterparties for a highschool reunion and a marriage — what if Season 3 takes us to the afterparty of Danner’s film premiere?

Give it some thought: Zoë and Aniq would nonetheless be within the combine, together with Danner and among the different characters from Season 1. The Afterparty may additionally make Danner’s movie’s stars like Radcliffe and Palmer into suspects, permitting actors to play heightened or inaccurate variations of themselves, à la James Marsden in Jury Responsibility. That alone opens us as much as some wild mind-movie potentialities. Would White’s interior monologue resemble an episode of Household Issues, or Wooden’s an epic fantasy movie (a style I desperately need to see The Afterparty deal with) like Lord of the Rings? Or do they view themselves in completely totally different lights? This is only one route The Afterparty may take, however regardless of the present does subsequent, I am definitely excited for a brand new thriller.

The Afterparty Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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