“Fog of War” is the quintessential penultimate episode, setting the stage for a dramatic finale in which the truth is finally revealed.
This recap of Dare Me Season 1, Episode 9, “Fog of War”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The question of the day, and of Dare Me Episode 9, is who killed Sarge Will? The list of suspects isn’t too long, but giving away that nugget of information would be a mistake in this penultimate installment. “Fog of War” is smart to stretch the secret to breaking point, allowing its repercussions to spread and percolate while the finale waits only an episode away.
With Will’s death public and believed to be a suicide, Addy and Beth are united against the “grief vampires” – which is a great term, by the way. Both are invited to a warehouse party for those who actually knew the late Will; those who didn’t know him, meanwhile, such as Addy’s mother, who is investigating his death, continued to be sucked in by the black-hole gravity of his demise. Kurtz lingers, reminding everyone that he probably had something to do with it.
But, though, there’s always Beth; smug and knowing as ever, she searches for her own clues while, inadvertently or otherwise, making Addy reconsider her approach to disposing of evidence. At the warehouse party, Addy does the obvious thing: Gets blind drunk. Slow-motion and haunting visions abound. Kurtz, again, lingers.
It seems whoever Beth talks to in Dare Me Episode 9, she plants seeds of doubt. The trouble with secrets is that, no matter how deep you bury them, they have a habit of wriggling free, such as with Addy’s paper-thin excuses. Beth, for all her faults, isn’t stupid. And neither is Addy’s mother, who picks up on every shred of info that is allowed to slip. With the circumstances surrounding Will’s death much more suspicious than a regular suicide, and a Post-It note suggestion that Colette must be sad about the death, it’s clear that the finale has plenty in store.
For once, the unwillingness of “Fog of War” to actually push the narrative forwards works to the show’s benefit, with the tension extended throughout Dare Me Season 1, Episode 9 to excellent effect. There’s nowhere else for the story to go now other than outward; the truth has to come out, and it’s unlikely that only the culprit will suffer – if the culprit suffers at all.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.