“The Third Victim” boasts both big reveals and puzzling turns as the penultimate episode gets all its ducks in a row for the finale.
This recap of The Mess You Leave Behind episode 7, “The Third Victim”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Despite all the really awful things that have happened to Raquel throughout this show, I think the only time I’ve ever actually felt anything for her is watching her carry her dead dog’s ashes home. The moment doesn’t last long, though, since she’s quickly running into the touchy-feely arms of Mauro in service of a rather predictable reveal that suggests this show is going to end with something of a whimper.
German, on that subject, is usually the type for whimpers, but he wants to get his bark on for Nerea and Roi since he’s so torn up about the dog. He confronts and threatens both of them, which will come back to spite him later. “The Third Victim” also introduces a fracturing among the trio of students, with Nerea and Roi both commenting on each other’s changed personalities, and Roi taking it upon himself to snoop around Iago’s house. There, he breaks into his laptop and finds something damning and surprising enough that he immediately calls Raquel and tells her he’s on his way to see her.
Of course, he never makes it, is badly beaten by parties unseen, and ends up hospitalized. This incenses Raquel, who takes her frustration out on Nerea in class, and later, when Iago won’t spill anything to Nerea, a rift forms between them, too. It’s the penultimate episode, folks, and every relationship in sight is being tested.
The same thing is happening in the past, with Iago trying to antagonize Viruca in class, and Viruca insisting that they’re over. Naturally, Iago has evidence of their activities, but he also has evidence against his father, which he presents to Viruca on a flash drive with a warning not to watch its contents while anyone else is around. Sounds ominous.
Naturally, given the threats he made earlier, German is arrested for assaulting Roi, and Claudia blames Raquel for her son’s arrest, driving her towards Mauro, of all people. Nobody is buying this pairing – it’s such a nakedly transparent way of endangering Raquel in the finale that it’s difficult to tolerate, in all honesty. Mauro even creepily encourages Raquel to dress up in Viruca’s clothes, which she does with nary an argument. “The Third Victim” tries to get a bit fancy in this final sequence, with Raquel and Mauro’s lovemaking segueing into Viruca watching the flash drive’s contents and being decidedly shocked by what she sees. As Mauro and Raquel lay in bed together, we see proof that it was Mauro who killed Raquel’s doggo and tossed her house looking for Viruca’s phone. She knows how to pick ‘em, doesn’t she?
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