If you have not already watched Behind Her Eyes, Netflix’s adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s 2018 novel, then I like to recommend you flip again now, as a result of I am about to spoil the hell out of the large “twist” on the finish of the collection. If there’s one praise we might give the present, it is that it is a trustworthy remake of the guide, other than some minute particulars that do not alter the story an excessive amount of. The present retains the guide’s most significant plot factors, which sadly consists of the story’s twisted finale. It is an ending that manages to show the complete story on its head and does justice for none of the characters — particularly not the girl on the middle of all of it.
To be truthful, the collection hints on the massive twist all through every episode. Louise (performed by Simona Brown), a single mom seeking to mingle, bumps into the good-looking David (Tom Bateman) after being ghosted on a date. Although the 2 are immediately attracted to at least one one other, it goes crashing when Louise learns that not solely is David married, however he is additionally her boss! David’s spouse, Adele (Eve Hewson), appears anticipating friendship, and though she’s nonetheless interested in the girl’s husband, Louise strikes up a secretive friendship along with her.
Issues take a flip for the more severe when Louise and David cease resisting their attraction to at least one one other and begin an affair, additional entangling the mom of 1 in David’s estranged marriage. As Louise makes an attempt to unravel the thriller that’s Adele and David’s union, she finds solace within the lucid dreaming she learns from the journal of Adele’s late buddy Rob. Close to the top of the collection, Louise finds herself in Adele’s crosshairs when her affair with David is found. The revelation results in the large twist: Adele is basically Rob, who switched our bodies along with her by way of the artwork of lucid dreaming, a talent that Adele mastered after having suffered from night time terrors.
For those who had been additionally questioning why this was occurring, stick with me. Adele met Rob in a psychiatric hospital when she was youthful, and the 2 shortly turned inseparable. Although it initially appears Rob is in love with Adele, he reveals that he prefers males. When Adele invitations Rob to her house to introduce him to the love of her life, David, it is clear the older man is strictly Rob’s kind. Rob, a heroin addict who hungers for the wealth and seemingly excellent life that Adele has, convinces Adele to change our bodies with him through lucid dreaming. He strikes whereas Adele is caught in his physique, killing his greatest buddy to imagine her id.
All of it involves a head when he does the identical to Louise. Rob orchestrates Louise’s homicide by taking up her physique, leaving Louise trapped in Adele’s physique, pumped filled with heroin. He units the home on fireplace with an unconscious Louise in Adele’s physique inside, making it appear to be Adele took her personal life. Rob assumes Louise’s id and marries David, who’s none the wiser about how a lot of his life has been a lie.
Whereas many see this narrative misdirect as a superb twist, I am unable to assist however lament Louise’s function as a puppet for Rob’s machinations, the shortage of company for Adele, poor David’s depressing love life, and even Rob! Initially, what’s in any other case a grounded and suspenseful thriller instantly turns into one thing surreal and supernatural when it did not must be. We might have had a story that’s simply as melodramatic with out taking away the company of each single lady and casting the only real gay-identifying character as a body-snatching parasite.
Having a Black lady’s company robbed as a result of a white man decides to make use of her physique as a way to an finish is . . . a selection.
Though Brown brilliantly portrays the loneliness that compels Louise to fall in love with a married man and befriend his spouse, she will be able to’t save the truth that Louise is only a puppet to additional alongside the story. Of Louise, we solely know the details essential to determine her motives for sleeping with David and that she wants assist with night time terrors. Aside from a greatest buddy who disappears after the primary act, Louise is seemingly alone other than her son. She’s additionally the one Black character within the collection, which is smart as a result of if she had a Black buddy, they’d have been much more vehement about her appearing a idiot for a person with a spouse who’s appearing all kinds of disturbing. And to that finish, having a Black lady’s company robbed as a result of a white man decides to make use of her physique as a way to an finish is . . . a selection.
Talking of Rob, what a rattling mess! I might have liked to have Rob as a completely dwelling member of the forged, as a result of his character is without doubt one of the most intriguing. He is an addict and poor — he longs for the posh that he sees Adele dwelling in, though he disregards the fact of how she stumbled on that wealth. He is egocentric, merciless, and ruthless, a personality who’s at all times enjoyable to hate once they’re doing no matter to get what they need. However to have his character kill two ladies and invade their our bodies so he can have a relationship with a straight man is one other selection that might have completed with a bit extra considering within the drafts.
To cite the long-lasting Anna Shay from Netflix’s Bling Empire, “There ain’t no d*ck that good.”
Between David having no concept who he is been married to and having intercourse with for years and Adele being killed by one of the best buddy she regarded as household so quickly after dropping her dad and mom to a home fireplace, it is simply an excessive amount of. That one twist makes what might have been an enchanting relationship thriller (I assumed we had been happening the polygamy route!) turn into a surreal mess. I am pouring one out for what might have been.