The Bridge: "Vendetta"

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen The Bridge Season 1, Ep. 8 – “Vendetta”.

Oh, Bridge, this is why I can’t quit you.

“Vendetta” turned out to be one of the most exciting and forward moving episodes of the season. In fact, just one short episode after I laughed at the idea of catching the killer so early in the season, The Beast was revealed. Of course there are still four more episodes to go, so catching him will probably prove to be quite difficult.

For a show so expansive and unconcerned with connecting its characters the reveal of David Tate as The Beast was surprisingly logical. Not that I suspected Alma’s nerdy lover might be an evil mastermind (although I did find him shady), but the context of his killings made an infinite amount of sense. Granted, usually when a killer is found the killings start to make more sense, but that was never a guarantee with The Bridge.

So the story goes, years ago Marco was partnered with David Tate, an FBI agent. He was also screwing his wife. Jill Tate planned on leaving David for Marco, but en route to Juarez she was hit by Santi Jr., a rich kid playboy making a drug run for him and his friend Daniel Frye. Tate took the death of his wife and daughter hard and subsequently concocted a massive plan for revenge that included faking his own death and getting extremely close to Alma. See, sense!

Except it’s still The Bridge so there’s still some things that bug.  For one, while we can (kind of) see how Daniel Frye fits into this now, how would Tate have known who Santi was with before he got into that car? Furthermore, while the inclusion of Marco and the killing of Santi make perfect sense from a revenge angle, none of the other murders really fit. All of the previous murders have had the central theme of border patrol; from the immigrant murders to the two toned body to the frame up of Jack Childress.

But what does that have to do with Jill Tate’s death? Was all the Juarez vs. El Paso stuff merely a cover so he could kill Santi without being considered? But then why leave bloody fingerprints and a giant bead to clearly implicate yourself in all the killings? Clearly Tate has a plan and clearly we just have to keep on trusting that eventually everything will make sense.

In a normal crime drama, by the time the killer is revealed (usually in the last or second to last episode) the whys and the hows have already been discovered by the investigative team. But The Bridge isn’t a normal crime drama and so the killer has been revealed but we’ll have to wait for the whys and the hows.

We’ll also have to wait to see how all the periphery storylines fit in. Daniel Frye has kind of been explained, but that still leaves Linder and Charlotte waving in the wind.

Clearly trouble is headed Charlotte’s way soon though. As we knew, Ray’s friend was being supported by the federal agents and unbeknownst to Ray he just handed the cartel a box of transmitters or, as it’s known in Juarez, a death warrant. Linder on the other hand seems to having a rough go of it after whatever punishment Galvan doled out. He’s also on some sort of mission that I assume will only end badly.

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