The Bay season 3 ending explained

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The Bay season 3 finale spoilers follow.

The third season of ITV’s The Bay has featured a new crime to puzzle over – the murder of boxer Saif Rahman – as well as the introduction of new family liaison officer (FLO) DS Jenn Townsend.

Newly moved to Morecambe with her daughter Maddie and son Conor, Jenn has to try and do her new job while facing conflict at home. Conor struggles with settling in to their new blended family alongside Jenn’s boyfriend Chris and his unwelcoming teenage daughter Erin. By the penultimate episode it looked like the family tensions could permanently damage Jenn and Chris’s relationship.

The case Jenn is working on has fractured a family, too – after young boxer Saif’s beaten body washed up in the bay, numerous people became potential suspects, including Saif’s aunt and uncle, who had been involved in a match-fixing scam, and local Vinnie, who runs the failing gym where Saif trained.

Saif’s bereaved mum Mariam, meanwhile, has been taking solace in bottles of gin hidden under the kitchen sink, much to her youngest son Jamal’s alarm.

The final episode of the series has Jenn still trying to juggle her private life with the complex murder case she is investigating. So does she solve the case and discover who killed Saif? Here’s all you need to know.

Who murdered Saif?

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Photo credit: ITV

The season-three finale begins with poor Chris waking up on the sofa after his and Jenn’s argument the night before. Jenn suggests that maybe the couple moved in together too quickly, and perhaps things would be best if she and her kids moved out.

While you’d expect Chris’s stroppy madam of a daughter to start celebrating, Erin actually looks a tiny bit guilty – it seems it has finally dawned on her that the moods and mean treatment of Conor could be one of the reasons the relationship between her dad and Jenn is so strained.

Meanwhile Shirin – the teenage girl who was the last to see Saif alive – is at the police station being re-interviewed, while Jenn leaves the glaring looks of teenagers at home and heads to the Rahman household to see how they are coping. Mariam asks Jen to go to the boxing gym to retrieve Saif’s things, because Vinnie is closing the place down and clearing everything out.

At Vinnie’s gym, Jenn looks at the various trophies on display and realises that before Saif joined, his friend Ritchie had been the one winning boxing awards. Vinnie tells her the boys’ friendship had become a rivalry when Saif’s talent eclipsed Ritchie’s. Could Ritchie have killed Saif out of jealousy?

Ritchie is then arrested and a swab is taken to see if his DNA matches the blood found inside Saif’s broken phone. It does, but when Jenn and DI Tony Manning interrogate Ritchie and accuse him of murder, he vehemently denies killing Saif but refuses to say any more. The team decide to continue to question Shirin, hoping that since Ritchie is her boyfriend she may reveal something useful.

Jenn returns home to find Erin, who has presumably finished her pouting for the day, and asks for her help. She shows Erin a list of the people who attended Saif’s funeral and asks if there is anyone Ritchie could be protecting – maybe someone who Erin would have expected to see at the funeral but wasn’t there.

Instead, Erin says she is surprised at someone who was at the funeral – Kyle, the brother of Saif’s girlfriend (and Erin’s best friend) Molly. Erin reveals that Kyle was never Saif’s friend, even though he had told the police that he was.

Armed with this information, Jenn dashes off to the car repair garage run by Kyle’s family. She is searching for a car like the one spotted on CCTV after Saif’s death that may have been used to transport his body from where the police think he died (outside the gym) to the bay where he was found. And when she spots an extremely shiny red BMW in the garage, she scratches the paintwork to reveal the distinctive black and white paint that was caught on camera.

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Photo credit: ITV

While Jenn is calling Manning for back up, Kyle – who had been working/hiding underneath one of the cars – runs out and drives off in the suspicious car, and Jenn follows in hot pursuit.

Cornered by the police (maybe he shouldn’t have chosen such a flashy red motor as his getaway vehicle), Kyle is arrested and taken for questioning at the police station. Finally the truth comes out as Ritchie, Kyle and Shirin all reveal what happened on the night Saif died.

It seems that Kyle had always been hanging around Saif and Ritchie, even though they didn’t like him. Ritchie had had enough of Saif being treated better at the gym than everyone else and acting arrogantly, so he asked his girlfriend Shirin (whom he knew Saif liked) to lure Saif to the back entrance of the gym at night so he could teach his former friend a lesson.

Once there, Ritchie challenged Saif while Kyle, who had encouraged Ritchie, stood in the background. Ritchie and Saif had a fistfight – during the punch-up, Saif’s phone was smashed, which explained how Ritchie’s blood got inside it – but when Saif got the upper hand over Ritchie, Kyle stepped in and smashed him over the head with some piping.

Horrified, Ritchie ran off, but Kyle continued to hit Saif, bludgeoning him to death. He then called his dad Michael for help, and it was Michael and Kyle who drove Saif’s body from the gym and tossed it into the bay.

The episode’s conclusion reveals that Ritchie, Kyle and Sirin will all be charged with conspiracy to murder, while Michael will be charged with aiding and abetting for his role in the disposing of Saif’s body.

While Vinnie closes the gym for good, the Rahman family reunites with Mariam asking for the support of her ex-boyfriend Ray in conquering her addiction, and Manning goes to celebrate his son’s graduation.

Erin finally apologises to Conor for her behaviour, and seeing that their kids may now try to get along, Jenn and Chris decide to continue living together as the family heads out for tea on the seafront.

Let’s just hope no new bodies float up in the bay while they are enjoying their dinner…

The Bay season 3 is available now on the ITV Hub.

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