Behind Her Eyes spoilers follow.
Those of you who came to Netflix's Behind Her Eyes without any knowledge of Sarah Pinborough's novel are probably feeling a little big fragile right now and honestly, who can blame you?
To recap: present-day Adele wasn't Adele at all, but Rob, a heroin addict who had befriended the real Adele during her stint in rehab. The pair formed a solid, us-against-the-world bond and on departing the treatment centre, she insisted that he visit her, and he happily accepted.
But that was Adele's greatest mistake.
On meeting Adele's fiancé David, Rob decided that he didn't just want a version of their love-filled life together, but the very thing itself, and he took it without hesitation.
He convinced Adele to astral project alongside him, which allowed Rob to claim her body for himself, leaving her trapped inside his.
The real Adele, now contained within Rob's body, had already been weakened following the hit of heroin that he had taken earlier. That rendered Adele powerless as Rob, now in possession of her body, injected her with more, which finished Adele off for good.
Rob (as Adele) then slung his old body into the deep, dark well and that's where the real Adele remained, with David totally unaware of the fate that had befallen his wife-to-be.
The same horror was inflicted on Louise and with her firmly out of the picture, Rob had found another way to hold on to David.
The series wrapped up with a just-married Rob (as Louise) and David discussing honeymoon options. But Louise's son Adam, who was sat in the back of the car, had sensed a change in his "mum", and not one for the better.
The finale certainly provides a springboard for a second season, but just because it's do-able, it doesn't mean that its creators should charge ahead.
The most pressing issue at the end of season one is Adam who, in Rob's eyes, is a stain on his happily ever after with David. Rob has zero interest in being a parent, or anything else for that matter, because his only concern is the man who he has just married, and as we've witnessed, Rob will go to any length to keep hold of David.
He could palm Adam off on his dad, or he could orchestrate a more sinister outcome for Louise's son. But either way, both approaches involve child trauma and while we can stomach adults being put through the wringer to a certain extent, the prospect of it taking the ugliest of turns is a step too far, and would suck the fun out of the proceedings altogether.
There's also the problem of repetition.
Rob, through his cunning and resolve, has succeeded in securing a fresh slate for himself and David, but if the plot was to head in that direction, he risks alienating Adele's former partner because such cruelty towards Adam simply doesn't chime with the reality of Louise. Sure, he could potentially explain it away as a symptom of the trauma that he (as Louise) now carries following the death of "Adele", but eyebrows would be raised given her affection towards David.
The emotional gulf between Rob (as Adele) and David was the central theme of the first chapter, dominating their interactions and powering the story forwards. To retread that same ground in a second season would wield less narrative power and serve up more of the same, and there really is no way to avoid those cracks showing because Rob is not the woman that David fell in love with.
But the biggest barrier is that we now know it was Rob pulling the strings all along. The jig is up and with that head-spinning detail exposed, the story has played the ultimate ace up its sleeve. To match that, or go one greater feels like an impossible task.
Where, as they say, do we go from here?
Could we see Rob employing his mastery of lucid dreaming and astral projecting yet again to ward off those who threaten his life with David? Without the element of surprise, it would feel somewhat uninventive in comparison, and could also tip the show into Winx Saga or Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina territory, which isn't what viewers want from these characters.
Instead, it's much more satisfying, and unsettling, to daydream about what happened next. The power of the unseen is often so much more potent, and Louise's unnerving smile, resembling that of the doppelgänger's in Jordan Peele's Us, is the perfect place to stop.
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