Cruel Summer star debunks Annabelle fan theory ahead of season 1 finale

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Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels - Getty Images

Cruel Summer spoilers follow.

Cruel Summer star Allius Barnes has debunked a major fan theory ahead of the season 1 finale.

The actor portrays Vince on the Freeform and Hulu drama, which unravels the mystery of whether or not Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) saw Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) held captive by their school's vice principal Martin Harris (Blake Lee) and kept it secret.

The show's first eight episodes have seen Jeanette file a defamation lawsuit against Kate, as both teens deny they are lying, and stoked the fires on a lot of bewildering fan theories along the way.

Photo credit: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels
Photo credit: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels

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One such theory pertains to the identity of Annabelle.

Introduced in episode 4, Annabelle appears to be a person or item introduced to Kate by Martin during her time in captivity and with just two episodes remaining, Allius has ruled out one potential outcome: Annabelle is not Kate or Martin's alter ego.

Asked about his favourite fan theories, Allius told Elite Daily: "A funny one [is] that Annabelle is Kate or Martin's alter-ego, and that Martin has passed on this different personality to Kate and trained her to become another person.

"That was pretty crazy. It sounds like a really good show. Unfortunately, it's not ours."

Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels - Getty Images

Another popular theory surrounding Annabelle's identity is that it's the name of a gun kept by Martin.

Other fans have guessed Annabelle is an ex-pupil of Martin's or Mallory (Harley Quinn Smith) in disguise and with "all the answers" to come, it looks like fans should brace themselves for an intense final two episodes.

Cruel Summer showrunner Tia Napolitano previously told TV Line: "We knew we had to do this right. We knew we had to deliver the actual truth. We couldn't fake the audience out.

Photo credit: Freeform/Bill Matlock
Photo credit: Freeform/Bill Matlock

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"We couldn't skip over it and just jump forward to a different mystery and brush past it. We knew we had to drill down and uncover the actual truth, and that's hard. There's a reason a lot of shows are unsatisfying at the end, because it's very hard to untie that knot that you've gotten yourself into.

"And we were just very thoughtful and very deliberate about it, and I hope we deliver."

Cruel Summer airs on Freeform and Hulu in the US.

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