Did The Cry's finale feature a major plot hole?

Anna Bonet
Photo credit: Synchronicity Films Ltd/Lachlan Moore

From Digital Spy

Note: This article contains major spoilers for The Cry episode 4

Last night, viewers were gripped by the final instalment of BBC One's The Cry. The dark and twisty four-part drama has been praised by both critics and the people of Twitter – with everyone particularly in awe of Jenna Coleman's stellar performance.

The ending itself has also been applauded, with fans satisfied that Coleman's Joanna finally got one over on her controlling and deceitful partner, Alistair.

That's great and everything... but are all we missing a huge plot hole?

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It's to do with baby Noah's burial. We found out in the last half hour of the show that Alistair (Ewen Leslie) had lied to Joanna about where he'd buried their son. Suspecting that the police would follow their every move (which, to give credit where it's due, he was right about), he'd taken her to the bottom of a completely random tree, and we were presented with a heartbreaking scene of Joanna lying with her hand and side of her face in the mossy ground where she believes her son's body to be.

Photo credit: Synchronicity Films Ltd/Lachlan Moore

Later, in the fateful car ride, Alistair admits to her that this was a complete lie. It turns out this was a bad time for him to do so, as it tips Joanna over the edge – quite literally. She undoes her fiancé's seatbelt and drives the two of them off the cliff.

However, in the closing scenes Joanna works out where the true burial place is: beneath the new build home where Alistair had taken her just before they left Australia. There were several clues along the way, but when Jo sees Alistair had set the photo he took of her inside the house as his phone background, it all falls into place.

Realising that she must have been standing above the spot where Noah is buried, Joanna buys and moves into the house. The final shot is of her lying on the wooden floor, just as she has done beneath the tree.

Photo credit: Synchronicity Films Ltd/Anne Binckebanck

But here's where there's a big plot hole: if Noah is buried underneath the new build, why didn't the builders of the house come across his body?

They'd have spent a lot of time at the construction site, and, we're no engineers but we're pretty sure you have to dig into the ground to build the foundations of any house. It's a miracle that they didn't find him in the process.

We also can't help but point out what a coincidence it was that the house was still on the market when Joanna is proved not guilty all those months later. For someone who hasn't had much luck over the course of the series, all this is pretty damn convenient.

But maybe – just maybe – this plot hole is going to be explained in a second season. Because of course we could be wrong. What if a construction worker did, in fact, notice something? If there is going to be another season, perhaps this will come back to haunt Joanna. Maybe she hasn't got closure on this whole thing, after all...

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