Who Killed Sara? ending explained – Who is really to blame?

Abby Robinson
·5-min read
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From Digital Spy

Note: Contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Who Killed Sara? spoilers follow.

After 18 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, Alex Guzmán was hell-bent on hunting down his sister's killer and making them pay, even if that meant a permanent stint in jail after he'd finished.

The parachute that was supposed to keep Sara alive had been tampered with and she plummeted to her death in full view of her brother, her boyfriend Rodolfo Lazcano, his family and some of their inner circle.

Bar Elisa, the youngest Lazcano child, any one of them could have been responsible and the Mexican crime drama certainly had fun pointing the finger at each of the various players throughout its eight-episode run.

But as the first season drew to a close, we appeared to have our answer.

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Mariana, the Lazcano matriarch, had been told by Elroy, the family's minion, that Sara was pregnant with her husband's baby. He had watched from the shadows as the always-terrible Cesar had sex with his son's girlfriend on the dock under the moonlight at their summer home. Poor old Rodolfo, however, had zero idea and believed that he was going to be a father.

With revenge in her heart, she instructed Elroy to take the knife she placed in his hand and render the parachute unfit for use. He was also to ensure that Sara, and Sara alone, was the one to use it.

Prior to that, Mariana had encouraged her son's partner to live life to the full and seek out adventure before her pregnancy made that impossible, and Sara did just that. But her carefree spirit proved to be fatal.

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Cesar instructed his wife to call the hospital following Sara's fall, but Mariana only pretended to do so, clearly determined to ensure that there was no coming back from this.

She later chucked the knife into the lake and cleaned up the mess on the boat, wiping down all of the surfaces and disposing of anything that could incriminate the Lazcanos.

But, and this is a big but, we didn't actually see Elroy carry out Mariana's orders. We saw him holding the harness in one hand and the knife in another, but we didn't physically see him do it, and the expression on his face betrayed how little he wanted to go through with the plan. Did he back out at the last minute?

He encouraged Sara to use the parachute as instructed by Mariana, but was that simply a ploy to convince her that he had done as she'd asked, and he'd later play dumb about their scheme failing?

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If that was the case, someone else must be responsible. But who? It feels like Rodolfo is now too much of a long shot, but his brother José María aka Chema had something to gain from silencing Sara.

She knew that he was gay, something he hadn't yet told anyone about, after catching him filming her brother while he was in the shower. Could Chema have panicked and used the same knife given to him by Alex to destroy the parachute in the name of protecting his secret?

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Cesar appeared sincere, for the first time in the show, when he told his daughter Elisa that he was not responsible for Sara's death, but he certainly has motive. Not only was she carrying his baby, Sara also knew about the murder of Flor, a young woman who worked at his casino.

Cesar's right-hand man Sergio was also concerned that Sara not only knew about Flor's grisly fate, but had also stumbled upon his stash of tapes that indicated that other women had suffered in a similar manner. Could he have taken it upon himself to silence her?

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There's also the pressing matter of the skull buried in the Guzmán's garden, with a bullet hole slap bang in the centre of its forehead. Who does that belong to? And who carried out the killing?

The flashback suggested Cesar is guilty given that we saw him firing a gun at *someone*, but could Sara have done it?

Just as season one was about to wrap up, we learned some troubling information about her. Alex found one of her diaries hidden in the wall of their family home in which she discussed not wanting to live any more. We saw Alex asking a man who appeared to be a psychiatrist about his sister's past, and Elisa described Sara as possibly being "more dangerous than she appeared to be".

The final shot was of Sara slamming her head into a mirror with such force that she cracked the glass.

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We also know that Sara and her best friend Marifer, who was the person behind the Diana the Huntress alias, had a dispute that drove them apart.

"Things between us didn't end very well," she said, while Sara could be seen smashing up her bedroom in a white hot rage.

Earlier in the series, a distressed Marifer called Sara, begging her to come and help her. But she refused and we never found out the reason behind Marifer's anguish. How is the breakdown in their relationship linked to Sara's eventual demise? What is Marifer's role in all of this?

So. Many. Questions.

With season two seemingly confirmed, we can look forward to all of our burning queries being answered. If they're not, we riot.

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