Inspired by “The Girl Before” named novel by JP Delaney, The Gir Before is an excellent short series of Psychological thriller murder mystery genre. I think the filmmakers have found their way! Generally, the series or movies based on novels don’t reach up to the former’s standard. But what if it’s the author directing? Well, that would change everything for the better! As it did here.
Directed by our author JP Delaney, the series mixes two timelines, one of Emma and the other of Jane (present). Both these leads reside in the same too perfect to believe house made by a very sophisticated architect, Edward Monkford. The beginning was confusing as we get to know both the ladies get the house, and back then, it appeared as if both were at the same place, at the same time. But later on, we see Emma is just a past resident of the same minimalist house Jane has now moved into.
The series was released on iPlayer, first being owned by HBO and BBC. Overall the series is wonderfully blended with love, romance, obsession, murder, and whatnot. Trust me! If I write down all the elements, you might think I am into paid promotion because really! It is worthy of praise.
Jane and Edward leave for abortion, the lady is seen in deep thought and continuous anxiety. On their way to the hospital, Edward says, “We will have a child one day. A child that’s planned”. As her turn comes to visit the doctor and Edward is supposed to wait outside, Jane writes a letter to him and leaves the place, asking a nurse to hand the letter and wristband to Edward half an hour after she leaves. The nurse is found doing as instructed, and Edward reads the letter. Jane writes that the child was planned as she found him worthy of being the father.
Jane shifts far away and starts a new life with her baby boy, Toby. She joins the “Stillbirth Action” campaign and resumes life happily. Edward is found taking therapy. He gets back to regular life, too, and the story ends as we see the same old female agent telling the same story to probably the next expected resident of the same house.
Who Died At The End Of The Girl Before?
The Girl Before has various twists and turns that we didn’t see coming. One such turn was the death of Si. Simon, aka Si was a fragile personality from the beginning. He is seen as insecure, non-understanding, and sometimes even self-centered. Regardless of all this, I thought Emma made a huge mistake by dumping him but whatever happens, happens for good. Simon was trying his best to be good! To love Emma the way she wanted and to make her feel safe, but it just wasn’t enough, and talking honestly, I think a trying man is a man to keep. When she left Si, I thought it was very mean and rude of Emma. However, the end was fair!
But I worry about nicknames. Who in this world would call Simon Si out of love? :’) But then again, it is what it is.
Who Assaulted Emma?
From the beginning, it was sure for us all to notice each of the characters as it is a Novel-based crime series. You just can’t tell which character turns out in the spotlight at the end. And it happened! Emma and Simon’s good friend Saul(another weird name), who is seen as a flirtatious creep, was the rapist of Emma. The only on-screen encounter between Emma and Saul is when Si and she break up, and Si sends him as his defender to convince Emma for a patch-up.
Emma’s colleague and very good friend Amanda was the wife of Saul. Even though she has been informed plenty of times about her husband’s flirtatious attitude, she trusts him enough each time to offer yet another chance. It was because of Saul that Amanda breaks her friendship with Emma just because she didn’t support what Amanda was saying. This type of woman is seriously the most annoying, duh!
Saul was arrested afterward on the statement of Jane, who found it all out by herself. You can’t deny that A Girl can do better investigation than any agency! Boys out there better not lie to their girl, she will find out, buddy, she surely will.
Who Killed Emma in The Girl Before?
Who could guess it would be him? How could he kill her? But he did! Simon killed Emma. He used to sleep in the service room and keep an eye on Emma after they broke up. It is pathetic to even think what Emma must’ve been through. Surviving rape and not having a single friend to talk to; dealing with an insecure boyfriend; crept by ex; being dumped by her only friend; life was unfair to Emma.
Just to bluff Emma, Si leaves his band(which is more like a key to the house; whoever wears it can get in without any trouble) after their breakup. Later on, they didn’t tell the agent that he has moved out. Emma must not have found it important as she informed Edward and Si, well Si is Si, he borrowed that of the agent saying he lost his band. And that’s how he entered the house and tried to force Emma to patch up. It didn’t go well, and he lost his temper, she fells off the stairs, and that’s how she died.
Did Edward And Jane Break-up In The Girl Before?
It’s a half yes half no as Jane go away anonymously, but she did say, “Until then, it’s a goodbye”. Jane suggested Edward that he should visit the therapist to whom both Emma and she consulted, Carol. She leaves a letter for him in which she says Edward is stuck in the past and the therapist would help him get over it. If there was to be any sequel to the series, we would’ve surely witnessed a beautiful reunion.
Meet The Cast
In the cast, we have Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Jane, the protagonist; Jessica Plummer as Emma; David Oyelowo as Edward; Rakhee Thakrar as Mia, Jane’s friend; Ben Hardy as Simon, Emma’s ex-boyfriend who also killed her(the actual psychopath); Amanda Drew as Carol; and more.