The two-part Only Murders in the Building season 2 premiere answers some burning questions left over from season 1, but left many more unanswered for the Hulu comedy to explore. With Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles (Steve Martin), and Oliver (Martin Short) prime suspects in Bunny’s murder, the trio has once again set out to clear their names and start another season of their hit true-crime podcast. This time around, though, they have a little bit of experience when it comes to investigating crimes, and they’re using all of the tools at their disposal to find out who killed Bunny Folger.
As Charles, Mabel, and Oliver set out to clear their names, Only Murders in the Building season 2 lays out a trail of clues and a slew of mysteries for them to solve. From the missing murder weapon and new board presidents to the appearance of a few surprise guests — including Amy Schumer and Bunny’s mother Leonora — The Arconia building is packed with unanswered questions, clues, and suspects. These clues have already led the show’s main trio down the proverbial rabbit hole as they once again build an investigation from the ground up. Although they are reticent at first to start up their podcast again, being in control of their narrative is important, especially as podcast rival Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) hopes to tell their story, too.
The remaining 8 episodes of Only Murders in the Building season 2 will spend some time fleshing out its main mysteries before revealing answers. Tim Kono’s (Julian Cihi) killer Jan (Amy Ryan) wasn’t revealed until the tail-end of season 1 so it seems likely that Bunny’s killer won’t be revealed until much later. Still, there are plenty of things to parse through, including some unexpected familial connections, the history of The Arconia itself, and just how Charles, Mabel, and Oliver will manage to get out of trouble this time.
Who Killed Bunny?
There are plenty of suspects in Only Murders season 2 and episodes 1-2 only expands that list. Amy Schumer seems like a contender if only because she is extremely interested in Charles, Mabel, and Oliver’s podcast. Seeing as Schumer is playing an exaggerated version of herself, it’s possible her character is playing up her obliviousness to misdirect both audiences and the investigation. There’s also Nina Lin, The Arconia’s new board president who is “ruthless and power-hungry” according to Howard. Howard himself is no stranger to suspicion, though; Not only does he appear with a mysterious black eye the night after Bunny’s murder, but he also tells Bunny’s parrot Mrs. Gambolini to repeat the line “Howard is my friend.”
Howard, along with fellow Arconia resident Uma took a particular interest in one of Bunny’s prized possessions — a Rose Cooper painting depicting Charles’ father in an intimate moment with another woman. No one wants that painting more than Leonora Folger, though. Bunny’s mother arrives at The Arconia on the hunt for it and who’s to say she doesn’t have someone working with her to get it back? While it seems unlikely audiences will find out the identity of Bunny’s killer until later in the season, Only Murders in the Building season 2 is setting the stage for a whole slew of suspects in the coming episodes.
Where’s the Real Rose Cooper Painting?
With the Rose Cooper painting an important part of the investigation into Bunny’s murder, it took center stage in the Only Murders in the Building season 2 premiere. Unfortunately, the painting that Charles, Mabel, and Oliver were fretting over turned out to be a forgery — so where is the real painting? As one of the most important clues in Only Murders season 2 so far, the location of the real painting may lead to more info about Bunny’s murderer.
The Rose Cooper painting is also a key instrument in the framing of Charles, Mabel, and Oliver. After Uma and Howard begin looking for it, the forgery shows up in Charles’ apartment and his surprising connection between the artist and the painting itself is revealed. With Mr. Savage depicted in the painting, it’s discovered that he had an affair both with Rose and Bunny’s Leonora.
What Does Charles’ Father Have To Do With It?
The Only Murders in the Building season 2 premiere introduces Charles-Haden Savage’s father (played by Ben Livingston) via flashbacks and his connection to The Arconia is made apparent. Not only does he vow to live in the building one day — a promise Charles followed through on — but he also has an affair with both Rose Cooper and Leonora Folger. What this all means for Only Murders in the Building season 2 is currently unclear. Charles’ father is far too old to be a suspect in Bunny’s murder and it seems unlikely that he’s even alive. Still, what is clear is that Charles has a connection to Bunny and the painting; one that will be explored throughout season 2 and could help lead to answers.
Why Are Charles, Mabel & Oliver Being Framed?
Oliver, Mabel, and Charles are clearly being framed for Bunny’s murder. From the Rose Cooper painting showing up in Charles’ apartment to an accompanying note that says “Bunny Folger, I want that painting“someone really wants the police to think that the Only Murders trio killed Bunny. There’s the immediate obvious reason that it’s quite easy to pin the murder on Charles, Mabel, and Oliver due to their contentious relationship with Bunny. Another would be their investigation into Tim Kono’s murder in season 1. Beyond that, though, the reason for them being framed remains unclear. It’s possible someone has a bone to pick with the trio, potentially because of what happened in the first season of the show. As Charles, Mabel, and Oliver continue trying to clear their names, though, it’ll become more apparent why they’re being framed and who is doing it.
What Does Bunny’s Parrot Know?
Mrs. Bunny’s parrot Gambolini has become a surprisingly important character in just two short episodes. Not only did she potentially (and inadvertently) put suspicion on Howard, but she also seems to know a lot more than what has been revealed thus far. At the end of Only Murders in the Building season 2, episode 2, Mrs. Gambolini says, “I know who did it“What”it“is remains unclear, but it’s possible Mrs. Gambolini is actually referring to the murder of Bunny or something completely unrelated. Considering that this reveal was the cliffhanger ending of Only Murders in the Building‘s season 2 premiere, expect this mystery to be solved relatively quickly.
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