“Hell to Pay” in Murdoch Mysteries’ shocking season finale

I’ve been a fan and avid watcher of Murdoch Mysteries since Season 1. I’ve seen beloved characters come and go, tense storylines roll out and gory murders committed. But Monday’s season finale is the most shocking I’ve ever seen of Murdoch Mysteries. It will leave myself, and fellow fans, talking until the fall.

The good news is that Murdoch Mysteries will return for Season 11. The bad news? I’m not sure everyone on the cast will be back. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s what CBC has released, synopsis-wise, for Monday’s aptly-titled “Hell to Pay,” written and directed by Peter Mitchell:

When a burlesque dancer asks Murdoch for help, the Station House No. 4 team find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy and unforeseen danger.
And here are a few more tidbits—it was hard to tease anything without it becoming spoilery—after watching a screener of the landmark 150th episode. My postseason interview with Peter Mitchell will be posted on TV-Eh.com after the broadcast!
The Great Fire revisited
Season 10 began with part of Toronto being consumed by the Great Fire of 1904. That storyline comes full circle on Monday and features some cool guest stars in pivotal roles. Among them are Sanctuary‘s Robin Dunne and John Wildman, who Mitchell first met when they were both working on The Campbells. Dunne and Wildman play bigwigs in city hall who have plans for Toronto’s future … at any cost.
A pain in Brackenreid’s butt returns to Station House No. 4
Yes, even on his best day Brackenreid is rubbed the wrong way by the most lovely of people. But a true baddie from Thomas’ past shows up in “Hell to Pay” and things get serious. Some might even say deadly serious.
Chaos for our favourite characters
If you’ve seen the teasers—and if you’re a Murdoch fan you certainly have—you know William is on the run and framed for murder. But he’s not the only one who is on the run and/or evading danger. Almost every single regular or recurring character is drawn into the main plot of the episode … and all their lives are in peril. Mitchell has written a highly-dramatic, action-filled episode that really will have you on the edge of your seat.

A pre-finale Q&A is happening!
Members of the Murdoch Mysteries cast will be on Facebook and Twitter answering your questions ahead of the episode. A heads-up that they WILL NOT be answering questions about the season finale, because that would ruin the fun. Get your queries in before Monday at 10 a.m ET with the hashtag #MurdochQandA.

 

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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16 thoughts on ““Hell to Pay” in Murdoch Mysteries’ shocking season finale”

  1. I rather let the Inspector fight back than being wounded or dead; George, Jackson, and Henry wore bulletproof armor and pretend to be killed off. Too bad, Miss James was not present.

  2. That was just annoying. Murdoch’s been framed for murder before, Ogden’s been kidnapped before, George has been in trouble before…this may have been intended as a cliffhanger, but it was a damp squib. It seems the writers have literally run out of ideas. There was nothing clever or interesting or period-specific. Or even very Canadian.

    Boring all around.

    1. Well maybe it’s just because I’m an American but I found the final episode exciting and fulfilling me with lots of questions and speculations and isn’t that the point? Keep going Murdoch it’s a great show and I’ve watched every minute of every program.

    2. You are entitled to your opinion, but… If you thought the final episode was uninteresting and boring, then you don’t make to be a very good critic..
      Get to know the personality of each character. You will enjoy it better..
      Murdoch Mysteries is a show I recommend to many, and I am proud that it is Canadian.
      Kudos to the ‘entire’ cast… Job well done :-)

  3. I was on the edge of my seat with this episode!! Not the best of all the series, but this was great. I agree with bullet proof vests …… I hope, brackenreid isn’t the type to get killed….. he is from Yorkshire!!
    Gotta wait till January now for the UK !!

    Love this show!!

  4. i want to know what has happen to Julia ogdan I love her charater she is sweet clever and smart whould go after her and I want to know about murdoc I want to know if they clear his name and stop him from being hung for something he hasn’t done I know he wouldn’t done it because he is harmless he I careing kind smart and I love his [a

  5. If they kill of characters then what is a Murdoch mysteries without main characters and leaving season 10 like they have when does season 11 come to our screens hope detective watts helps Murdoch solve the problems

  6. Why is the back ground music so loud on the show? We do enjoy watching Murdoch Mysteries but will stop watching as we find the music so annoying.
    I am not sure who to get in touch with but I am hoping you can help.
    Thank you.
    Mary Pearson

  7. I sincerely hope that all of the characters return for season 11 and that a bit of humor is added back in to the show. I love this show and hate that in the US we have to wait until January to see it. Long live Murdoch and company.

  8. Agreed, love the show and the season finale but I would like the fun-loving banter between Julia and William back. My husband and I enjoyed the shows following the adoption of little Roland and how the writers intertwined the characters making the show even more cool and funny. Again, great show and hope they all return.

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