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The Entire Internet Is Apologising To Sylvia After Watching The Undoing Finale

Grazia logo Grazia 30/11/2020 Rhiannon Evans
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The curly hair? Nicole Kidman's coat? The Paddington being scared memes? Who was the real star of The Undoing now it's all said and done? Well, for us, it's Lily Rabe's character Sylvia Steineitz.

Many have been disappointed by the ending of the Undoing, where (ok, we've put enough spoiler warnings up now) it was revealed that JUST LIKE SYLVIA SAID, 'It's always the husband' and it was, it was Hugh Grant's Jonathan Fraser whodunnit.

Lily Rabe sitting at a table in a restaurant © HBO / The Undoing

In the end it was kind of less about whodunnit and what Nicole Kidman's Grace Fraser was gonna-do-about-it.

In the end, Grace enlisted the help of her friend Sylvia, to bypass spousal immunity and pop herself on the stand to put Jonathan's narcissistic personality ON BLAST.

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In case you missed it, it seems like Sylvia and the prosecutor Sofie Gråbøl's Catherine Stamper knew each other from law school - and she helped tip her off in the loo.


Anyway, many people had thought Sylvia was the murderer. After Jonathan admitted that he'd had two affairs - not just with Elena Alves - all those amateur sleuths out there thought Sylvia had also had an affair with him and killed Elena out of jealousy.

Now, understanding that they were being sexist fools, many have turned to social media to apologise to Lily for their previous misdemeanours in thinking that Sylvia was the murderer and that she's done the dirty on her best friend.

Some people still are speculating that Sylvia DID have an affair with Jonathan and can't quite let it go, but we don't think so...

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For us, after quite a lot of SLOW... PONDERING... AND... looking at Nicole Kidman's face, the scenes where Sylvia and Grace came together were a highlight.

In fact, many are now shipping a Grace and Sylvia series - we're thinking a show where Grace finds out who the killers are through her therapy sessions and then Sylvia makes sure they SEE JUSTICE... you can have that one for free. Nope, actually you can't. Big money please.

Perhaps it says something about our patriarchal mindset - or just 90s residual love for Hugh Grant? - that we just couldn't believe Jonathan did it and thought, instead, it must be a woman spurned who was the killer.

In the book the Undoing is based on, You Should Have Known, it's made clearer throughout that Jonathan was the killer and it was more about the fallout. But we guess the TV people couldn't stand keeping us all guessing, tweeting and turning up on Mondays at 9pm JUST TO CHECK that the husband did it.

Speaking of which, we guess that whole intro with Nicole Kidman as a child and creepily singing Dream A Little Dream Of Me had nothing to do with anything, huh?

Anyway, if you want to apologise to Sylvia, now is the time.

We knew you hadn't done it the whole time hun... maybe...

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