USA (ended 2009)
I really don't have any preference as to who Trudy's killer turns out to be. What really matters to me is that the solution to the case actually is something tricky and, y'know...plausible that the supposedly brilliant Monk couldn't have solved far earlier. The recent seasons have had pretty disappointing mysteries in general, so I'm not hugely optimistic...but they had great success with Mr. Monk Is On the Run, so who knows, it's possible that the writers have something brilliant up their sleeves after all.
I also hope they don't go overboard showing Monk magically get completely 100% better immediately as soon as he solves the case. That's....not how these things work. I'd like to see this massive weight lifted off the poor guy's shoulders as much as anybody, but subtlety is key. Tony Shalhoub does best with nice, subtle character moments. Sew the seeds of hope, don't beat us senseless with it.
The thing I can iamgine is that Monk finds the killer. About whether the killer is still alive or not, I don't think is that significant, as all Monk rreally needs now is to find out who did it and why. Like in the Foreign Man episodes when he said "knowing is everything", I think all Monk needs is to know whodonit and he might get over a lot of his phobias. Not all of them, but some of them. It might also be nice to see him get his badge back.
Hopefully it won't end as a large copout to all the fans of the show.
|I hope he solves Trudy's murder case in Mr. Monk and the End. That would be some summation. Monk deserves it. |
I'm hoping its Dale the Whale - as he seems to be Mr. Monk's only real nemisis - sort of his Moriarty. Trudy undercovered some sort of poltical scam involving him - so she was bumped off. Maybe the crooked campaign manager from the first episode (Mr. Monk and the Candidate) could also be involved. Then Dale the Whale could either have a heart attack when Monk tells him he was found out, and would be charged with murder (again) - or the show can have Dale be executed for Murder in the first. Probably not the solution to the case, probably wouldn't happen, but it would be interesting.
In Mr. Monk and the Badge, I also think he'll get finally get his badge back.
In Mr. Monk is the Best Man - my guess is the captain is going to get remarried and have Monk as the best man. The fact the woman's name is "Trudy" might have some bearing - if only to trigger Monk's memory and suggest a clue. Alternatively, Disher might get married (to that police woman he's been dating this season) - or he might try to butt in on the captain's marriage, and make it a double cememony.
I personally would feel cheated if Trudy turns out to have been alive all this time. Not only because they'd be rehashing "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk", but because it runs completely against one of the main pillars of this show's premise - a widower struggling to get over his wife's death. Seeing Adrian finally learn to move on with his life, if only a little (preferrably a little - I think I explained that adequately in my earlier post), is one of the most tantalizing things about the finale for me. If she's still alive, then he isn't getting over this on his own, he's having his happy ending force-fed to him through no real emotional growth on his part.
...and, as "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk" taught us, this really wouldn't be the purely happy ending some people seem to think it would be, anyway.
|I've only seen the last couple of seasons now- as well as a couple of the older ones with Sharona- so I don't exactly know all the 'dad guys' Mr. Monk has caught over the years, or the potential characters that might want to kill her. But just based on this season, doesn't anyone think Virginia Madsen's character might be the killer? I mean, the Captain is always having bad lack with the ladies, and she seems like a creepy character- we don't know much about her. I dought they would just bring in a character for the final season just so Captain Stottlemeyer can get married.|
|But just based on this season, doesn't anyone think Virginia Madsen's character might be the killer? I mean, the Captain is always having bad lack with the ladies, and she seems like a creepy character- we don't know much about her. I dought they would just bring in a character for the final season just so Captain Stottlemeyer can get married.|
I personally have doubts about the "TK killed Trudy" theory, for many reasons, but chiefly because I seem to recall that Tony Shalhoub said in some interview before the season started that this season would attempt to tie up each individual character's respective plotlines. If Stottlemeyer's new girlfriend also turns out to be a murderer, then that's not going to provide closure to his storyline, and I have doubts that the writers of this show would do that. Not that I don't enjoy hearing people theorize about it - it's the final season, after all, and speculation is FUN.
GordonMcAskill, just one question. The Trudies have different last names. How do you pin something like that on someone with a completely different last name?
Still, in spite of my major doubts about the TK theories, I do think it's interesting to note that, last time I checked, Virginia Madsen is indeed slated to appear in both parts of "Mr. Monk and the End".