Vikram and Tess

Question: Why is Tess the one who knows Vikram is alive?

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In the last minute of the mid-season finale, Tess calls Vikram and tells him it’s time for him to come home. Which raises the question, why was Tess and not Karen the one who knew he had faked his death?

It seems unlikely that they would both know. At least unlikely that both are in on the secret together, as they have only recently renewed their friendship and seem to have had no history together that past five years and have openly discussed Vikram’s death. Also it seems unlikely Karen, who is completely devoting herself to her son and would mention several times how hard Vikram’s death has been on him and not share with him the truth.

So if Karen doesn’t know, why does Tess?

There is of course that possibility that Tess and Vikram are having, or have had, an affair. One popular theory is that Jo is Vikram’s daughter, and if that was connected to the reasons he faked his death and (possibly) Regina’s murder, then it might be natural that he and Tess would be working together to keep it a secret.

But it feels like there would have to be more than that to Vikram’s decision to go missing. Tess on the phone to him said ‘it’s time to come home’, which heavily implies they both knew at some point he would return. Besides, the presence of the PI proves there’s much more going on than the true parentage of one teenage girl. She may still be Vikram’s daughter, but there is much more going on below the surface.

Could Tess be involved in Marna Inc. and whatever is happening in Connecticut? Karen also appears to have been, at least somewhat, aware of what her husband was doing in Connecticut, but she has not confided at all in Tess on the subject, which would have seemed natural after Kyle showed her the letter sent to Regina, if she knew Tess had been involved.

So it seems likely that whatever Tess’ involvement with Vikram and/or Marna is, Karen doesn’t know about it.

It’s possible Vikram was forced to confide in Tess. Maybe he needed help to fake his death. Karen has said they were having problems in their marriage, maybe it was because of that Vikram turned to Tess, with whom he had years of history. Or maybe he didn’t trust Karen for another reason? Maybe Tess doesn’t trust her either, and her recent attempts at friendship have been a ploy in order to sound her out for information?

What do you think?

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Fan Theory #4

Submitted By: Joan Smith

Fan Theory: I’ve been thinking a lot about this show (mostly because of how good it is) and I’ve arranged a couple of theories. First, I’ve been thinking about how Karen and Vikram had an affair before, so it might have continued after high school. Possibly making Danny’s father Jo’s too. If that is true, it would explain why Danny says he was trying to protect Jo all this time. Tara some how found out and Danny had to kill her to save his family and Jo’s too. Then Regina found out about it and Vikram, still being alive of course, got money so she wouldn’t tell any one about it. But for some reason Regina decided to tell Danny about it, possibly for some more money, and Vikram, or someone else who needed to keep that secret, killed Regina out of anger. I highly doubt this is what actually happened, but it’s how I made sense of what’s happening in the show.

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Vikram, the Apartment and the Letter…

Question: What does Vikram have to do with Regina and the letter?

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We found out three interesting things from this week’s episode:

1. The letter was sent from an apartment in Connecticut.

2. Regina had dated a guy from Connecticut last year.

And…

3. The apartment, which had not been lived in for several months, was rented under the name of Vikram Desai.

This definitely raised at least two questions.

Was Regina dating Vikram Desai? This would explain how she got the necklace. If the necklace was important to Vikram and Regina was important to him, he might have given it to her. He could easily have gotten the necklace from the estate lawyers and we’ve already learned he wasn’t faithful to Karen throughout their entire time together.

However, we don’t know for a fact that Regina ever went to that apartment. She could easily have been seeing someone else in Connecticut. However if that’s the case, why did Vikram have an apartment up in Connecticut, especially if the Desai family was having money problems?

Also the question arises of: since the letter was sent after Vikram’s death, then who really sent it? Now there is a very good chance Vikram is alive, but if he’s trying to remain hidden, would he really have sent Regina a letter from an address that’s under his name? But who else could have sent it? And why from that address? Were they trying to send a message to Regina by using that address? It definitely seems whatever the money was paid to Regina for, has to involve Vikram somehow.

What do you think?

Fan Theory #3

Submitted By: Sierra

Fan Theory: Main Theory – Remember when Danny said he couldn’t tell Jo why he killed his aunt because he’s protecting her? Jo’s father seems quite adamant on pinning the crime on Danny. This leads me to believe the following things:

Tess killed Tara. Kyle may’ve had an affair with Tara, and furious, Tess killed her in a rage. Kyle finds out, and he and his wife convince Danny to take the blame. This could explain why he’s so hell-bent on Danny killing Regina. He fears that his family’s secret could be exposed with Danny returning and sending him to jail for life would be the only way to keep it totally safe. Tess tries to be nice to him in order to make sure her secret is safe.

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Danny and His Mother

Question: What exactly is going on between Danny and his mother?

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Karen Desai is a very intriguing character. She vacillates wildly between being cool, calm and in control and seeming like she’s barely keeping a handle on things. One of the most interesting aspects of her character however, is her relationship with Danny, which is strained to say the least.

Danny and Karen have an extremely interesting relationship, one that’s hard to completely understand at this point in the show. Just the way he says the word ‘mother’ sounds pointed and he’s definitely not very open with her (for instance, he’s much more communicative to Jo, even though his mother seems to be trying very hard to support him). When she tells him she was only trying to protect him, he yelled at her that he doesn’t need protection. He keeps pushing her away. When she asked about the photographs, he said not now and walked off, while whenever Jo demands answers he stays and tries to talk things through with her.

Danny has implied in the past Karen was more concerned with appearances and status then what’s best for him. So the strain in their relationship could just be chalked up to that and the fact that Danny’s been away for five years and living with his parent at this point is hard and he doesn’t exactly know how to act around her. After all, he is sometimes fairly nice to her and is polite as long as the conversation stays general.

But there are a couple of things that raises questions. The way in which he calls her ‘mother’, which can be compared to his calling her ‘mom’ in a much more natural voice in this week’s episode when he was trying to plead with her. I have read one theory in which someone suggested Karen might not be his real mother. This is a possibility since we don’t know exactly how long Danny’s family has lived in Green Grove, they could have moved there after he was born. Someone has also suggested that Tara was his real mother (the result of his Dad having an affair with Tara), which is a possibility though Tara was his father’s sister….which definitely would provide a pretty dark motive for murder and explain why the lie about Karen being his mother…however I’m not sure it’s a motive an eleven year old would really understand and so if that is the motive I don’t see Danny actually being guilty.

Which does lead to the cover-up possibility. Maybe Karen and Vikram both encouraged Danny to take the fall for one of them. Maybe Danny partially blames Karen’s need for good appearances for this, after all he certainly seems resentful of her past fondness for status.

On the couple of occasions Karen and Danny have talked about Tara, it’s seemed just a little off. For example it seems perfectly natural and understandable, that Danny would want to get rid of any photos of the woman he murdered. And yet Karen seemed to find it so bizarre that he had removed them all. And while he has talked about ‘his fault’ for what happened and ‘what he’s done’, he has yet to say point blank to her that he killed or murdered Tara.

Whatever is going on however, I get the strong impression that there’s at least some secret that Danny and his mother share. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the importance she used to place in appearances and status likely escalated events and contributed to what happened to the aunt (whether it was her turning a blind eye or hiding the truth).

What do you think?

Fan Theory #1

Submitted By: tajainea

Fan Theory: I think Danny’s father is still alive and Danny is covering, whether his father killed Regina or not. It’s possible since his body hasn’t been recovered. So until they find his body or evidence that he’s dead I’m going to stick with my theory that Danny’s dad killed Regina to protect his friend.

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The Timing of Regina’s Death

Question: Was the timing of Regina’s death, on Danny’s first day back at school, a coincidence?

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It’s one of the reasons all the characters in the show suspect him. Danny comes back to school and that night a girl is killed. It is suspicious. Was Danny’s return the cause and Regina’s death the effect? Or is it all a coincidence?

There’s some reason to believe Danny’s return might have led to Regina’s death. Not because he killed her, but because she did claim to know why he murdered his aunt. If his reason involves a third party, if he knew something about his aunt and someone else, Danny’s return might have led that person to panic. But why kill Regina? Or least, why only kill Regina? Wouldn’t the killer want to silence Danny as well? Just because he didn’t speak out when he was 11, that person has no way of knowing he won’t speak out now. Especially when speaking out might let him off the hook for Regina’s death? Of course maybe the killer is hoping to kill two birds with one stone by murdering Regina and letting Danny take the blame.

It could of course be a coincidence. Events that could have led to Regina’s death have been brewing for a while. She was given the necklace 6 -7 months ago. Vikram Desai went missing 5 months ago (we don’t know if that’s connected to Regina, but it could be). She has knowledge about a murder that no one else but Danny seems to have? Things were brewing. Danny could easily have just returned at a bad time.

Honestly I still can’t make up my mind. It seems to me more likely though that somehow Danny coming back to town set things off in some way.

What do you think?