Series 2 of The Bay got underway last night with an explosive opening that nobody saw coming.
The first episode of the new series, starring Morven Christie as police officer Lisa Armstrong, rocked viewers with a violent murder at the end of the opening scene.
And viewers have locked onto a number of potential suspects.
Warning! Spoilers for episode one ahead!
What happened in The Bay series 2 on ITV?
Stephen answered the door to a delivery man, only for the stranger to shoot him dead in front of his young son, Oliver (Leo Ashton).
The boy noticed a two-headed eagle tattoo on the assassin’s wrist – something that Lisa locked onto as a possible clue at the end of the episode.
Together with DS Med Kharim (Taheen Modak), they questioned a number of people who were close to the victim, including family members and colleagues.
But who do viewers think did it?
Who do viewers suspect?
Some viewers suspect Stephen’s father-in-law might have something to do with the killing.
He seemed genuinely devastated over the brutal assassination.
But according to viewers, something just isn’t quite right.
One said they think he’s “definitely dodgy”, while another said they “don’t trust” the character.
Don't trust Rose's father #TheBay
— Gavin Evans (@GavinEvs) January 20, 2021
The father in law is definitely dodgy #thebay
— Heather Manson (@Heathermanson07) January 20, 2021
Suspicious family members
Others are suspicious of Mark, Stephen’s brother-in-law.
Lisa learned, when she went to the firm owned by Stephen and his family, that Mark wasn’t a partner in the company like Stephen.
Could jealously, or some promise of financial gain, have motivated Mark to have Stephen murdered? Some viewers seem to think so.
#TheBay it was the brother in law Mark! I’m calling it now! 😂
— Tina (@Crazier) January 20, 2021
Throwing it out there now… the brother in law ordered the hit as he was jealous Steven got to take over the business #TheBay
— Andy campbell (@AndyCampbell30) January 20, 2021
We all saying the brother in law? #TheBay
— Marc Churchill (@MarcChurchill6) January 20, 2021
Later in the episode, Lisa and Med tracked down Stephen’s estranged daughter, Grace, and found her working at a scrap yard.
While there they spoke to the business’ boss, a man called Frank Mercer (Owen McDonnell), and some think he could be behind the shooting.
One tweeted: “That scrap yard boss/owner looks dodgy about this.. could be the shooter and he’s only missing the cap? #TheBay.”
That scrap yard boss/owner looks dodgy about this.. could be the shooter and he’s only missing the cap? #TheBay
— MIKE 💙 (@mikepriestley13) January 20, 2021
Stephen’s wife, Rose (Sharon Small) was visibly distraught over what had happened.
To make matters worse for her, she wasn’t able to serve as her own son’s appropriate adult during police questioning because the cops had to question her, too.
A number of viewers she might have had something to do with Stephen’s assassination, though.
“I think in #TheBay the wife had something to do with it…” said one.
The wife called the hit on her husband. Called it. 21:12pm first episode. #thebay
— Joel (@JoelMars) January 20, 2021
The wife is behind it #TheBay
— Baroness Beckie (@Beckie_Miller_) January 20, 2021
I think in #TheBay the wife had something to do with it…
— Michael Fraser (@mikef1990) January 20, 2021
Who else could the killer be in The Bay series 2?
At the end of the first episode, Lisa’s ex, Andy (Joe Absolom) – father to her children Abbie (Imogen King) and Rob (Art Parkinson) – returned after some dodgy stalking.
Could he be linked to the killing in some way? Or is it just a coincidence that he came back into Lisa’s life when he did?
Some viewers have suggested it could be Sunetra Sarker‘s character, Stella Bradwell, as she’s a well-known face playing a seemingly small part.
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