Why did you kill my friend, Ellie? WHY?
WARNING – this post contains spoilers for the ITV/BBC America TV series Broadchurch.
I’ve been hooked on Broadchurch. So too it seems have millions of others, and the storyline has been both gripping and enticing, although a little slow in certain places.
But there is one question from the last episode that I, and many others perhaps, wish to question: why the slug?
After finding that it was her husband, Joe, who had murdered Danny Latimer, Detective Ellie Miller walks into her house, once a happy place filled with memories – now the only memory is what her husband has done. Walking into the house, she moves into the living room and, noticing a slug on the floor, moves toward it a crushes it under her foot.
Why? Was there something about this slug that was out of the ordinary? Something that made this slug so special it deserved to be killed; not thrown outside or a slow death through salting, but warranting annihilation through a quick squish.
Clearly and understandably, Detective Miller is under a huge amount of emotional stress. Perhaps she didn’t think what she was doing. Perhaps she saw the slug with a face of Joe. Perhaps the camera angle was misunderstanding and she didn’t even notice it was there. Clearly there is a background to this slug to which we do not have the details at the moment. It may turn out that Joe Miller was into gastropod-ology, the study of snails and slugs. This particular slug may have been his most favourite and prized slug, and after successfully escaping from its pen, Ellie was quick to seek revenge. Now, I’m not fully sure whether snails and slugs would be kept in a cage, pen or a hutch, but in any case, the slug was out on the loose, and Ellie was seeking justice.
Perhaps Joe was very particular with his slugs, breeding them for illegal slug races or gastropod fights to the death. This might have been the strongest and most powerful of his slugs, perhaps even having a name. One might think that if he were to call a slug by a name, it would have to have a name such as Sammy – a non gender specific name as gastropods are hermaphrodites. But even considering this, why was the slug the final thing to die in this show? I would have been satisfied with the last death being that of Joe Miller’s pride and dignity, but an innocent slug?
It is clear from the end of the last episode that there will be a second series of Broadchurch. It’s a little difficult to understand what the main story line could be. I would like to offer a suggestion – as the first series was about a murder, perhaps so too is the second series: why did Ellie kill Sammy the slug?