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There's A Completely Different Killer In The US Version Of "Broadchurch"

Gracepoint, which was made by the same people as Broadchurch, is exactly the same as the original, with the exception of who the murderer is. Warning: HUGE spoilers for both Gracepoint and Broadchurch!

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So we all know who killed Danny in Broadchurch. It was this bloke, Joe Miller, DI Ellie Miller's husband.

Well, in court, technically not, as at the end of series two he was found "not guilty". But yeah, he still killed him and we can say so as it's a fictional show. He can't sue.
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Well, in court, technically not, as at the end of series two he was found "not guilty".

But yeah, he still killed him and we can say so as it's a fictional show. He can't sue.

But did you know there has been a very similar remake of Broadchurch in America called Gracepoint?

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Gracepoint was on Fox last autumn and was not renewed for a second series.

The characters are the same but played by different actors, with the exception of David Tennant, who has a really quite weird American accent and is called Emmett Carver for some reason.

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The plot diverges in some ways from Broadchurch, but the general thrust is similar.

In the final episode, Carver (Tennant) finds the phone signal and traces it back to Joe Miller.

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We then learn that, just as in Broadchurch, Joe made a pass at his friend's son Danny, but was rejected.

In the British version, Joe then accidentally strangled Danny while shouting at him near the beach.

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But in the American version of the show, Joe says Danny died because he tripped while running away and accidentally slammed his head into a rock.

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Imaginary Friends / fox.com

Joe (Josh Hamilton) said he then dumped the boy's body on the beach.

When Joe's detective wife Ellie finds out what happened, she attacks him while he's still in custody, just as in Broadchurch.

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So that should be the end of the series, right? Not by a long shot.

The American version then has a really quite crazy twist.

The twist is that this is the person who killed Danny.

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Whaaaaaattttttttt?????!!!

How? We then see in a flashback that on the night Danny went missing, Tom sneaked out.

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Imaginary Friends / fox.com

He went to the cliffs and saw Danny running away from Joe.

Tom tried to stop Joe by waving a rod at him, but accidentally hit and killed Danny.

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Tom reveals this to his mother (Anna Gunn) when she tells him that Joe has owned up.

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Imaginary Friends / fox.com

But she keeps schtum, and at the end of the series Joe remains in prison for the crime.

And David Tennant hasn't worked it out yet (!!!!).So why was there a different killer entirely? Well, Variety reported that this was intentional. Executive producer Dan Futterman told the Television Critics Association: “We end in a very different place, which is both exciting for the season and potentially exciting for what could be a great second season as well.” Unfortunately, the show never made it to a second season.
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And David Tennant hasn't worked it out yet (!!!!).

So why was there a different killer entirely? Well, Variety reported that this was intentional. Executive producer Dan Futterman told the Television Critics Association: “We end in a very different place, which is both exciting for the season and potentially exciting for what could be a great second season as well.” Unfortunately, the show never made it to a second season.

But it does make you wonder: If Tom had actually killed Danny in Broadchurch, would the second series have been more compelling than it ended up being?

The second series was considered by many to be less addictive than the first.And there's a third series of Broadchurch confirmed by ITV. The Gracepoint twist could still happen on Broadchurch, when you think about it.
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The second series was considered by many to be less addictive than the first.

And there's a third series of Broadchurch confirmed by ITV. The Gracepoint twist could still happen on Broadchurch, when you think about it.