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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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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.


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

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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?

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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.