Netflix’s “Behind His Eyes” Has One of the Best Endings in Recent Memory


Netflix has a new surprise hit miniseries in the hands, Behind his eyes, an adaptation of a novel by Sarah Pinborough. It’s only six episodes, but it does have an impact, trailing at No.2 on the Top 10 list, behind only I Care a Lot, Rosamund Pike’s new film (which is surprisingly not based on a book).

Behind Her Eyes begins as you normally think. A woman shares a kiss with a stranger in a bar, only to find out the next day that he is her new boss in a psychologist’s office. Things get awkward. There is an ongoing sexual tension between them, but at random, the wife, Louise, meets psychologist David’s wife, Adele. Adele is bored and lonely and as sweet as David is to Louise, he seems to be just as cruel to Adele, which bothers Louise as she learns about their relationship.

And then… things get extremely weird. And not in a way that I think anyone would expect.

Spoilers follow, and save the rest of this article until you have completed the series. Believe me when I say it’s worth seeing it till the end.

I’ve watched a lot of this kind of script before, and it’s hard to surprise me, but Behind Her Eyes repeats it, especially for its incredible double-twist ending that I only saw coming in the last few moments.

Two things never really make sense throughout the series when you watch it. First, the show takes a bizarre detour into the supernatural when we realize that Adele has the ability to project herself into the astral, as in, becoming a conscious force outside of her body, which she uses to travel through. town, and it allows her to spy on David and Louise, so she’s been aware of their affair from the start.

Guess that makes the story stand out, but I didn’t understand how the plot couldn’t have worked the same if they had avoided this weird element and Adele had just put cameras in David’s office or something like that.

The show’s relentless focus on Rob, a character Adele meets in rehab and becomes best friends with, was also odd. The series first wants us to believe that David got jealous, killed Rob and threw him in a well. But then it seems more likely that Adele, the sociopath, killed Rob, tricked David into it, and as such is able to control him so that he never leaves her.

But at the very end of the series, everything comes together. The idea that Adele is the real villain all the time becomes pretty clear soon enough, and she executes an elaborate plan where she commits suicide, but in the process, uses astral projection to swap bodies with Louise (something we didn’t know could actually happen, until it happened here), and it causes her consciousness of dying in a fire while Adele occupies her body and marries David.

That would be a pretty solid twist on its own, but Behind Her Eyes pulls off the rare double twist that really works. In the show’s final scene, we learn that Adele also taught Rob how to project into the astral, and they experienced body swapping. But as soon as they do, Rob, an addict proclaimed “vicious” by his sister, turns on Adele, strangling her as she is trapped in her own body. He throws his old body and Adele’s now extinct consciousness into the well, and over the past decade, it’s been Rob who lived in Adele’s body, blackmailing David, playing with Louise and ultimately stealing another body again when it suited her.

It’s a wild ending, justifying all the weirdness that came before it, and one that really surprised me even though I figured it out in the dying moments of the series, a few minutes before the reveal. It fills so many blanks once you figure it out, and the most tragic part is now we realize that Adele has always been good and pure, and that… weird and evil “ship” has been Rob the whole time. living a stolen life. The real Adele has been dead for ten years.

It’s a limited series, so I doubt we’ll see Rob / Louise get his comeuppance in a second season. It’s the kind of story that really only works once, although it can be unsatisfying for some who aren’t inclined to appreciate stories where the bad guys win. And my boy, does Rob win. What an ending, and Behind Her Eyes deserves all the praise and attention it gets.

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