When you write a murder mystery series in the age of the Internet, you have to deal with the zealous fans trying to call the ending many, many episodes in advance. And as show's like Buffy have proved, showrunners and writers pay attention to this chatter. And it can lead some shows to make poor decisions when it comes to reveals and twists. But VM never did anything out-of-pocket to keep viewers guessing.

The first season is a master-class in executing a perfectly-paced murder mystery, with twists and reveals all deployed in expert fashion. Which is to say, the final revelation is not cheap shock; it's a satisfying answer that makes perfect sense, that doesn’t cheat what we’ve seen beforehand to make it work, and doesn’t fall apart the longer you think about it. —FT