‘Pieces of Her‘ tells the storey of Andy, a young woman whose life is flipped upside down after she narrowly escapes a gunman’s attack.
Andy’s suspicions are piqued by her mother’s unusually quick response to the attack, prompting the daughter to question how well she knows her own parents.
The Netflix series, which is based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel, progressively pulls together the mother and daughter’s incredible past through a convoluted journey. Near the end, the revelations come thick and fast, making the season’s climax rather explosive.
We’re here to take a closer look at the finale of ‘Pieces of Her,’ in case you were left wondering about some of the finer nuances of what happens.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
‘Pieces of Her’ Season 1 Recap
The show begins with Andy and Laura having lunch when a gunman bursts in and murders two people in cold blood.
Andy, a newbie at the local police station (where she answers phones), is taken aback by the incident, and even more so when her mother, Laura, deftly cuts the attacker’s throat.
Laura begins to act strangely soon after, pleading with Andy not to return home. The confused daughter ultimately leaves their home when an intruder strikes the mother late at night.
Andy follows her mother’s directions and comes across a suitcase stuffed with cash. As her suspicions grow, she hunts up an old family friend named Charlie Bass, only to discover that he, too, is lying to her.
She is pursued by mystery guys and eventually learns that her mother is related to the affluent Queller family. Andy seeks out Jasper, who turns out to be Jane’s brother, after learning her mother’s real name is Jane.
Unfortunately, Jasper, who is running for vice president, appears to have ulterior motivations and tries to steal Andy’s money briefcase.
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Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal that Laura (as Jane) and her daughter were placed in witness protection years ago, with Charlie serving as their handler. Jane was a member of the Army of the Changing World when she was a young woman, and she had an affair with its leader, Nick Harp.
In 1988, the latter, believing Jane’s family’s pharmaceutical company Quellercorp was responsible for the proliferation of harmful opioid drugs, staged a public attack on her father, Martin Queller, the company’s CEO.
Andy is eventually reunited with Laura as the reality begins to dawn on her. The mother and daughter have a heart-to-heart, and the former admits that Andy’s father is Nick Harp, a fugitive who has been on the run for thirty years.
Nick is on the run for the murder of Martin Queller, and as the season finale approaches, the sought criminal and Jane’s ex-lover finally shows up.
Who Killed Martin Queller in ‘Pieces of Her’ Ending?
Nick confronts Jane (now Laura) and their daughter Andy when alone in a cabin in the woods. He grabs the suitcase with the cash, but Andy creates a distraction, allowing her and Laura to confront Nick.
The authorities arrive in the midst of the subsequent struggle, and Nick is finally apprehended after thirty years on the run.
As things start to normalise, Andy can’t stop thinking about what happened on the fatal day her grandfather, Martin Queller, was shot.
She investigates a little more and discovers that Nick’s guilt is completely based on her mother’s evidence. Andy rushes to find Laura after realising that Nick could be innocent and was potentially framed by her mother.
She notices her mother standing along the water’s edge, and without exposing the truth, she softly asks her if she’d like to go for a walk down the beach.
As a result, numerous last-minute twists and disclosures flip the plot on its head, strongly implying that Nick, the protagonist throughout the most of the storey, may be innocent of the murder he is accused of.
The fugitive was not the one who gave the murder weapon to Grace Juno, the lady who shot Martin, according to the final episode. Instead, a flashback in the closing minutes of the finale reveals that Jane gave Grace the revolver by switching their handbags.
So, while Grace is the one who pulls the deadly trigger (before turning the gun on herself and killing herself), the person behind Martin Queller’s assassination scheme is, in fact, his little daughter.
Jane runs into Grace soon before she attends a panel session with Martin at the 1988 Oslo International Economic Forum. Jane reveals that she is pregnant and that Martin has tried to forcefully abort her child, claiming that her father has complete control over everything.
As it turns out, the only way Jane claims she can secure the safety of her unborn kid is to kill him. Andy is the child in question, as you may have guessed.
Grace, who believes her husband and three children died as a result of the effects of a Quellercorp medicine, is easily persuaded by Jane and accepts the gun, which she then uses to commit the crime.
Nick, who is blamed for delivering the weapon, is completely unaware of its presence until he witnesses Grace use it. His objective has always been to ignite an ink bomb onstage to shame Martin, and it appears that the fugitive never intended to murder the wealthy pharma CEO.
In the Season End, What Happens to Nick Harp?
In the final episode, Nick Harp is apprehended while he and Laura are engaged in a forest standoff. Authorities surround the two, and the fugitive, who has been on the run since Martin Queller’s murder thirty years ago, is finally apprehended.
Of fact, as we will see later, Nick is not responsible for Martin’s death. However, because Laura (and later Andy) appear to be the only ones who know the truth, it appears that Nick will be held responsible for Martin’s death.
As a result of his claimed offences, Nick is likely to receive the toughest judicial punishment. Though his specific punishment is unknown, an unnamed government official claims that he will be transported to a supermax jail, where he will most certainly serve a life term.
What’s the Story Behind the Suitcase Tape?
The luggage, which is full of cash and is discovered by Andy on her mother’s orders, is a persistent source of mystery.
The money’s origins generate a slew of suspicions until it’s revealed that the cash is the ransom payment for the professor Nick kidnapped all those years ago.
Jane maintains the luggage when Nick goes into hiding after Martin’s death, understanding that she and her pregnant daughter could need the money later, especially because she expects Nick to find her down and confront her (which is what essentially happens).
However, it is not the money that is hidden in the luggage, but something else totally that is of critical importance.
When Nick finally gets his hands on it, he tosses the money aside and digs through the inner of the luggage for a little cassette. The tape contains a voice recording proving that Nick colluded with Jasper Queller, Martin’s successor, in the planned (ink bomb) attack on his father.
Because Jasper is a candidate for Vice President, the tape is essentially the key to blackmailing one of the country’s most influential men. This also explains why Jasper tries to steal Andy’s suitcase but is ultimately foiled.
In the end, it appears that the recording is destroyed since Jasper looks to be in command of the situation and no longer fears being blackmailed.
Of course, if the storey continues, we might learn that Laura or Andy picked up the recording at the last possible minute, turning the tables on the mother and daughter once more. It’s unlikely, however, that they’ll use it to blackmail Jasper.