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Only Murders in the Building season 2 suspects: who killed Bunny?

Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building
(Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Your favorite (fictional) true-crime podcasters are back, as Only Murders in the Building has returned for season 2. As Charles, Mabel and Oliver try to solve the latest murder that served as a cliffhanger to season 1, we’re doing our own investigation into all of the potential suspects of this latest crime. SPOILER ALERT if you are not up to date with the comedy series.

For anyone who needs a quick recap, Only Murders in the Building stars Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short as true-crime podcast superfans Mabel, Charles and Oliver. When an actual murder takes place in their building, they use their amateur skills to try and solve the case, recording their own podcast (the titular Only Murders in the Building) along the way. This does not endear them to many of their fellow residents, even when they solve the case.

In the final moments of season 1, as the trio celebrates, Mabel goes to get some champagne from her apartment. While she is away, Charles and Oliver receive a text telling them to get out of the building. They go to try and get Mabel, only to find her bloody and kneeling over the dead body of one of their disgruntled neighbors, Bunny (Jayne Houdyshell), though Mabel claims "it’s not what it looks like." The three are then taken into police custody.

Only Murders in the Building season 2 episode 8 helped clear the board of many suspects, solidifying a few more and even introducing a dark horse candidate. Let's breakdown the list of suspects from least to most likely killers.

Charles, Mabel and Oliver

Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short in Only Murders in the Building

Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

The podcast team has seemed stuck for a while trying to prove their innocence for Bunny's murder, but episode 8 finally points things in a specific direction (we'll get to that in a bit), but how will all the pieces fit?

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer in Only Murders in the Building

Amy Schumer in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Barbara Nitke/Hulu)

While there's another Amy Schumer mention in episode 8, we haven't seen the season 2 guest star since episode 2. Barring a massive twist, her job this season was to give us a few good early laughs and then bid adieu.

Nina

Steve Martin and Christine Ko in Only Murders in the Building

Steve Martin and Christine Ko in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Nina (Christine Ko) was back for the first time since she gave birth in episode 8, which offered some growth for the new board president. Yes, she is unfairly harsh to Lester the doorman at first, but in talking with him she gains a better appreciation for what he does and the old charms of the Arconia, leaving her questioning her plans to update. On the murder side, again, her closeness to Bunny and now her known whereabouts during the blackout are ironclad in terms of proving her innocence.

Detective Williams

Da'Vine Joy Randolph in Only Murders in the Building

Da'Vine Joy Randolph in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

Detective Williams (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) proved once again that she is a critical ally for the Only Murders team in episode 7. It's nice to know they have at least one person from NYPD that they can trust.

Howard

Michael Cyril Creighton in Only Murders in the Building

Michael Cyril Creighton in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

Despite some early season red flags, Howard (Michael Cyril Creighton) always seemed an unlikely candidate to be Bunny's killer. Episode 8 affirms that theory, as his biggest priority during the blackout is having a cute date with new tenant, Jonathan, and inspiring the Arconia with a yodel version of "Sound of Silence."

Lucy

Zoe Margaret Colletti in Only Murders in the Building

Zoe Margaret Colletti in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Considering Lucy (Zoe Margaret Colletti) was being pursued by the person with the knife in episode 8, we had it a bit far-fetched that she would set all that up; especially since we saw scenes of her being legit afraid. The only lingering doubt we have is what was she doing with Detective Kreps at the end of episode 8?

Uma Heller

Jackie Hoffman in Only Murders in the Building

Jackie Hoffman in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Barbara Nitke/Hulu)

We’ve assumed for a while now that Uma is not Bunny’s killer, but once again we can’t officially cross her out because her alibi to any of the happenings hasn’t been established yet. Yes, she’s an older woman and unlikely to be chasing Lucy down in the middle of a blackout, but not appearing amongst the other residents during the blackout is enough to make you at least curious. 

Teddy Dimas

Nathan Lane in Only Murders in the Building

Nathan Lane in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Another one of the Arconia residents we did not see during the blackout makes it possible, if however unlikely, that Teddy could still be the murderer until something confirms it otherwise. The timing with his arrest and Bunny’s death don’t line up so it would probably be poor writing if it does happen (something we would not accuse the Only Murders creators of to date), but it technically can’t be ruled out. 

Leonora Folger

Shirley MacLaine in Only Murders in the Building

Shirley MacLaine in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Barbara Nitke/Hulu)

It's a bit surprising that we haven't seen or heard from Leonora Folger (Shirley MacLaine) since episode 2. It would be weird to introduce Bunny's mother and her interest in the painting and then not follow up on it. Is it something that could lead to her murder? We're less convinced now that better suspects have come forward, but it doesn't feel like her story should be done at this point.

Alice

Cara Delevingne in Only Murders in the Building

Cara Delevingne in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Alice is still on the outs with Mabel and was absent from episode 8, but she is far from absolved. Perhaps she was the figure chasing Lucy down; we never get a clear look at the masked person. It really all depends on how far Alice is willing to go for her art.

Poppy White

Adina Verson

Adina Verson in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

While we still think that Cinda Canning is the more likely candidate to be the murderer based on everything we know about the ruthless podcaster, her all too eager to please assistant Poppy (Adina Verson) cannot be ruled out. The relationship is complicated between the assistant/aspiring podcaster and her abusive boss to say the least, but is committing murder a hidden responsibility of her job? 

Jonathan

OK, so admittedly we kind of hope that this one is not true as Jonathan and Howard seem to have a sweet little romance going, but we can’t ignore a late player into the game so easily; especially one who appears to have an allergy to pets. Since Jonathan is having his impromptu date with Howard, he isn’t the one chasing Lucy, but she does mention that the killer sneezed when he was in the secret passageways and for the show to call that out with Jonathan is a big red flag. Or a red herring.

Cinda Canning

Tina Fey in Only Murders in the Building

Tina Fey in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Hulu)

We weren’t given any more clues that Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) was the murderer in episode 8, but she still feels like a strong contender. She has a motive in trying to set up this new rival podcast and the resources at her disposal to find out about many of the things that would have given her the upper hand. Plus, how much fun would it be if Tina Fey turned out to be the murderer? 

Detective Kreps

Zoe Margaret Colletti and Michael Rapaport in Only Murders in the Building

Zoe Margaret Colletti and Michael Rapaport in Only Murders in the Building (Image credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Confirmed, Detective Kreps (Michael Rapaport) is Glitter Guy. From him wincing in pain when someone runs into his arm to the literal glitter on his neck (that stuff is so hard to get rid of), there is no question about it. The question now is is Glitter Guy also the murderer?

Considering Kreps was at the Arconia shortly after the blackout ended, it would certainly seem he was the one that was chasing Lucy in the secret passageways. But the observation from Lucy that the murderer sneezed when she saw him that fateful night seems like a big clue. From what we could tell Kreps didn’t sneeze while in the passageways.

Kreps could have certainly pulled it all off himself, but if there is a second accomplice, who could it be?

Only Murders in the Building season 2 airs new episodes on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK on Tuesdays.

Michael Balderston
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.