The Wolf Among Us - The Wolf Among Us - Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors
It's been a pretty wild ride, so far... and not so much with the introduction of Episode two. Oh, well, what can we expect from something in the middle? "Middle sections" are meant to be a little slow and uneventful. However, I think episode two was quite informative, and has given us a new lead, or two. Why do I say that, you might ask? Well, it's a little out there, but I think that, "The proof is in the pudding (& Pie)." Let me explain...
In this episode we're given a formal introduction to the "Pudding and Pie" adult entertainment club. More importantly, we're introduced to the seedy inhabitants of the establishment. I'm sure this has been thought of, but I haven't seen it tossed around too much (That, or I'm just too lazy to go back far enough into the threads). I think we've been introduced to the murder suspect, already. More accurately, someone who might know who he/she/it is. Who, might you ask? Hans.
Now, why do I think that? Let's go back to the first episode. When Bigby finds Faith's head, he also finds a scrap of fabric, which we assume belongs to the killer. That might be a half truth. It might not belong to the "killer" per say, but it might belong to the one that delivered Faith's head. Now, we've compared a lot of clothing articles throughout the episodes, and we've come up with some good comparisons. In my opinion, the fabric resembles denim. Now, who wears denim? It's been mentioned that Jack does, but Hans also wears jeans. But there's more...
Hans works at the Pudding and Pie, where we found out that Georgie keeps a little appointment book containing information about all of the girls. Faith worked there. So did Lily. Hmm. Wait a second! That means that Hans also has access to that book. Meaning... no way, it can't be. But, hear me out. I'm not saying that Hans is the "killer," but merely someone associated with the killer.
Let's go back to TJ's statements, about what he saw. He said that he heard someone say, "Stop laughing." More so, "Stop laughing at me." How is that important? Well, aside from the good theories of the Tweedles, and the Head-less Horseman, who all have a sense of humor, who else might be offended by someone laughing at him? Perhaps... someone rather.... simple? Think about it. In Hans' profile, it states that he's a rather dense fellow. You figure this out more if you read the Grimm entry about him, as well, which is mentioned in his profile (Loosely). He's prone to making mistakes, and Georgie states that he has communication issues (The context of the statement is not important).
People that are ridiculed often have insecurities about themselves, and express them often. Usually not in public, but to themselves when they're secluded. Perhaps Hans was the one that dumped Lily's body into the water. TJ did state he heard and unfamiliar voice, and to our knowledge Hans and TJ have yet to meet (In the game). Lily's body was tethered by the ankles to cinder blocks, and Hans is certainly a big fellow. He could heft the two around without much issue, from the looks of things. It's unclear to me if there was a second person at the bridge, but Hans would certainly have a usage for the words, "Stop laughing at me." He hates the ridicule that he suffers at the hands of society and Georgie. It could also explain how Snow's outfit was mismatched on Lily. Hans could have made a mistake obtaining it. Lily's costumes (Snow's outfit, the dress, etc) could be supplied by Georgie, or Hans. That leaves some things unanswered, but it's a start...
What other evidence do I have that suggests the Pudding and Pie being tied to the murder? Well, I thought it was strange that Georgie got upset when his stereo got busted. It didn't jump out at me, right away, but what can we see about the stereo? What did we find in the sleazy hotel? It looks like it has a cassette player on it. Hmm. Perhaps that track we hear was recorded on the same stereo? That theory is a little out there, but I found it strange that it was brought up in the scenario, to begin with.
Now, how does this all tie in? Well, when we find the floor safe, we also find the money that Bigby gave to Faith in it, or the amount, at least (I think. Bigby does react to it). Adding that all together, that places Faith, Faith's money, Lily, the appointment book (Which has all the girls' information on it, and WHERE they're located and who they're seeing), Hans (For his jeans) and the floor safe (In which it's all contained) at the Pudding and Pie.
Now, am I saying that Hans is the killer? Not necessarily. What I am saying is that Hans probably disposed of Lily's body. Faith's ring in her mouth could be a warning, but it could also be Hans' inability to perform the simplest orders properly, too. It's a little out there, but perhaps Hans mistook some instructions from his "boss" and placed the ring and ribbon in Faith's mouth, before she was beheaded. Maybe. Who knows. We won't find out more until Georgie lays off and we get a chance to speak to Hans directly.
So, who do we know that works at, or frequents, and would have access to the safe at, the Pudding and Pie? If Nerissa winds up dead, then I believe that's a good connection, and we also might have a pattern here (Faith, "Snow" and Nerissa are all princesses in their respective stories). I know that doesn't give us a definite person, but it gives us a place (Especially since the girls at the P&P seem to like to use the Open Arms quite a bit, where Lily's murder took place). What do you guys think? Feedback is appreciated, and feel free to add your own little tidbits into this. :D