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Bodyguard: Keeley Hawes sets Twitter alight as she teases Julia Montague’s fate

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Who killed Julia Montague?

It’s the question on everybody’s minds ahead of the final instalment of BBC One’s Bodyguard, which is due to air on Sunday 23 September. Some have pointed the finger squarely at David Budd (Richard Madden), suggesting his grief is a façade, that he himself replaced the bullets in his gun with blank rounds, and that his occasional blank stares are suggestive of blackouts, as a result of his PTSD. Others have taken the seemingly villainous Longcross and his shadowy associates at face value, insisting that the Secret Service bumped off Montague (Keeley Hawes).

And then there’s the new trailer for the finale, which appears to point blame for Montague’s death on Commander Anne Sampson (Gina McKee).

Suspicious? Absolutely. A red herring? Almost definitely.

Indeed, an increasing number of people have suggested an alternative theory: Montague faked her own death, and will appear – alive and well – at some point in the finale.

From Montague’s surname to the apparent rose in Budd’s, fans everywhere have begun falling upon Romeo & Juliet imagery everywhere in the BBC One show.

It makes sense, then, that they believe Montague – much like Juliet – faked her own death. And that David, our tragic gun-wielding hero, falsely believes his lover has met her maker, just as Romeo did.

This may seem like a stretch of the imagination, but it’s worth noting that Montague had contacts high up in the security services (and had seen several attempts made on her life), so she had good reason for making those out to get her think they had succeeded. Her death took place off-screen. We never saw her breathe her last, we never saw the line go flat on the heart monitor, and we never saw the look in her eyes as she met her maker. Indeed, we haven’t even been treated to a shot of a pale Budd identifying his lover’s body in the morgue (now a compulsory staple of all big crime dramas). Her closed-casket ceremony was basically carried out under cover of darkness.

Plus there’s the fact that Hawes herself has been fuelling the rumours.

Earlier this week, the actress posted the query, “Is Julia Montague alive?” in response to a request on Twitter for questions for Jed Mercurio, the show’s creator.     

Mercurio replied to Hawes: “Is she though? @Misskeeleyhawes – just riffing here – maybe people should watch #Bodyguard on Sunday night 9pm @BBCOne … ? Absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence.”

Hmm.

Then, of course, there is Mercurio’s comments on This Morning, which saw him state: “We’re all sitting back and enjoying the speculation. It’s great that people have their own theories.

“Actually, I do look at some of the bigger theories and it’s interesting that occasionally there’s a grain of truth.”

Referring to the fact that he previously killed off a character played by Hawes in his series Line Of Duty, Mercurio added: “That’s also part of the history, the fact that it happened before makes people swing towards the idea that she must obviously be dead.

“But then there are other things that are in the drama that make the observant people swing towards the idea that possibly that’s a ruse. We’re just sitting back and enjoying the response and the speculation.”

To throw in a little extra speculation: maybe take a closer look at the BBC One show’s official posters (one of which serves as the lead image for this story), as they themselves seem to depict a spoiler or two, too. And that’s all we’re saying on that little matter.

Bodyguard continues Sunday night at 9pm on BBC One. You can catch up on iPlayer here.

Image: BBC One

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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