All hardcore fans were naturally intrigued when TNT revived the CBS television series “Dallas” last season. After seeing the next great “Who Shot J.R. Ewing” mystery begin to unfold this year, their reverence for the beloved show has been renewed.
Larry Hagman was and will always be the man who embodied the best bad guy who ever lived. Ironically, Kevin Page “Bum”, who worked for “J.R.” as his very private detective, informed the Ewing clan that his dearly departed boss was actually working behind the scenes to help multiple family members leading up to the time of his death.
The cryptic information that Patrick Duffy “Bobby Ewing” recently read while sitting in J.R.'s bedroom apparently provides him with an answer as to who shot his brother. That juicy cliffhanger sets up what is sure to be an increasingly riveting “Whodunit” plot line that surprisingly won't stretch into the third season.
Executive Producer and head writer Cynthia Cidre confirmed at PaleyFest 2013 that a resolution to the mystery would be revealed by the end of this season. While that choice will satisfy viewers' appetites, one has to wonder if it's strategically smart when it comes to the all-important television ratings rankings?
Losing Hagman, whose character remained the most intriguing person in this fictional world, clearly changes the show's trajectory. The prevailing thought must be that the new series is strong enough to push forward on an independent path.
Prediction: There were always people who wanted to kill J.R. during his entire dastardly life. Sifting through the potential suspects would fill countless pixels.
His murderer can't be Mary Crosby “Kristin Shepard”. Three hundred and fifty million fans across the world learned long ago (November 21, 1980) that she fired the original TV shot and was later found dead (October 9, 1981) in the Southfork Ranch swimming pool. But, maybe it was one of her offspring?
A fitting resolution in that Texas' style, which serves to honor the history of this great show and pay simultaneous respect to Hagman as J.R., is likely to be slowly uncovered as the sixteenth season of “Dallas” lives on.