Ryan Murphy got the idea for the Netflix show he made from the Watcher case. The show has a made-up plot that tells the end of the story of an unknown person who sent threatening letters to a wealthy family in New Jersey. Even though the show gives the victims some closure for their pain, it is not meant to be a form of justice. Instead, this made-up story helps the characters get over their worries and fears.
Nora (Naomi Watts) and Dean Brannock – Bobby Cannavale is in New York City after the end of 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey. One of Karen’s friends says that Nora’s pottery success has her “riding high.” But she soon breaks down when she gets home one night and finds Dean trying to figure out who another Watcher is.
Theodora Birch, their close friend, and a private investigator who has cancer, calls them soon after they get their first call. She tells them that her condition has gotten worse very quickly. When Nora and Dean go to the hospital, they see Theodora in her bed. She tells them that she has been watching them the whole time and that they need to go home because their personal lives are getting more complicated.
A few days later, when things at home are even worse, Theodora calls Dean again from her hospital room to ask for help. When she tells him she’s been the Watcher the whole time, he asks her to take him to where his wife is lying in bed. She said that when she first saw the house, she fell in love with it.
As soon as she put in an offer on the house, she claimed it as her own and sold it to pay for her cancer treatments. She came up with a complicated plan to get the house back. Actors pretended to be someone who told Dean about Margo Martindale’s blood cult, and a young girl with pigtails crept into Dean’s bedroom at night.
At her funeral, Theodora’s daughter tells the Brannocks that her mother made up the story to make everyone feel better. Theodora didn’t want their relationship to fall apart because she couldn’t help them figure out what was going on.
Dean’s therapist shows him how the Watcher affects the Brannock family by showing him 657 Boulevard, which is now called Boulevard because Karen bought it. Dean admits that he saw his siblings’ scary run-in with the Watcher, and then he says that it still makes him feel uneasy. Karen bought Boulevard and moved in, but she soon gave up on her new house and left quickly.
This happened right when Karen was facing the Watcher, who was also called “the Watcher” by accident. Dean watches as his replacements look through the mailbox for a letter he sent them in the past. At this point, he is just a middleman between himself and the Watcher when it comes to mail. Or is he just crazy about checking to see if he has mail? Due to his obsession, Dean now takes his place as a Watcher.
Dean finds out from Nora that she is interested in how his job interview in the city went. She has no idea that her husband is lying, which makes it seem like he is already home. Her husband is stuck in traffic in New York City and won’t get there until later. Even though Dean is crazy about the Watcher, Nora parks in front of her parked car and follows him. This could mean that she is okay with her marriage not working out or that she just likes the attention she gets from stalking.
In the last scene of the series, the idea for The Cut is talked about. Derek Broaddus, a real-life resident of 657 Boulevard, says of his obsession with The Watcher, “It’s like cancer.” He and the other people who live there think about their obsession every day.
The last episode doesn’t answer all of our questions. For example, the watcher’s name is still unknown, just like in the real case. Also, no one knows who the girl with pigtails was who got into Dean’s room. Roger Kaplan, who is played by Michael Nouri, seems to know John Westfield from somewhere and asks him how his family is doing. But there are no answers given to these mysteries.
The Watcher tells a different, more detailed version of the story than the real one. At the beginning of the show, we get a quick look at the body before it is completely covered in black. During this time, we can also see parts of the creature. Karen, a sneaky real estate agent, moves into 657 Boulevard. When the creature kills her dog and hides in a trapdoor behind the stairs, we get our best look at it. Karen screams because she is scared of the thing in the street behind her.
No matter how hard you try to study the figure, you can’t tell who in the cast might look like the Watcher. One reason for this is that one actor hid his shape by wearing a thick robe with a hood over it.