In the play, once the wedding has been completely destroyed by Claudio and Pedro, everybody leaves except for Hero’s family, Benedick, and the friar. It is at this point that Hero protests her innocence and the plan for faking her death is hatched.
So…what’s the modern version of this after the video cuts out? Hero, Bea and Ben have headed for the living room, with Ursula right behind them. Is the birthday party going to break up, leaving them and Leo alone in the house? Is the series going to go full out and fake Hero’s death? (More trigger warnings coming up if that’s the case, presumably.)
The thing I’ve been wondering about is Hero’s “under control” lung condition that she referred to in an earlier video. Is that going to come into play? Are they going to pretend that this incident has aggravated her condition and she’s in hospital? Or worse yet, that she’s died from it?
The problem with going full out and faking Hero’s death is that to make that even marginally believable for Claudio and Pedro, Hero and Leo’s parents would have to come back home. And that in itself would scupper the whole plan, because once Real Adults arrive on the scene, they’re not going to go along with faking their kid’s death; rather, they’re going to demand answers and put a quick end to the drama. (Which would derail the plot.)
So I suspect we’re actually looking at just Hero in the hospital? Or Hero transferring to another school? (Admittedly, that last one doesn’t seem likely. In the play, Claudio is consumed with guilt once he finds out that he caused Hero’s death for no reason; if all that happened to her was that she got packed off to boarding school, it’s not exactly the same gut-wrenching catalyst for his character growth.)
The thing is, of course, that since there are a whole bunch of people watching these videos, we’re not going to see the plan being hatched; it’s just going to be presented online as truth.
Should be interesting!