'Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story' Season 2 Episode 7 Preview: Will getting a gun be of any help to Betty?
What forms the crux of the series created by Alexandra Cunningham is how Betty was driven to commit the crime
Spoilers for 'Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story' Season 2 Episode 6 'The Twelfth of Never'
'Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story' is slowly inching closer to its chilling conclusion - the murders of Dan Broderick (Christian Slater) and Linda Kolkena (Rachel Keller) at the hands of Dan's ex-wife Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet). There is no mystery here; their ugly divorce reigned all over newsprint in the '80s. But what forms the crux of the series created by Alexandra Cunningham is how Betty was driven to commit the crimes.
By who? None other than her husband Dan.
One would assume that Linda might have had as much a role to play in this as Dan, but the truth is that Dan's constant lying, gaslighting and his premediating the entire divorce was what pushed Betty over the edge. It was like a domino effect resulting in only doom for all. At the end of the previous episode, Betty purchases a gun. It is now only a matter of time before she shoots down both Dan and Linda in their own home.
It is no secret that Dan has had the law on his side throughout the run of their divorce or at least knew how to maneuver his way around it. His colleagues and peers have had enough divorces to marry younger women to know how he was to safeguard his money and properties. Add to that his position as the president of the San Diego Bar Association that made it difficult for Betty to find a lawyer.
The proceedings in the court were further proof that everything was going according to his plans. The courts had ruled in his favor in all aspects and there was nothing that he lost. This had left fans of the show fuming with rage.
Now Betty has lost everything that she had built over the course of her life. The hostile divorce had also reduced her to a laughing stock in their social circle while Dan continued to rise in society, earning power and prestige. What has she left to lose? So she gets a gun.
According to the real-life story, Betty did not intend to kill the two but only wanted Dan to listen to her. So far, the show has remained pretty consistent in portraying what happened in real-life (with some dramatizations, of course), for instance, the infamous phone conversation between Betty and her son. How much of the murder will they show remains to be seen.
The next episode of 'Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story' titled 'The Shillelagh' will air on USA Network at 10 pm on July 7, 2020.