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'I Know This Much Is True' Episode 6 Finale: [Spoiler] revealed as Dominick's father, fans are relieved

After Ray has a big heart attack, Dominick decides to try and 'let the past lie' but Ray offers a piece of information that would help Dominick figure out 'where he is from'
Mark Ruffalo (HBO)
Mark Ruffalo (HBO)

Spoilers for 'I Know This Much Is True' Episode 6

In the finale episode of one of the most loved 2020 HBO series, we were taken back in time to when Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (both played by Mark Ruffalo) was young and further back in time to when the twins' mother was a young girl. Dominick had started to read his grandfather's novel after his Ma (Melissa Leo) had gifted it to him before she had passed. He had learned that his grandfather felt he was cursed by a witch because of how he treated his wife, Dominick's grandmother before she had died giving birth to Dominick's mother. It was a sad and disturbing novel and we thought that in those pages Dominick would have found the answer he had been looking for his whole life - the identity of his father, his mother had always kept it secret.

Dominick's grandfather's last line in his novel had been about his daughter knew how to keep a secret leading to Dominick to believe that his grandfather had raped his daughter and fathered Dominick and Thomas. Dr Patel, Dominick's therapist had helped Dominick understand that "secrets" could have meant anything and encouraged him to believe that he wasn't "fatherless," that he had Ray (John Procaccino), his step-father. Some fans were also hoping that wasn't true, tweeting, "I have some awful feeling his grandfather is their father..... #IKnowThisMuchIsTrue."

Although Dominick couldn't shake the way Ray had treated Thomas when the twins were younger and had even hit their mother, breaking her arm, he tried to take Dr Patel's (Archie Panjabi) advice. After Ray has a big heart attack, Dominick decides to try and "let the past lie" but Ray offers a piece of information that would help Dominick figure out "where he is from." Turns out, his grandfather was not his father - "Thank god it’s not his grandfather #IKnowThisMuchIsTrue" tweeted a fan in relief with another one replying, "I’m honestly happy the father wasn’t the grandfather  #IKnowThisMuchIsTrue." We were on the edge of our seat hoping their father was someone outside of the family.


Few episodes ago, Dominick had recited a story about when the boys were young. A young girl was killed in their schooldays, her last name was Drinkwater. In the present, Ralph Drinkwater (Michael Greyeys), that little girl's brother, also a twin, had helped Dominick get Thomas out of the Hatch Forensic Institute by stealing a file that proved Thomas was being hurt in the facility. That was the only time we've heard of the Drinkwater family. In Dominick's grandfather's novel, he had revealed his hate for the Indians even reciting a story of how he caught his little girl (Dominick's mother) dancing with an Indian at home. Ray revealed to Dominick that Henry Drinkwater, the little boy that was dancing with his mother all those years ago, was their father making Ralph and Dominick cousins. With some fans continued tweeting, "Oh thank God that's the father. #IKnowThisMuchIsTrue," some had already speculated the outcome, "I had a feeling it was him! Especially after I saw them dancing as kids. #IKnowThisMuchIsTrue."

Their mother had kept it a secret for them because it's something her father would have murdered her for - Henry was an Indian with a darker skin tone and Dominick's mother had babies with him outside of wedlock. All of this was a disgrace to Dominick's grandfather. Out of "embarrassment", Dominick's mother had kept it a secret for years and had only told Ray a few months before she passed. Henry had died in Korea and didn't even know his twin's son existed. 

Either way, what an epic and unexpected reveal.

The finale of 'I Know This Much Is True' aired Sunday at 9 pm EST on HBO.​