Netflix's '42 Days of Darkness' Ending Explained: Did Mario Medina kill his wife Veronica Montes?

The husband becomes crucial as the investigation gets underway and all signs point to him as one of the main suspects


                            Netflix's '42 Days of Darkness' Ending Explained: Did Mario Medina kill his wife Veronica Montes?
A still from '42 Days of Darkness' (Netflix)
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Netflix's '42 Days of Darkness' ends on a rather contemplative note. It's obscure, but the message is clear. The first Chilean series to be produced by the streamer makes for a rather intriguing watch and borrows the plot loosely based on a true story. The investigative drama comprising six episodes constantly asks hard-hitting questions.

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Quickly jumping into the plot, Veronica Montes, a mother of two mysteriously disappears and her sister Cecilia begins a frantic search. The local authorities and the media wade their way into the case that throws a curveball at every stage. The emotional stakes are equally high as the show focuses on Veronica's children — Kari and Emi, and the tumult they go through as the investigation gets underway.

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'42 Days of Darkness ' Ending Explained: Did Mario kill his wife Veronica Montes?

The investigation reveals that Mario, Veronica's husband had not called his wife once after her disappearance. This pushed him right on top of the suspect list and it was hard to either label it as ignorance or sheer carelessness. The other red flag was in his story where he stated that he called Karen on while she was on her way back from school. The daughter, in her account, negates that statement by saying her father had not called her as her phone was switched off at the time. That Mario dealt with more trivial issues rather than focusing on the search for his wife, or the fact that she was involved in an affair as the case raged on, made him one of the prime suspects in the case.

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Mario was also the key reason for major conflicts. While one part of the family was sure he was innocent, the other part struggled to understand his peculiar nature and continued to suspect him in Veronica's disappearance. Things take a turn for the worse when Mario changes his testimony and alleges Cecilia was involved in the kidnapping. The psychiatry evaluation also revealed that he was keen on referring to his wife in the past tense and was hiding the whole truth. In addition, it was he who called the police saying he had found his wife's body in the attic.

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Almost two years after her funeral, Veronica's body was exhumed and sent to forensics, only to yield inconclusive evidence and not deem Mario as the murderer. With the authorities and the court failing to establish links between one of the suspected killers and Mario, he was eventually acquitted, and it was all about all the parties making peace with the fact that maybe he had indeed killed his wife, or not.

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'42 Days of Darkness' is currently streaming on Netflix.