'The Cry': Who is responsible for baby Noah's disappearance in Episode 1?

A Reddit user suggests an unexpected name as guilty in Noah's murder case and it can lead to an explanation on why the murder was committed


                            'The Cry': Who is responsible for baby Noah's disappearance in Episode 1?

When Jenna Coleman's character, Joanna, appears in the first episode of BBC One's adaptation of Helen Fitzgerald's 2013 novel, 'The Cry', she is seen standing in a trial. The strange expression on her face is neither of victory or defeat, it suggests a state of relief in a situation when Joanna should clearly be terrified of what has happened. However, she is not, and as she explains to her therapist, it seems that the young mother has been maintaining two faces all along. 

Following the plight of the young mother, 'The Cry' deals with her eventual fall into the dark pits of postpartum depression. Throughout the first episode, Joanna is seen struggling to keep her baby boy, Noah, quiet.

His cry almost envelopes Joanna's thoughts and has been skillfully used to mark the difference in a scene between his presence and absence. Noah's cries almost disappear towards the end of the first episode when Joanna and her husband Alistair (played by Ewen Leslie) discover him missing from the car. The scene once again spirals back to the courtroom, where Joanna now has a thin smile on her face. 

Was Joanna maintaining two faces all along? (Twitter)
Was Joanna maintaining two faces all along? (Twitter)

A Reddit user has claimed that Joanna probably always knew where her son is, and she is about to take that secret to the grave with her. While it might initially seem that under the pressure of postpartum depression Joanna might have killed Noah, the user suggests that it is actually Alistair who killed the boy.

It might be a little difficult to entirely wrap ourselves around the fact that Alistair could be a murderer. It is true that he did not take up any of the responsibilities to take care of Noah, but he is also a father who is traveling all the way to Australia to regain custody of his 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, from his previous marriage.

The first seeds of uncertainty in Alistair's actions were sown when he claimed that his marriage with his former wife, Alexander (played by Asher Keddie), was almost over, but things changed when he had Chloe. However, it is true that Alistair has shown no such attachment towards Noah.

The user points out, "Alistair practically didn’t take part in baby’s issues. The dude (I can’t call him 'the man', remember 'Infinity War') was literally sleeping almost all time on the plane with an eyepatch and earbuds as his partner was trying to calm their baby down for hours having the backache." However, Alistairs' sheer indifference towards his newborn son cannot prove him to be the murderer. 

Alistair was almost indifferent to Joanna's pain. (Twitter)
Alistair was almost indifferent to Joanna's pain. (Twitter)

In order to lay down the case, the user suggested that something must have happened between the couple leaving the cottage and arriving at the store. One extremely interesting fact that the user pointed out is that the baby's cry immediately disappears the moment the couple gets out of the cottage. "At first he was silent in the cottage, there was a stranger though, that old lady. Secondly, he was silent in the car during the ride to a shop, and even music was playing during that ride, but there weren’t any signs of crying. Why didn’t he cry? Maybe he was dead at the time."



 

Also, when the focus shifted to Joanna's face, she seemed kind of lost. However, she wasn't distracted. She seemed lost out of fear which was pretty evident in her expression. The user mentioned, "Was he even in the car in the evening before his 'abduction'? Remember, he wasn’t being shown at all during the ride or after Alistair came into the shop. The series' creators always showed him, but not then. Just his empty crib when Alistair 'saw it'. Well, I am pretty sure, there were only Alistair and Joanna."

While the synopsis that reads: "Joanna and Alistair travel from Scotland to Australia with their baby son Noah, to see Alistair's mother and to fight for custody of his 14-year-old daughter from his previous marriage; when they arrive, unforeseen events change their lives forever," leaves little room for conclusions, this fan theory proves to point the finger at the real culprits.

Joanna was, in fact, keeping the nanny away from Noah's room ever since they arrived at the cottage, but if she really knew about it why did she let Alistair go ahead with it? We will probably find out when the second episode airs next Thursday on Sundance Now.