Rarely do we find a show that, despite being somewhat predictable, nevertheless manages to tackle the story in a creative way that keeps the viewer enthralled despite knowing what can happen. I believe that because we as viewers have been accustomed to watching the same kind of content, we are drawn to anything with a brief run-time. We adored that Chloe only had six episodes. There was no place at all for the ennui that might result from speculating on what might happen next. Regarding the show’s premise, it drew us in with a problem that affects everyone in the digital age—constantly comparing our lives to those of others. It was handled in a pretty realistic manner, lacking the idealistic overtones that are typically present in content dealing with such topics. It was about coming to terms with oneself, accepting the difficulties of one’s existence, and accepting the possibility that others might experience similar difficulties. To understand the simplicity hidden underneath the complexity of the digital world, let’s learn Chloe’s story.
Warning: Major Spoilers
How Are Chloe And Becky Related?
Becky Green spends a significant amount of time stalking Chloe Fairbourne’s social media accounts at the start of the programme. Although Becky’s interest in her life is not immediately apparent, it is obvious that she is filled with jealously and longing everytime she views it on her phone. We only begin to comprehend Becky’s genuine emotions and reasons for acting when more of the tale is revealed. Becky resides with her dementia-afflicted mother. She appears to fluctuate between giving her daughter harsh criticism and unwavering encouragement. Comparing oneself to Chloe Fairbourne appears to be Becky’s defining behaviour in her life of loneliness. When Becky learns that Chloe has passed away and decides she wants to find out why, we start to question whether it is the behaviour of someone who occasionally becomes infatuated with an online presence.
Chloe Fairbourne led a life that was ideal. She was wealthy, gorgeous, and lived a life full of exotic travels with a very attractive husband who claimed to adore her dearly. This was all posted on her social media profile. Then, one day, condolences for her passing began to appear in her postings’ comment sections. As a result, Becky embarks on a quest to ascertain the cause of Chloe’s passing. In the end, it comes out that Becky and Chloe were childhood friends and each other’s closest confidantes. Becky only confided in Chloe about her sister Sasha’s death from bathtub drowning. She explained to Chloe that although though her mother had never placed the guilt for the passing on her, it had irrevocably altered their bond.
When Chloe transferred to a new school and began forming friendships with a new set of people, Becky and her relationship had already broken down. Since she was the one person Becky had grown to trust with her darkest secrets, she was unable to move past the loss of their friendship and it affected her for the rest of her life. In the climactic episode, we learn that Chloe wrote Becky a letter in which she expressed her regret for shunning her after making new acquaintances. Along with some unsettling discoveries about Elliot, she makes reference to how much she loves Becky and how he doesn’t like it when she does things he doesn’t agree with. The note was accompanied by old photos of Chloe and Becky as well as other mementos of their connection. This was evidence that Chloe never lost sight of their friendship. Chloe actually contacted Becky just before she passed away, indicating that she had no other friends with whom she would have preferred to chat. This largely explains Becky’s behaviour throughout the show.
We adore this episode because of how genuinely it addresses the subject of friendship loss. Due to the death of Chloe, Becky was unable to build meaningful relationships with anybody else. Becky had complete faith in Chloe. When Becky’s best friend dumped her, what must she have gone through? Did she not merit it? Was she not up to par? Why couldn’t someone she cared about even regard her as deserving of some rudimentary manner of communication? Our culture seriously undervalues the impact friendship dynamics can have on us throughout the course of our life. Therefore, Becky had to find out what it was about when she noticed that Chloe wanted to speak to her just before she passed away. We question why she didn’t just call the cops. Perhaps it was her enduring trust issues that prevented her from having faith in a reliable system of justice?
Season 1: Ending Explained Is Chloe Dead Or Alive? Does Becky Get Over Her Past?
Using Sasha, the name of her deceased sister, as her alter identity, Becky has infiltrated Chloe’s social circle. But as the story comes to a close, her web of deceit is unravelling, and she is now in a race against time to learn the truth about what really happened to Chloe. Despite the fact that she was aware that Chloe was not having an affair with Richard as she had first believed, she was undoubtedly unhappy in her marriage to Elliot. He believed that IVF was the only way for them to conceive, and he did not realise that Chloe was using birth control because she did not want to have children with him. Elliot had enormous influence over everyone he ever came into contact with since he was a serious bully and a master manipulator. This is the explanation for why Richard did not arrive to pick up Chloe on the night of her escape. Chloe decided to take her chance during Elliot’s speech and snuck away from him, leaving behind the keys to the caravan where she was supposed to go and the box of cash that would at least temporarily support her. She paid a high price for this error. She travels to her parents’ house out of desperation and begs them not to tell Elliot about her. However, Elliot convinces Chloe’s mother to tell him where she is. Unfortunately, what comes next gives us more questions than it does answers. Right before Chloe falls to her death, she has a fight with Elliot at the cliff’s edge. We’re not sure if Elliot pushed her or if she fell on her own after slipping. Her mother, who witnessed the entire incident, claims she has no memory of what she saw. It can imply that she had the same distorted perspective as the TV audience or that she was unable to accept the fact that her daughter had been killed and that she was somehow involved. Because in all scenarios, Elliot played a direct part in Chloe’s passing, which cannot be denied. We sincerely hope that additional answers will be provided in the second season of the show. We haven’t yearned for a second season of anything in a very long time. And honestly, this is one of the few shows in recent television history that deserves it and would justify it.
When it comes to Becky, Chloe s confession of the reasons she drifted away from her brought her some closure. Also, throughout the show, as more and more details of Chloe s life are revealed to her, they bring moments of reckoning for Becky as well, forcing her to confront her own unresolved feelings and trauma. As the show ends, with Becky looking out of the caravan where Chloe was supposed to be, we can deduce that she is on a journey of healing. She has found the answer to the mystery of her friend s death, though not completely, and we can tell that she is still seeking justice. But her own personal journey of self-discovery has started, and that makes us incredibly happy.
Final Thoughts: Why Does This Show Work So Well?
To answer the question simply, it is because of how grounded in reality it is. And we don t mean the plot by that; we mean the exploration of friendships, of trauma, and of how it plays out in an age of over-information where you can t really lose sight of another person despite wanting to. The changing relationship between Chloe and Becky is one of the most realistic portrayals of the long-term effects of the loss of a friendship. The heartbreak is worse than that of a break-up. The only other show that comes to mind in terms of an accurate portrayal of this is Fleabag. It is a well-written show, and while the first 20 minutes were slow, the rest of it was nothing short of captivating. A true diamond in the rough. Other than the obvious point of not going by the filtered reality we present online, it is also a lesson in the value of a strong sense of self. And that is why we can t recommend this show enough. It s everything we want from a weekend binge and much more.