Can the ‘Defending Jacob’ Book Ending Tell Us Anything About the Show Finale?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chris Evans of Defending Jacob

Apple TV+’s Defending Jacob — starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and Jaeden Martell — relies on the novel of the identical identify by William Landay. The present focuses on District Attorney Andy Barber and his spouse Laurie Barber, as they arrive to phrases with the accusation that their 14-year-old son, Jacob, is a assassin? 

Chris Evans of Defending Jacob
Chris Evans speaks on the display screen with Morten Tyldum, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Mark Bomback of ‘Defending Jacob’ | David Livingston/Getty Images

Did Jacob do it? Did he not? As a number of components recommend guilt whereas others recommend innocence, the story takes followers, and the household concerned on a rollercoaster of thriller, suspense, and emotion. With seven episodes down, and just one remaining, can the guide ending assist deduce what might occur on the finish of the present? Let’s dive into what occurs in Landay’s Defending Jacob, and what the present director has mentioned concerning the present’s similarities and variations with the guide. 

[‘Defending Jacob’ episode 7 and novel spoilers under]

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What occurs on the finish of the novel, ‘Defending Jacob?’

At the tip of the seventh episode of Defending Jacob, Andy Barber’s preliminary prime suspect, Leonard Patz, is proven writing a suicide notice. In the notice, he confesses to murdering Ben Rifkin. Patz is a recognized youngster molester whose historical past of involvement with younger boys, in addition to his proximity to Ben’s homicide scene match the invoice. 

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While this stays much like the guide, the final episode might have a number of shocks in retailer that differ from the unique plot. In the novel, Andy and Laurie assume that Patz confesses to forestall Jacob from going to jail — in an act of self-punishment, or an try and clear his conscience for acts he ought to have been despatched to jail for a very long time in the past. However, they don’t imagine Patz is responsible. In the present, Andy appears satisfied that his son is harmless; he refuses to just accept in any other case, so a change of coronary heart this late within the sport appears unlikely for Andy. 

The guide ends with the household occurring a trip to place the homicide trial behind them. They head to the Caribbean, and Jacob befriends a woman named Hope whereas vacationing. Hope goes lacking, her physique turns up useless, and Laurie turns into 100% satisfied that her son is a killer. She crashed her automobile along with her son inside, killing Jacob and critically injuring herself. Yet, in keeping with the author and government producer, Mark Bomback, such will not be the plan for the present. 

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The present’s ending for ‘Defending Jacob’ will reportedly differ from the guide

As Bustle notes, Mark Bomback advised Deadline some time again that the present will shock followers who learn the guide as nicely. He mentioned that the novel would “not tell the ultimate plot of the series.” 

While the present might not differ from the novel in its entirety, as a number of facets have remained parallel up so far, some huge switches from the supply materials could also be on the horizon.

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The present appears to have two major choices for delivering on its promise to deviate from the novel. One: make Ben Rifkin the true killer. Two: indicate that Jacob is the killer, however go about differently, leaving the reality undetermined.

Will Jacob survive to stay one other day, as Laurie battles with the conviction that her son is a killer? Does Jacob survive, die in a distinct style, or go on to stay a traditional life — by no means discovering himself wrapped up in such a multitude once more? All stays to be seen when episode eight premieres. 

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