As the investigation into the disappearance of baby Noah was launched, Alistair’s ex-wife Alexandra came under the spotlight, and by mid-way through the episode, it seemed like the case was all wrapped up.
However, BBC One’s psychological thriller put a whole new theory on the table by the end of the episode, blowing the whole thing wide open again.
Given we are now as baffled as (if not more than) at the end of the first episode, we have a lot of questions we’re going to need answers to...
What did Alexandra get up to when she was in Joanna and Alistair’s cottage?
We saw Alexandra sneak into the place Joanna and Alistair were staying in Australia, but what did she do while she was there? Was she really just having a “sticky beak” as she suggested, or was she up to something else?
What was the knowing look between Alistair’s mum and Alexandra about?
When Alistair’s mum asked her former daughter-in-law to put some things in the freezer for her, they shared a glance when Alexandra noticed something in there, and it appeared like Alistair’s mum had a specific reason for asking her to go into the freezer. Could this be a clue that she is somehow involved?
How did Joanna get the bruises on her arm?
While getting undressed to have a bath, Joanna revealed her heavily bruised arm, and until that point we hadn’t seen any indication as to where she would have got them from.
Our guess is that she got them during the row her and Alistair were later spotted having at the side of the road in a flashback (more on that later). But could it maybe also suggest Alistair is being abusive to his wife?
Who is Luke Holt?
After being advised to stay off social media, Joanna used a burner phone to see what people were saying about her online before also beginning to leave comments on the case of her missing son.
However, she was doing this through a profile of someone called Luke Holt. Is this an alias she had earlier created for herself, or is this someone that she knows and has their login details? If the latter is the case, how did she come to have them?
Who was in the back garden at 6am?
Joanna claimed to have heard rustling in the back garden of Alistair’s mum’s house, and while she initially put it down to being “half asleep”, could it have been someone trying to cover their tracks?
How did Noah’s bootie come to be in Alexandra’s house?
While all the signs have been pointing to Alexandra being involved in Noah’s disappearance, it seems too obvious too early on in the series - especially given what happened in the final 60 seconds of the show. But if she isn’t responsible, how did Noah’s bootie come to be in her house? Could it have been planted?
What were Jo and Alistair rowing about on the side of the road?
Joanna’s scrolling through social media revealed that her and Alistair had been spotted rowing roadside following Noah’s disappearance, and the witness had reported it to police. They had obviously gone somewhere to avoid being seen, but what were they doing there and what had gotten them so worked up?
Are they both responsible for their son’s disappearance?
Their cryptic conversation about Alexandra and Chloe “not deserving this” appeared to suggest they had fit them up to take the blame for Noah’s disappearance, while their comments about being “one step ahead” of the police also shone a massive light of suspicion on them.
However, the very final moments of the episode made us reevaluate everything we’d seen so far when it was (seemingly) revealed Noah wasn’t even in the car when he was ‘kidnapped’?
What really happened to Noah?
While the final scene could be one of Joanna’s visions, we have to consider the possibility it was real, and if so, what this means now for the case. Was Noah taken before that? Or are the couple covering up something more sinister? Whatever reason, we’re going to need to know why they were staging their own son’s kidnap.
‘The Cry’ continues next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
CORRECTION: The headline of this story has been corrected to remove a typo and clarify that the name of the series is The Cry not They Cry.