Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester leads the cast of Netflix’s latest thriller, The weekend away. Based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Alderson, it tells the story of best friends Kate (played by Christina Wolfe) and Beth (Meester), who travel to Croatia for a long-awaited girls’ weekend. Their journey, however, takes a dark turn when Kate is killed.
Determined to solve her friend’s murder, Beth stays in Croatia and soon finds herself a suspect. So who killed Kate? Newsweek has everything you need to know. Warning, there are spoilers below.
What Happened at the End of ‘The Weekend Away’: Who Killed Kate?
At the end of Netflix The weekend away Beth discovers the truth about who killed her best friend – and in a shocking twist, it turns out to be the person closest to her all along.
Beth’s husband Rob (Luke Norris) was the killer, not Croatian policeman Pavic (Amar Bukvic).
Pavic became the prime suspect as he was believed to be the last person to see Kate alive. After all, CCTV footage showed him driving her home – and showed a man who looked like him punching Kate on the boardwalk before pushing her into the water.
Because Pavic had a history of sexual misconduct, police believed he became angry when Kate rejected his sexual advances and attacked her.
By the time the real killer was revealed, however, Pavic was already dead: he had died in a fall during a struggle with Beth.
It was this fight with Beth that finally convinced Croatian detectives that she had not killed her friend. They apologized for not believing his innocence earlier and the case was effectively closed as Pavic falsely declared the killer.
Back in London, Beth finally put it all back together when she visited Rob with their daughter, Aster.
While looking for her spare car key in Rob’s apartment, she discovered one of the pearls from Kate’s necklace in her jacket pocket.
At the beginning of The weekendBeth had given Kate the necklace to celebrate the start of their vacation, which meant Rob must have seen Kate the night she disappeared.
Rob claimed to have arrived in Croatia on the second day to comfort Beth and, in hindsight, the timing seemed a bit too convenient.
Beth called lead detective Kovac (Iva Mihalic) from Rob’s bathroom and put her phone in her pocket. She then agreed to stay for the cup of tea that Rob had previously offered, where she took the opportunity to confront him.
Rob confessed (quite readily) to Beth that he killed Kate, but claimed it was an accident. He admitted he went to Croatia to confront Kate, fearing she would tell Beth about their affair.
In a flashback, Kate and Rob were seen arguing on the rocks by the sea about their relationship. Rob claimed Kate screamed and cried about their affair ending, saying she was in love with him, but that wasn’t true. In reality, Kate had rejected Rob, saying their affair was a mistake and the biggest regret of her life.
Rob then became violent and pushed Kate onto the rocks, where she hit her head and fell into the sea. He told Beth he thought Kate died instantly from her injuries, but the Autopsy report revealed Kate was alive when she fell in the water, meaning Rob left her to drown.
Fortunately, Kovac heard Rob’s confession on the phone and had already sent the British police to arrest him, and Beth was kind enough to let him know.
As soon as Rob realized he had been caught, he tried to go after Beth but she was able to grab their daughter and run away.
Beth also realized the weekend wasn’t about Kate getting over her breakup with Jay (Parth Thakerar), but about Kate trying to help Beth realize who she was before she met Rob and without him.
The ending of the Netflix adaptation differs slightly from the novel. In the book, Beth doesn’t confront Rob and the story ends with realizing her husband was the one behind her best friend’s death.
The Weekend is streaming on Netflix now.