Can Andre Layton solve the murder on Snowpiercer Season 1?

Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner in Snowpiercer season 1. Image courtesy Justina Mintz / TNT
Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner in Snowpiercer season 1. Image courtesy Justina Mintz / TNT /

Snowpiercer Season 1 has quickly got into the details of the story. Andre Layton has been pulled from the Tail to solve the murder, but can he do the job?

Andre Layton has one job to do on Snowpiercer Season 1. He needs to solve a murder. It should be simple onboard a train, but not when everyone is working against him. Can he solve the mystery?

As a TV crime drama, the answer will likely be yes. Whether it’s going to happen partway through the season or at the end of it is another thing, but Layton will likely do the job that he’s been given. He’s the last homicide detective, and it’s clear he was a good one. This is a man who sees just the smallest things and can quickly build evidence and a case.

The problem is everyone is working against him. And that’s not just the murderer.

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First Class wants the murder quickly resolved. This happened the last time, which meant an innocent person was convicted of murder. The people in First Class don’t really care about justice but about making themselves feel safe. They just want to keep their current balance.

Then, of course, there’s the murderer who doesn’t want to be caught. This murderer will do anything possible to stop Layton in his tracks, which could put our Tailie detective’s life at risk.

Hospitality and those tasked with bringing order to the train don’t exactly seem all that interested in finding the murderer. Ruth wants to keep the current class order, while Melanie just seems to want to find quick justice. It’s clear she knows something but is holding back. The Brakemen don’t trust Layton (understandable considering he fought his way onto the train instead of getting a ticket) and the guards don’t really care.

It doesn’t help that that Tail decided to attempt a coup. They’re trying to get to the engine to take control of the train. However, everything has gone wrong. They’ve been caught and someone is losing an arm. Many Up Train will see Layton as an instigator or a threat being out of the Tail, so they’re not exactly going to work with him.

And it wasn’t like Layton even wanted the job in the first place. He wasn’t going to take the case but has done purely to save the people in the Tail.

With all this, Layton doesn’t even have everything he needs. He can’t dust for fingerprints and run DNA evidence. He’s a 21st-century detective in an 18th-century form of detective work.

We’re left with everything stacked against Layton right now. All he knows for certain is that people in the Tail didn’t kill the victim. Now he needs to figure out if it was someone in Third, Second, or First. Or could it be one of the employees on the train?

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Who do you think killed the man? What will Layton need to do to solve this case? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Snowpiercer airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.