Fresh from the premiere on Only murder in the building season 2 (available on Hulu and Disney +), Selena Gomez revealed for Billboard that she balances her career as an actress and executive producer on the show while working on her next album in Los Angeles. Gomez’s musical career has evolved with her, and her latest album, Epiphanywas nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
Selena’s music catalog includes songs centered on love, desire and heartache, often told from a point of view not unlike her character Mabel Mora in Only murder in the building. The emotions and complex situations that his texts portray are directly related to the experiences of the series’ main characters.
ten Detective Williams – Round & Round
Initially, Detective Williams readily accepts Tim Kono’s death as an open and closed case of suicide. But when his wife informs him of some new details mentioned on the OMITB podcast, she begins to question everything. Although she wants to help Charles, Oliver and Mabel, Detective Williams must remain impartial.
Selena’s song “Round & Round” depicts two people who never get anywhere because they “never stop walking around in circles”, with the same endless conversation. Even after Detective Williams helps the podcasts with the Tim Kono case, she must remain loyal to the NYPD as her partner asks the trio a series of questions regarding Bunny’s murder in the season 2 premiere.
9 Bunny Folger – Same Old Love
The third episode of season 2 revealed that Bunny Folger enjoyed his “Same Old” routine and his friendly teasing with Uma until the day he died. Earlier, she asked Oliver to “pick up his stuff and go”, but eventually Bunny showed his gratitude to Charles, Mabel and even Oliver for rescuing Arconia.
Bunny’s murder was one of the best preparations for LEAVE OUT season 2 and its last day provided new information and new suspects. As she struggled to say her last words to Mabel, it was probably one of Bunny’s last thoughts about her killer, “You went in peace, you left me broken … too hard to breathe.”
8 Oliver Putnam – Tell me something I do not know
After the tragedy hits one of Oliver’s Broadway shows, he still has the courage to move on with his life and pursue new projects, such as Only murder in the building podcast and any subsequent opportunities it may provide in the future. Despite everyone telling him he does not belong in the show business, Oliver does not want to give up.
In “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”, Selena sings about people who tried to scare her at the beginning with the lyrics: “I hear it all the time, ‘I will never count much’, but they will never change their minds.” The same flourishing optimism and willingness to succeed can be found in Oliver.
seven Teddy Dimas – Ring
Desperate for any kind of income, Oliver goes to his old friend Teddy to ask for a major investment in the OMITB podcast. Teddy is excited about his sponsorship deal after mentioning the podcast The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Although Teddy hid dark secrets, he had the wannabe beats where he wanted them, “like dolls on a leash.”
The Dimas family had a lucrative grave robbery business for decades, and one item in particular, an emerald cocktail ring, was stolen by Mabel’s friend Zoe, which ultimately cost Zoe her life. . When Teddy thinks the trio is “doing too much”, he thinks his sponsorship will deter them from reporting him because he has them “wrapped around his finger like a ring”.
6 Tim Kono – We’m not talking anymore
After Tim Kono is threatened by Teddy Dimas and forced to hide the truth about Zoe’s death, he decides to keep his distance from Mabel to protect them both. It was easy to stay away from her when she was not living at The Arconia, but when she moved into her aunt’s apartment, Tim made it clear: “We’m not talking anymore.”
This duet could very well be a conversation between Mabel and an autopsy Tim. “There must be a good reason why you left,” it sounds like Mabel rationalizes Tim’s death. After Mabel discovers Tim’s killer, her ghost replies, “I just heard you found the one you were looking for,” and he clarifies that “it wasn’t me,” confirming that Tim’s death was murder, no. suicide.
5 Jan – Kill them with kindness
Her sweet smile and modest dedication to the bassoon made Jan seem harmless. But Jan must have taken Selena’s advice a little too literally when she heard the song “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”.
The lyrics to Selena’s hit practically outline a plan for Jan’s gruesome plans and her inevitable death, with lines like “your lies are bullets, your mouth is a gun” that matches how Jan has staged Tim’s suicide and “put out the fire”. before it bursts into flames, ”which predicts that Oliver and Mabel should stop the gas leak before Jan sets The Arconia on fire.
4 Charles Hayden-Savage – The Heart Wants What It Wants
Charles has not had much luck in love, so when he met someone who laughed at his jokes, he thought he had something special. Despite his good judgment in most cases, Charles was dazzled by Jan’s lies and her desire to have a successful relationship. Yet he could not fight it because “The heart wants what it wants”.
Selena’s song describes a toxic relationship where the victim cannot bring himself to end things. After Charles ignores Oliver and Mabel’s suspicions about Jan, “Hold your advice, because I do not want to hear,” Jan literally poisons Charles, making him “excited, a little vague.” That was one of “a million reasons why” Charles had to end his relationship with Jan.
3 Oscar – Back to you
In a flashback, Oscar comments on how beautiful Mabel looks even though she’s standing next to his girlfriend, Zoe. Oscar tries to go back on his words, but it was clear that he loved Mabel. Oscar spent a decade in prison, probably thinking of Mabel with the same longing as described in Selena’s song, “Back To You.”
The way Oscar looks at Mabel says it all: “You’re stuck in my head and I can not get you out. If I could do it all over again, I know I would return to you. ” Their relationship may be considered taboo because of their past with Zoe, but the chemistry between Mabel and Oscar is undeniable, and therefore it should be explored more in the second season.
2 Mabel Mora – Resuscitation
At a young age, Mabel tragically lost her friend Zoe, and shortly after returning to The Arconia, her former friend Tim was murdered. After solving both murders, Mabel felt her life change until she was reunited with Bunny moments before her untimely death. In the second season, Mabel has a desperate need for a fresh start or a “Revival”.
Mabel begins to feel that “the shackles around me are finally breaking” and that she has been “on self-catering”, just like her aunt’s apartment. She meets an artist colleague named Alice, who opens up new possibilities for her. Mabel realizes that “what I learned is so important, more than just survival”, she wants to clear her name as becoming a professional artist will be her renewal.
1 Alice – Bad Liar
Alice is one of many suspicious characters introduced in the second season. She invites Mabel to join her art collective (which may or may not be a cult), and the couple instantly connect. Mabel and Alice bond over their struggle to overcome past traumas and their use of art as therapy.
Despite Mabel’s romance with Oscar in season 1, she finds herself attracted to Alice and acknowledges that this new woman “occupies a fraction” of her mind, just like in Selena’s song “Bad Liar”. Mabel may think that if Alice is “the art, I will be the paintbrush,” but as a new character and suspect, it is more likely that Alice has secrets that Mabel has not yet discovered.