Did Mary really kill the hunter on Batwoman season 3?

Batwoman -- “Toxic” -- Image Number: BWN310a_0342r -- Pictured: Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Batwoman -- “Toxic” -- Image Number: BWN310a_0342r -- Pictured: Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /

Spoilers ahead of Batwoman season 3 episode 10

Mary’s story as the baby villain at large, Poison Mary, drew to a close in Batwoman season 3, episode 10 “Toxic,” however, it’s clear that the repercussions of her actions will haunt her moving forward.

It was the knowledge that she’d killed someone that pulled Mary back to Team Bat’s side in time to stop Poison Ivy from flooding Gotham. While they’re willing to brush aside the blood that stain’s Mary’s hands and blame it on Ivy’s vine infecting her, the good doctor doesn’t seem like she’ll be able to compartmentalize in the same way.

The episode ended with her looking into the hunter Alice says she killed only for her to close her laptop, unable to confront what she’s been told she did. Poison Mary wasn’t above hurting people to make her point but killing was a line that she wouldn’t cross or so Mary thought.

Her identity and moral compass is now in question and Mary’s guilt is liable to dog every step she makes. But Mary may have nothing to feel guilty about, at least in terms of the hunter in the woods from “Meet Your Maker.”

After all, Alice came upon his body which had been impaled on a branch, she didn’t actually see Poison Mary kill him or impale him or even threaten to do so. Also impalement isn’t the baby villain’s M.O. No, that’s Ivy’s.

Did Poison Ivy kill the hunter in Batwoman season 3?

Poison Mary had a tendency to wrap her victims up in vines. Her attacks were offensive but were primarily based on immobilizing those who stood against her. Occasionally, she’d fling someone away from her or string them up, but she wasn’t prone to drawing blood.

Her most severe and life-threatening attack came in “Toxic” while she was under the direction and tutelage of Ivy. Her vines wrapped around her victim with a vice like grip, constricting his ability to breathe as her rage increased during her tirade, but she still didn’t kill him.

Unlike Ivy, murder doesn’t come easily to Mary. Even in her villain era, she never wanted to kill anyone. Her instinct was to neutralize threats and assert herself, so the idea that she’d thrown that hunter away from her and grew a branch sharp enough to impale him seems fishy.

Ivy’s the one who impales her victims. She impaled a man in “Meet Your Maker” and “Toxic.” Our first introduction to her powers in “Trust Destiny” included her stabbing Renee Montoya’s partner with a vine. So, it stands to reason that with both Ivy and Poison Mary in the woods, Ivy would have been the one to come across the hunter after Mary and killed him herself.

It’s unclear how long the Batwoman writers will allow Mary to stew in the idea that she killed someone, but it’s doubtful that they actually had her commit a murder especially when she said that she would know if she took a life. First though she’ll need to confront the possibility that she did murder someone and look into the hunter and his family instead of running away from the devastating decision she may have made unknowingly.

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New episodes of Batwoman season 3 air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Next day streaming is available on cwtv.com and The CW app. This season has a total of 13 episodes.