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"Cometh the Archer" is the eighteenth episode of ninth season of the Murdoch Mysteries, the one hundredth thirty-second episode of the series and the season finale. It first aired on March 21, 2016.


The return of an adversary threatens the lives of Murdoch and Ogden in the season finale.

Sharing a cozy Sunday morning in bed, (may as well, too late for early church service) William and Julia decide it’s time to build their dream house and to adopt a child, giving up hotel living and “taking a risk” with Julia’s cooking when a knock at the door interrupts. Julia had ordered breakfast, “Don’t bother, I’ll go.”

Three shots are heard, William springs out of bed to find a fallen and unconscious Julia, gravely wounded. It’s a race with Time to get her to hospital to save her life.

Who’s behind this assault – possible murder – that has left their once safe residence a crime scene? 

The unflappable Detective Murdoch is frazzled by events that push him to the brink.

Character Revelations


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto, winter of 1903 – the Edwardian Era (1901-1910) a the time in which King Edward VII rules the British Empire; It is known as the Belle Époque era, conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
  • British scientist Richard Caton's research proved that the brain is indeed electrical.


  • Allusion to Stephen King's book and film Misery, with the cinematic feel of McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • At the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, Yannick Bisson won the Fans' Choice Award. At the end of his acceptance speech, he announced that Murdoch Mysteries is coming back with a 10th season.
  • Julia and Eva fight scene filmed at Elliot Tree Farm in Erin, Ontario.
  • Hélène’s simple list of requests, “Can I ride a horse this year and can I shoot a bow and arrow?” MM writers came up with a scenario fulfilling her wishes, thus this episode is a favorite of hers.
  • It was Sean who asked show-runner Peter Mitchell, “Hey, could I die this year?” Peter said, “Yeah, sure man.” It wasn’t a question of having to go down and tell someone who’s been an extra on the show for seven years that he’s not coming back.
  • This final episode of Season 9 drew an overnight audience of 1.32 million to CBC, and the entire ninth season drew an average audience of 1.4 million viewers, according to Numeris data provided by Shaftesbury.


  • While show-runner Peter Mitchell has stated that he wanted Season 10 to start with a clean slate ( with no cliff-hanger to resolve), longtime fans are speculating that Season 9 finale's storyline is all a dream or, at the very least, Julia's coma dream which would explain the anomalies and character inconsistencies. We'll all have to wait for the Fall to see!


Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Mouna Traoré as Rebecca James
Kristian Bruun as Constable Slugger Jackson
Sean Harraher as Constable Worseley
Daiva Johnston as Eva Pearce

Guest Cast

Sean Arbuckle as Doctor George Maharris
Josh Cruddas as Donald Chapman
Ryan Reid as Liam McFarland
Chris Baker as Donald Jones
Alan Lee as Smith
Hilary Carroll as Emily Winters
Elana McMurtry as Nurse
Kyle Meagher as Boy
Alastair Love as Man
Alexander Krstich as Driver


Murdoch Mysteries Season 9
"Nolo Contendere" • "Marked Twain" • "Double Life" • "Barenaked Ladies" • "24 Hours Til Doomsday" • "The Local Option" • "Summer of '75" • "Pipe Dreamzzz" • "Raised On Robbery" • "The Big Chill" • "A Case of The Yips" • "Unlucky In Love" • "Colour Blinded" • "Wild Child" • "House of Industry" • "Bloody Hell" • "From Buffalo With Love" • "Cometh the Archer"
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