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"Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2"
Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2
Season 12
Episode 1218
Air date March 4, 2019
Written by Simon McNabb and Noelle Girard
Directed by Peter Mitchell
Guest Stars Romy Weltman as Isabel Carmichael
Sebastian Spence as Allen Templeton
Previous Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1
Next Troublemakers

"Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2" is the seventeenth episode of the twelfth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred eighty-sixth of the series. The season finale first aired March 4, 2019.


Murdoch suspects John is being framed for murder by Inspector McWorthy and Brackenreid goes after the corrupt copper. Justice turns to revenge as evidence mounts against the Constable Brackenreid.

While Murdoch and McWorthy arrested John Brackenreid based on the initial evidence, John does not remember shooting Mr. Sutton and stated to Murdoch that he heard footsteps when he entered the room, but Sutton wasn't wearing shoes and was found seated holding a gun with no trace of gunpowder residue on it. The man who shot John is still at large and Murdoch intends to find him.

The killer goes to great lengths to cover their tracks, which involves the new Chief Coroner Miss Hart...

Character Revelations


  • Margaret tells Thomas that he is not to step foot in the hospital until he has cleared their son’s name.
  • The Brackenreids are confronted with John needing a second surgery with some risk involved; Unable to make the choice, Margaret turns to Thomas who tells the doctors to do it.

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1906 – Edward VII (Albert Edward;1841-1910) is King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas.
  • Tom Longboat




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

Daniel Maslany as Detective Watts
Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Arwen Humphreys as Margaret Brackenreid
Charles Vandervaart as John Brackenreid
Clare McConnell as Effie Newsome
Sebastian Pigott as Dr. Dixon
Stephanie Belding as Nurse Sullivan
Sean Bell as Horace McWorthy

Guest Cast

Romy Weltman as Isabel Carmichael
Sebastian Spence as Allen Templeton
Ben Carlson as Mr. Carmichael
James Graham as Arthur Carmichael
D'Pharaoh McKay Woon-A-Tai as Tom Longboat
John Fray as Constable Bauder
M.E. Lewis as Mr. Richards
Noor Jetha as Young Woman

Non-credited Cast

Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb


Murdoch Mysteries Season 12
Murdoch Mystery MansionOperation: MurderMy Big Fat Mimico WeddingMurdoch Without Borders
The Spy Who Loved MurdochSir. Sir? Sir!!!Brother's KeeperDrowning in MoneySecrets and Lies
Pirates of the Great LakesAnnabella CinderellaSix of the BestMurdoch and the Undetectable Man
Sins of the FatherOne Minute to MurderManual for MurderDarkness Before the Dawn Part 1
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