Netflix’s Fatal Seduction follows a married woman who falls in love with a young man after an adulterous one-night stand that involves death, deceit, and dark deeds of the past.
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Nandi, a law professor, is married to Leonard Mahlati, a judge. The two have a strained marriage as she suspects he’s cheating on her with his new assistant, Ameera. When she goes on a weekend getaway with her best friend Brenda.
Brenda encourages her to live a little and pans her sexless marriage, later also nudging her to give the passing young man a shot. Later, Nandi comes to get the hots for the young man, Jacob. The chemistry is buzzing and it soon evolves into an intensely physical connection.
After a great night of passion, the dusk comes with regret for Nandi, who’s also upset with Brenda for encouraging her to have sex. She shortly takes off for home. However, she soon learns that Brenda has killed herself at the house they were staying at.
The police question her regarding any possible third party being there when she was with Brenda, but Nandi doesn’t say the truth. Meanwhile, her daughter Zinhle receives a text from an anonymous guy who keeps texting her at random times and doesn’t reveal his identity, and Zinhle develops a thing for the anonymous person.
Leonard’s brother, Vuyo, who worked on a grisly case ten years ago that made him retire and also threw Brenda into depression, tries investigating the reasons behind Brenda’s death, as he was in a relationship with her.
Nandi keeps suspecting Leonard of cheating while her affair with Jacob continues and gets more intense. Jacob asks about divorce and Nandi is getting the papers ready through a lawyer. However, Leonard displays a sudden change in behavior, treating her with love and affection.
She also learns that Leonard hasn’t been cheating on her, while Vuyo learns about her affair with Jacob. He investigates his past and finds out that he’s the son of the man convicted in the case that changed his and Brenda’s lives ten years ago.
He suspects Jacob to be Brenda’s killer and tells Nandi that. He later takes matters into his own hands and assaults Jacob, while Leonard gets suspicious of his wife and brother’s relationship and confronts Vuyo, who believes he’s called rid of Jacob, before getting shocked by the truth of that dreaded case.
Jacob meets Nandi and confesses what he’s been up to, trying to win her back but she’s only horrified at all these revelations. That’s where volume 1 of Fatal Seduction comes to a close.
Fatal Seduction ending explained in detail:
What happened in the Jiba case?
Ten years before the present day in Fatal Seduction‘s story, a little girl named Busi was raped and killed. A man named Benjamin Jiba was convicted of the crime, and the only witness to the incident, Brenda had first given a different statement but the second time changed it, leading to Jiba’s arrest.
Jiba denied those allegations but even his wife Lucinda and son Jacob found it difficult to fully believe him, which shattered Jiba and he snatched a gun from one of the guards at the prison and killed himself. Meanwhile, it’s revealed that he was indeed innocent, and there was measly evidence against him.
The father of the victim was a minister whose driver was one that many witnesses did claim to be present near the child at the time. However, he trusted his driver and since Leonard was a hustler, he valued his career more than the truth and justice.
He was the one, along with detective Charlie Chace, who forced Brenda to give a false testimony, as she had her doubts but Leonard reassured her again and again of Jiba’s culpability and his creepy tendencies. As a result, Leonard got his promotion and became a judge.
Hearing about his suicide, Brenda got disturbed and became depressed, and over the years since the case would haunt her and she’d long for justice.
Vuyo, who was a cop then and was investigating the case, was shot by someone in his leg and had to retire. He later learns that his own brother Leonard had a hand in it, to stop him from digging into the case further.
Who is Jacob?
Jacob is the son of Benjamin Jiba and Lucinda Tau. He was there when his father shot himself. The incident would go on to affect Lucinda very badly and she would go insane, suffering from selective mutism and early-onset dementia, for which she’d have to be put into care home.
Jacob took her mother’s surname and wished for revenge, thanks to the incident that was nothing but personal to him, affecting his life so drastically. He has also wanted to be a lawyer ever since, to get justice, but it’s a terribly hard uphill battle when people in power are all so corrupt and complicit.
That’s why Jacob stalks Nandi and her family, which is shown at the very beginning of Fatal Seduction. He stalked her, Leonard, their daughter, but once he saw and met Nandi for the first time, he claims he fell for her and the sense of justice she has within herself.
Who dies at the end?
The ending of Fatal Seduction Volume 1 sees Leonard, who’s convinced that his wife and brother are hooking up with each other, go and confront Vuyo. Meanwhile, Vuyo decides to help Nandi and her family by taking care of Jacob, but he also wants to take revenge for Brenda.
He attacks Jacob, ties him up, and tortures him, asking why he killed Brenda. He later stuffs his body inside a body bag and leaves it in the middle of the forest. However, Jacob survives, while Vuyo is confronted by Leonard, who slips up and accidentally mentions doing something wrong ten years ago.
Vuyo figures it out and learns that Leonard had a hand in Brenda’s coerced testimony and the shooting that left him limping and made him retire. Meanwhile, Nandi almost runs Jacob over before reuniting with him perchance. He confesses it all, even the bits concerning his stalking of Zinhle.